Daphne Paez and Anne Curtis elevated to UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassadors
UNICEF celebrity advocates elevated to prestigious title for their work in promoting and protecting the rights of Filipino children
MANILA, 7 February 2019 – UN children’s agency UNICEF confers the formal title of UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador to long-time celebrity advocates Daphne Oseña-Paez and Anne Curtis.
Paez and Curtis are new additions to a long list of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors who actively support and promote children’s rights, such as Gary Valenciano, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Ricky Martin, Leo Messi, Liam Neeson, Shakira and Lilly Singh.
“UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are well-known personalities who lend their influence for the wellbeing of children, who are willing to do their utmost to mobilize support for children. They are volunteers who demonstrate a high level of commitment to children and to the organization. We welcome Daphne and Anne into the UNICEF family as new UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassadors because of their strong dedication and drive for results for children throughout all these years,” Ms. Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative says.
TV host and producer, entrepreneur and mother of three Daphne Oseña Paez has been a UNICEF advocate since 2010. As an advocate for breastfeeding, she has been involved in infant and young child feeding, maternal health and maternal mortality, universal primary education, nutrition and more recently, child protection.
“Being an advocate and fundraiser for UNICEF is something I truly treasure and take seriously. Being a mother to three daughters, I strongly identify with UNICEF’s values and vision for children’s growth, development, protection and participation,” Daphne says.
Daphne’s flagship project for UNICEF Philippines is Auction for Action, an art auction that brings together top Filipino artists in design, furniture, art and jewelry for a good cause. Curated by Daphne, the auction is a product of UNICEF and Daphne’s collaboration to bring the world of art, furniture and design together with her advocacy for children. Daphne has traveled to many parts of the Philippines to meet children and mothers and witness UNICEF in action.
Actress, model, television host, recording artist and entrepreneur Anne Curtis has been a major donor to UNICEF since 2009, until her closer involvement with UNICEF led her to being appointed a celebrity advocate in 2014. Anne’s special projects with UNICEF include the Heroes for Children runs to support children’s First 1,000 Days, fundraising through international marathons, and a children’s book that encourages reading and instilling confidence in one’s self.
“I am honored and committed to raising awareness on the issues and rights of children. Children should be our priority and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they have a bright future ahead of them. There is still much more to be done but I believe we all can play our part to bring smiles to children’s faces,” she says.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in the Philippines, visit www.unicef.ph.