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Panel 11

UNICEF and the stars

For most of its 50 years, UNICEF has benefited greatly from the support of internationally known personalities. Danny Kaye pioneered the role, as UNICEF's first Ambassador at large. For over three decades, beginning in 1953, he helped represent UNICEF and the needs of children in the international community. Audrey Hepburn also served as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, from 1988 until her untimely death in January 1993. Her deeply sensitive appeals for children while visiting Ethiopia, Somalia and the Sudan cannot be forgotten.

UNICEF now has five Goodwill Ambassadors, personal representatives of the UNICEF Executive Director, volunteering their time and talents to draw the public's attention to the needs of children.


Photo: Harry Belafonte, who works tirelessly on behalf of children, visited Rwanda in 1994. ©


Current Ambassadors

In addition, a number of celebrated actors, artists, singers and sports figures donate their talents to advocate for children on behalf of UNICEF as Special Representatives, including:

Julio Iglesias, Leon Lai, Nana Mouskouri and Youssou N'Dour are other performers who have given generously of their time and talents in benefit concerts and appearances for UNICEF.


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