Stranger Things star appointed on World Children's Day, when children around the world unite for their rights and 'take-over' key roles in government, entertainment and business
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NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Emmy-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown has been announced as UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment – marked on World Children's Day at United Nations Headquarters and the Empire State Building in New York – makes the 14-year-old UNICEF's youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador.
"It's a dream come true to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador," said Brown. "It's a huge honor to join such an impressive list of people who have supported UNICEF over the years. I am looking forward to meeting as many children and young people as I can, hearing their stories, and speaking out on their behalf."
In her role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the British star of Stranger Things will use her global platform to help raise awareness of children's rights and issues affecting youth, such as lack of education, safe places to play and learn, and the impact of violence, bullying and poverty. Brown has supported UNICEF's work since 2016, hosting its 70th anniversary celebrations at the United Nations in 2016, and championing UNICEF's inaugural World Children's Day last year. She joins a list of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors including: Muzoon Almellehan, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Danny Glover, Ricky Martin, Leo Messi, Liam Neeson, Shakira and Lilly Singh.
"I'm delighted to welcome Millie to the UNICEF family, particularly on World Children's Day – a day that is all about giving children and young people a voice," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "Children are their own best advocates. I know that Millie will use her passion and dedication to defend the rights of vulnerable children and young people everywhere."
Alongside Millie Bobby Brown being appointed as UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador, countries around the world will appoint UNICEF Youth Ambassadors:
- Wang Yuan (Roy Wang), 18, singer, UNICEF China Ambassador.
- Hima Das, 18, athlete, UNICEF India Ambassador.
- Hinna Asefi Wardak, 15, television presenter, UNICEF Afghanistan Ambassador.
- Sonam Wangchen, 16, singer, songwriter and musician, UNICEF Bhutan Ambassador.
- El Sistema, The National Children's Orchestra of Venezuela, renewed as UNICEF Venezuela Ambassadors.
A number of collaborations with Youth Advocates will take place as part of World Children's Day celebrations:
- Emanne Beasha, 10, singer and advocate and Joud Mbaideen, 14, author and advocate, UNICEF Jordan.
- Raba Khan, 19, social media influencer and YouTuber, UNICEF Bangladesh.
- Kherann Yao, 23, environmentalist, Detty Dione Datto, 24, Vlogger and disabilities advocate, Tchonté Silué, 24, blogger and education advocate, UNICEF Cote D'Ivoire.
- Biljana Stojković, 14, vlogger and influencer, UNICEF Serbia.
- Cedi Osman, 23, professional basketball player, UNICEF Turkey.
For further information and biographies of the Youth Advocates, visit: https://uni.cf/worldchildrensday2018
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