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|UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan poses with artwork created by Cambodian youth to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and non-discrimination.|
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 26 April 2004 – Famous action film star Jackie Chan was appointed today as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Mr. Chan, hugely popular in Cambodia and known locally as “Chin Long,” is taking part this week in a three-day mission to focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
“I am deeply honoured to be appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and UNAIDS and very pleased to be with you here in Phnom Penh today,” said Mr. Chan. “I will do my best as a Goodwill Ambassador to support efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, end discrimination against those affected by it, and ensure that children are protected from the effects of conflict.”
Mr. Chan began his ambassadorial work by having lunch with 30 young Cambodians, living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. The group had created life-sized self-portraits to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and non-discrimination. Mr. Chan spent time talking with the young people about their project, while admiring their exhibition.
Later this week he will be visiting HIV/AIDS care and support projects, including a local temple in Siem Reap, where Buddhist monks are assisting children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Although the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic appears to be stabilizing in recent years, Cambodia still has one of the highest infection rates in Asia.