World renowned Latin-music singer Ricky Martin, a passionate defender of child rights, was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2003.
Mr. Martin first became associated with UNICEF in 1984 as a member of the popular youth group Menudo, which supported the agency’s work.
As a Goodwill Ambassador, he has supported UNICEF’s efforts on behalf of children’s rights, especially in the area of child trafficking. In October 2004, speaking as part of an international panel dedicated to the prevention of trafficking, he made an appeal to the United Nations to help fight sex tourism.
Mr. Martin was also highly visible in the media on behalf of UNICEF following his visit to Thailand’s tsunami-stricken areas in January 2005. Later that year, he travelled Jordan, where he visited the region’s first Child Safety Centre.
As President of the Ricky Martin Foundation, Mr. Martin advocates for the well-being of the world’s children in critical areas such as social justice, education and health. His foundation’s principal project, People for Children, seeks to eliminate child trafficking through education.
A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has sold more than 65 million albums throughout his musical career.