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Model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh’s Appointment as UNICEF Viet Nam Goodwill Ambassador Extended

Ha Noi, 28 August 2012 – Internationally renowned model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh’s appointment as UNICEF Viet Nam’s Goodwill Ambassadors has been officially extended by one year.

“We are pleased to confirm the extension of your appointment as UNICEF Viet Nam Goodwill Ambassador until August 2013”, said UNICEF Viet Nam’s Representative, Ms. Lotta Sylwander, during an official gathering in Ha Noi. “Since your initial appointment in August 2010, you have participated in a number of public and media events and contributed in a unique manner to raising awareness of various issues related to children, including combating stigma and discrimination towards children affected by HIV and AIDS; promoting helmet wearing for children; and encouraging social and cultural change in relation with breastfeeding practices. Your engagement in these activities and your passion as a child rights advocate has contributed to drawing public attention to these issues and was highly welcomed by the young population”.

“I believe all children deserve the chance to make something of their lives. I am committed to helping UNICEF empower children and young people in Viet Nam to help them build a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities. It is an immense honour to be able to team up with UNICEF for one more year in its battle to ensure the future they want to Viet Nam’s next generations", said Ms. Ha Anh as Ms. Sylwander officially handed over the letter extending her appointment as UNICEF Viet Nam’s Goodwill Ambassador. 

Over the next year, in her extended role as a UNICEF Viet Nam Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Vu Nguyen Ha Anh will use her popularity and personal interest in children’s issues to support UNICEF’s mission to reach out to, and boost adolescents and young people’s participation around the following issues: climate change, the prevention of all forms of discrimination, iodine deficiency disorders, the promotion of HIV and AIDS prevention, and digital safety and citizenship. The collaboration with UNICEF Viet Nam will be intended to maximise advocacy reach to children and young people, also ensure their voices are heard on a number of issues that affect their lives.

In addition, it is expected Ms. Vu Nguyen Ha Anh will assist UNICEF’s engagement with the private sector in ensuring companies in Viet Nam understand and take action on their responsibilities to respect and support children’s rights.

“Thank you again heartily for helping build momentum to improve the lives of children around Viet Nam. We are proud to have you as one of the strong voices for vulnerable children”, Ms. Sylwander concluded.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF Viet Nam and its work visit:

For further information, please contact:

  • Ms. Sandra Bisin, UN Communication Office; Tel. +84 4 3822 4383 ext 102; Email:
  • Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong; UN Communication Office; +84 4 3822 4383 ext 118; Email:



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