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|UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador, Olympic figure-skating champion Yuna Kim.|
International skating sensation Yuna Kim was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 12 July 2010, just months after winning Olympic gold in women’s single skating in Vancouver.
Ms. Kim has long been supportive of UNICEF’s work on behalf of the world’s children, but was especially motivated to step up her engagement following the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January, 2010.
“I want to use my own positive experience to help the children of Haiti and the millions of vulnerable children around the world,” said Yuna Kim. “Even in the hardest circumstances, dreams can give you the courage to live, and I hope I can share that message with children in need."
Ms. Kim continues to lend her voice to help raise awareness about the world’s most vulnerable children. Six months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, she recorded a special television appeal for continued support for Haiti’s children – reminding the world that Haiti’s problems are far from over and that its children continue to be in serious need.
She has also recorded a public service announcement reminding the world to live up to its promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The goals include fighting poverty, gender inequality, diseases, child and maternal mortality, protecting the environment and ensuring that all children have access to a quality primary education.
Ms. Kim was born September 5, 1990, in South Korea and began skating at the age of five. She won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver in women’s single skating and was ranked number one in the world by the International Skating Union. She has stolen the hearts of millions of people around the world not only with her grace, wit and strength on the ice, but also with her consideration and support of others.