Jakarta, 11 November 2019 – Award-winning actor and environmental activist Nicholas Saputra was announced today as UNICEF’s newest National Ambassador in Indonesia, just days ahead of the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this new role, Nico, as he is commonly known, will champion children’s rights and speak out on issues affecting young people in Indonesia.
“I feel honoured that UNICEF in Indonesia has trusted me with this role,” said Saputra. “Activism has always been my passion because I care about this nation’s future. 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,” said Saputra.
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.
“We are proud to welcome Nicholas Saputra to the UNICEF family,” said UNICEF Representative Debora Comini. “Nico has shown a strong commitment to social causes and a passion to push for change. I’m sure his voice will strengthen our advocacy for children’s rights.”
This December, UNICEF and Nicolas Saputra 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,” said Saputra. “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,” he said.
Nicholas Saputra will join actor Ferry Salim, who has been a National Ambassador for UNICEF in Indonesia since 2004.
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