Model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh appointed UNICEF Viet Nam Goodwill Ambassador
Ha Noi, 18 August 2010 – Internationally renowned model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh, is joining the ranks of over 270 national Goodwill Ambassadors that are supporting UNICEF around the world to increase public awareness of the rights of children and women. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are well-known personalities willing to do their utmost to mobilise support for children among the general public and within their industry. These volunteers have a unique ability to touch people’s hearts with their passion and commitment.
“Supporting UNICEF's work for children in Viet Nam is a life-long dream. Child rights is an issue that I've been engaged with on many different levels for a number of years. But it is a privilege and an immense pleasure to team up with UNICEF, an organisation that has a unique mission, tremendous capacity and has already achieved so much in Viet Nam", said Ms. Ha Anh as at a press briefing in Ha Noi during which she was officially appointed UNICEF Viet Nam’s Goodwill Ambassador.
Ms. Ha Anh, now in her late twenties, studied in the United-Kingdom (UK), where she began a career as a photo model and quickly became popular. She worked intensively within the fashion industry around the world and eventually became known as a "super model". While living in the UK, Ms. Vu engaged in various charity work, and here in Viet Nam she has been involved with an organisation providing support to children with disabilities. Ms. Vu is now based in Viet Nam while still engaged in her work around the world.
Ms. Vu Nguyen Ha Anh’s appointment as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador is an acknowledgment of her commitment to children’s issues.
“While she already enjoys high visibility and an enthusiastic following in Viet Nam, especially among younger people, we appreciate the fact that Ms. Ha Anh is well connected to the cultural and artistic scene in Viet Nam and that she can mobilise many of her peers and fellow celebrities for the cause of Viet Nam's children.”, said M. Jean Dupraz, UNICEF Viet Nam acting Representative. “She has struck us as not only an excellent role model for young people, but also as the perfect bridge between the younger and the older generations in Viet Nam. Given her strong commitment to children affected by HIV/AIDS, and to social and cultural change in relation to breastfeeding practice and sex selection at birth as well as road safety in Viet Nam, she will be a compelling and eloquent advocate for these and related issues.”
Ms. Vu Nguyen Ha Anh will initially focus her public engagement and support to UNICEF on five specific issues: combating stigma and discrimination towards children affected by HIV/AIDS; raising awareness among young people about HIV and AIDS prevention; advocating for road safety and the importance of helmet wearing by children; and encouraging social and cultural change in relation to breastfeeding and sex selection at birth.
The duration of Ms. Vu Nguyen Ha Anh’s appointment as UNICEF Viet Nam Goodwill Ambassador is for two years, from August 2010 to July 2012.
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