Nana Mouskouri, internationally acclaimed singer and humanitarian, was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in October 1993. "I always try to see things with children's eyes," she wrote in 1997. "Are they happy? Sad? What do they need?”
Ms. Mouskouri is a veteran child rights advocate. Her first trips as a Goodwill Ambassador were to Mexico, Chile and Viet Nam, where she visited UNICEF-supported projects, met with government officials and performed in concerts that benefited UNICEF programmes.
Ms. Mouskouri has met with children who were displaced by armed conflict and urgently needed assistance and protection. She has made generous financial contributions to UNICEF-supported programmes in Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Viet Nam, Bulgaria and Russia. After a catastrophic earthquake in Greece in 1999, she visited camps for displaced persons and distributed school supplies to children.
Born in Greece, Ms. Mouskouri studied voice and piano at the Athens Conservatory. With more than 300 gold and platinum records to her credit, she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. She has performed in the world's most prestigious concert halls, including the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Olympia (Paris), Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Centre (New York), the Opera House in Sydney and Herod Atticus (Athens).