UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2009
"UNICEF does not simply provide people with the humanitarian aid, but also elaborates on the tools to solve problems and improve the life of children and women."
British film and stage actor Orlando Bloom was appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2009, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world. He is well known for his roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean films and the Academy Award–winning trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
Orlando has supported UNICEF since 2007, when he first visited schools in the remote districts of Kaski and Chitwan, two of the poorest areas of Nepal. He has since travelled extensively with UNICEF to countries including Bangladesh, Jordan, Liberia, Niger and Ukraine.
In 2015, he received the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work with UNICEF. Orlando was also presented with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the 2015 UNICEF Snowflake Ball.
Orlando Bloom's activity with UNICEF
- Orlando and other UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors joined a call by high-profile supporters demanding that G7 leaders commit to donating doses of COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries.
- In support of World Immunization Week, Orlando reconnected with Abed from UNICEF Jordan after his visit to the country with UNICEF in 2014. In the video conversation, they discussed what UNICEF and partners are doing to provide COVID-19 vaccines to both Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees.
On World Children’s Day, Orlando spoke with Maria, an 11-year-old activist, to discuss sustainability and to learn about what she’s doing to protect her environment in Barbados.
Orlando and fellow UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry welcomed their child Daisy Dove Bloom to the world. They announced the birth via UNICEF’s Instagram account, encouraging donations to UNICEF to ensure every mother and newborn get the care they need.
Orlando visited Mozambique to meet children who were still in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth. He travelled to Beira, one of the areas worst-affected by Cyclone Idai, which killed over 600 people and destroyed nearly 240,000 homes when it made landfall in March 2019.
Orlando starred in an episode of the documentary series Tales by Light, streamed globally on Netflix, to highlight the plight of children living and working in slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Orlando starred alongside fellow UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in a film to launch World Children’s Day and encourage people to take part.
- Orlando travelled with UNICEF to Diffa, Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, where Boko Haram violence displaced hundreds of thousands of children.
- Orlando joined other UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors at the UNICEF seventieth anniversary event in New York and called for a fair chance for every child.
- Orlando traveled to war torn eastern Ukraine where one in five schools and kindergartens were damaged or destroyed by shelling. He was in the country to raise awareness of the global education crisis facing children in emergencies.
Orlando met with children who had escaped violence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria during a visit to a refugee and migrant reception centre near Gevgelija in North Macedonia.
Orlando travelled with UNICEF to Liberia, where he praised the efforts of Ebola-affected communities in combatting the deadly virus.
- Orlando visited Jordan to meet with Syrian children whose lives had been upended by the conflict.
Orlando met with children and young people in the town of Grabouw near Cape Town, South Africa, at a UNICEF-supported Isibindi programme that provides community-led assistance for orphans and children at risk of abuse, neglect and dropping out of school.
- Orlando travelled with UNICEF to Moscow, Russia, where he visited the Krasnoselsky social rehabilitation shelter for children from economically vulnerable families.
- During a four-day visit to Nepal, Orlando visited schools and villages in the western districts of Kaski and Chitwan, two of Nepal’s most impoverished areas, to learn how UNICEF-supported water and sanitation programmes have benefited local communities.