Since its creation more than 70 years ago, UNICEF has recognized the power of partnering with public figures to bring the situation of children around the world into the spotlight. As celebrity advocates, public figures leverage their talents and fame to defend the rights of children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality and protection.
Taking place near the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, award-winning actor and environmental activist, Nicholas Saputra, has been announced as UNICEF Indonesia’s newest national ambassador. Nico, as he is commonly known, is UNICEF Indonesia’s first National Ambassador appointed in the last 15 years.
Get to Know Nicholas Saputra
Nico is a well-known actor, producer, director and model in Indonesia. He has been in the industry since 2002, and during this period, he’s been nominated (and won several times) as 'best actor' in leading movie award events, both in Indonesia and regionally. His movies have also featured in Cannes Film Festival, and he’s known to be very selective in choosing the movies/ programs/ events he takes part in.
“I feel honoured that UNICEF Indonesia has trusted me with this role. Activism has always been my passion because I care about this nation’s future."
Nicholas Saputra and UNICEF Indonesia
According to Debora Comini, UNICEF Representative, Nico has shown strong commitment to social causes and a passion to push for change. Nico will join actor Ferry Salim, who has been a National Ambassador for UNICEF in Indonesia since 2004. In this new role, Nico will champion children’s rights and speak out on issues affecting young people in Indonesia.
“We are proud to welcome Nicholas Saputra to the UNICEF family. I’m sure his voice will strengthen our advocacy for children’s rights."
Nicholas' First Mission with UNICEF Indonesia
This December, UNICEF and Nico will join forces to drive awareness of the need to improve water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices. Every year, about 150,000 children in Indonesia die from preventable diseases related to poor sanitation, which poses a serious risk to their health and development.
“I learned a lot about the importance of sanitation when I went to East Nusa Tenggara to see UNICEF’s work."
“It was an eye-opening experience, and it encouraged me to do my part because every child has the right to live in a safe and healthy environment.”
"I believe we should start from the very beginning, ensuring that Indonesian children’s rights are fulfilled so we can build a better world for children."