BIOGRAPHIES   

Feryal Ali Gauhar
Actress and filmmaker Feryal Ali Gauhar (Pakistan) was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for her country in 1999. Trained as a political economist, her filmmaking concentrates on development issues, with a special focus on women and children. Her television roles have always highlighted the position of women in a feudal society. In her work with UNFPA, Ms. Gauhar has focused on violence and crimes against women, with a special emphasis on "honour killings." Ms. Gauhar trains the civil service in gender sensitization and addresses public forums around the country. She works with rural communities as well as the urban poor and will be working with the police and the judiciary in the area of violence towards women.
Danny Glover
Internationally acclaimed actor and human rights crusader Danny Glover (USA) was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme in 1998 and has focused his efforts on helping raise public awareness about UNDP's global mission to eradicate poverty. His commitment to human rights is exemplified by his personal involvement in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and his efforts to protect the rights of underserved communities in the United States.

Danny Glover first became involved with UNDP as the Master of Ceremonies for the first International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Awards Ceremony in 1997. As Global Goodwill Ambassador, he served in that same capacity for the 1998 and 2000 Race Against Poverty Awards Ceremony.

Since taking on his duties as Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Glover has visited UNDP projects in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Haiti, Mali, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, to focus on how communities in developing countries are overcoming obstacles to a better life. Mr. Glover has also joined the fight against HIV/AIDS, giving speeches and submitting testimony on this issue before the U.S Congress. He was a member of the official delegation of the United Nations Development Programme to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held last September in Durban, South Africa.

In December 2001, Danny Glover was the honorary Co-Chair of Heroes in the Struggle: A Photographic Tribute to 20 African American AIDS Warriors who have made outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, sponsored by the African American AIDS Policy and Training Institute in California.

Linda Gray
Actress Linda Gray (USA), best known for her role on the long-running television show, Dallas, is chairperson of UNFPA's Face to Face Campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of the plight of women who have been denied basic humanrights, including reproductive health care and family planning. Ms. Gray visited Nicaragua in 1997 to record a television programme for UNFPA on teen pregnancy. She has also made several public service announcements for the Fund. Active in the campaign since her appointment as Goodwill Ambassador in 1998, Ms. Gray has participated in White House and Congressional events related to building a U.S. constituency for international family planning as well as environmental issues by giving speeches to environmental and family planning groups in the United States.
Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell (United Kingdom) was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for her country in 1998. She promotes UNFPA's international advocacy campaign for reproductive health care, gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the world. She will be working in partnership with Marie Stopes International and Population Concern in the United Kingdom as part of UNFPA's Face to Face Campaign to raise concern about reproductive health and human rights, especially for women.

Ms. Halliwell traveled to the Philippines last year on behalf of UNFPA and spoke to young people about the importance of responsible sexual behaviour. As a result of her visit, the Government announced it was changing its policy on family planning. She addressed a model UN summit for young people from all over Europe in London in April 2000. She is also an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Hanne-Vibeke Holst
Author and journalist Hanne-Vibeke Holst (Denmark) was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and Face to Face Campaign spokesperson for her country in 1998. A best-selling fiction writer, Ms. Holst's novels deal with modern women balancing their new options with their old problems. In her home country, Ms. Holst is known and respected as an outspoken advocate for women's rights and for building a global, common conscience in the 21st century. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Danish Family Planning Association and is a member of the Danish UNESCO National Commission.
Adel Imam
Egypt's film superstar Adel Imam, whose credits include more than 105 movies and nine plays, is one of the best-known actors in the Arab world. In a rich career spanning 30 years, he has portrayed - with humour - victims of injustice, poverty, corruption, fanaticism, and dictatorship.

An advocate of human dignity, tolerance, democracy and human rights, his values as an artist are those promoted by UNHCR in its everyday protection of refugees, assistance to victims of persecution or wars, and its search for solutions to their dilemma. He was appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001, and visited refugee camps in many Arab countries, focusing public attention on their squalid and unbearable conditions. Imam also participated in a documentary film aimed at replenishing the fund of UNHCR.

Kari Jaquesson
Kari Jaquesson is Norway's leading fitness personality. She has been a fitness professional since she was 20 years old, founding and managing her own fitness facility in Oslo since 1983.

In addition to traveling all over Norway conducting workshops, guest classes and lectures for fitness centres and corporations, she has been featured daily as the "come and get up!" motivator of Good Morning Norway on Norwegian TV2 since 1994.

She stars in prime time entertainment shows, and makes food and lifestyle programmes. Ms. Jaquesson is the creator and star of four bestselling fitness videos, and has also released several health tips books.

As a Face to Face Campaign spokesperson, she believes in every human being's right to healthcare and, especially, in a woman's right to carry and deliver babies safely.

Angelina Jolie
Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. Since her appointment, Ms. Jolie has made arduous field visits to meet with refugees in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire, Cambodia, Pakistan, Namibia and Thailand. She released diaries that she kept during her visits to Sierra Leone and Tanzania on the Internet to publicize the work of UNHCR.
Johann Olav Koss

Winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, speed skater Johann Olav Koss (Norway) was named UNICEF Special Representative for Sports in 1994. Mr. Koss has been a highly visible advocate for UNICEF's work on behalf of children everywhere, emphasizing the particular needs of disabled children and those affected by war. He has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children around the world-in Bosnia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Viet Nam-by introducing them to sports.

In 1994, Mr. Koss retired from speed skating, yet his humanitarian efforts have not slowed down. In 2001 and 2002, he continued to support the work of several National Committees. In May, he attended several functions of the Special Session on Children, and spoke at workshops on Early Child Care and on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. He is also Chairperson of Olympic Aid, a humanitarian organization that provides relief for children in war-torn countries.

Mikko Kuustonen
Singer and songwriter Mikko Kuustonen (Finland) has developed a worldwide reputation in more than 20 years in the music business and was named UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 1998. He serves as a spokesperson for UNFPA's Face to Face Campaign as well as for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Vaestoliitto (the Family Federation of Finland) and 18 other European non-governmental organizations. The campaign aims to build support for increased funding for reproductive health services for women and to publicize the plight of millions of women denied basic human rights, including family planning and other health services.

In 1999, Mr. Kuustonen completed a 10-part television documentary series which traces the lives of 10 different women around the world, including those of two UNFPA Goodwill Ambassadors, Waris Dirie and Shabana Azmi. In 2000, he brought national public attention to HIV/AIDS and other issues of concern to women and youth in two television productions marking International Women's Day.

Much of the inspiration for Mr. Kuustonen's music comes from his involvement in developing countries where he has traveled extensively, reporting for Finnish newspapers.

Mpule Kwelagobe
Mpule Kwelagobe, 1999 Miss Universe from Botswana, was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 as a special advocate on the issue of HIV/AIDS, particularly in relation to adolescents. She has long been an active supporter of UNFPA. As a teenager, Ms. Kwelagobe was part of a UNFPA-funded project called Peer Approach Counseling by Teenagers (PACT) at her local high school, aimed at teaching students about reproductive health through peer discussion. She has set up her own foundation to raise funds for HIV-related work, including the Mpule Kwelagobe Children's Village, which will be home to some 400 children affected or infected by HIV.

Ms. Kwelagobe has lobbied the U.S. Congress for better funding to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa and greater funding for UNFPA family planning programmes. She recently joined Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to testify before the U.S. Congress on the scale of the epidemic in Africa. In addition, she helped launch the African Youth Alliance in Botswana, a UNFPA-supported anti-HIV/AIDS initiative, and at the Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, she spoke of the impact of HIV/AIDS on her country to highlight the effect of the deadly disease on least developed countries.

Leon Lai
One of Hong Kong's most popular male singers and actors, Leon Lai was designated UNICEF Ambassador in 1994, and UNICEF Special Representative to Youth in 1995. Since then, he has been participating actively in various fund raising activities of the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (HKCU), including charity concertsand walkathons. Together with the representatives of HKCU, Leon Lai visited Rwanda, the Gausu Province of China, and Brazil, to conduct an in-depth study of UNICEF missions in the region and to convey the message of Help UNICEF Help Children to the public.
Goedele Liekens
A well-known media personality in Belgium and host of a popular television show on social and relationship issues, Goedele Liekens was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and Face to Face Campaign spokesperson for her country in 1999. A successful, practicing psychologist-sexologist, she has made the understanding and improvement of human sexuality and relationships the focus of her professional life. Ms. Liekens writes on the situation of women in developing countries.

In 2001, she visited Botswana and witnessed the effects of HIV/AIDS there. She then reported what she had witnessed at the United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, held in May 2001 in Brussels, and to the Belgian Parliament. She campaigns for concrete actions to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. In 2002, she witnessed and reported on Afghan women's health needs and how UNFPA is helping.

Simona Marchini
Actress, singer and manager of the contemporary art gallery La Nuova Pesa, Simona Marchini has been active on the cultural and artistic scenes in Rome since the 1960s, promoting cultural events and organizing opera performances in various Italian theatres and cities. As an actress, she is well known for both her RAI-TV programmes, and for her role in some of the major theatrical successes of the past 20 years, such as Rugantino.

Marchini was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987, and has promoted various cultural activities and gala events to benefit UNICEF. She formed a group of artists supporting UNICEF, and produced radio and television spots to support fund raising campaigns. In 1998, she traveled to Benin and Togo. Upon her return, she launched successful fund raising campaigns, and produced a RAI documentary on both countries.

George McGovern
Throughout his career, former U.S. Senator and decorated war veteran George McGovern worked tirelessly to improve the availability and the quality of food worldwide. As the first director of the United States Food for Peace Program, appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, he was instrumental in founding the World Food Programme.

In 2001, he was appointed Global Ambassador for Hunger on behalf of the World Food Programme. In order to eradicate hunger and poverty, McGovern focuses on children and mothers.

Recently, he published a book entitled Ending World Hunger in Our Time, in which he lays out a strategy to end global hunger by focusing on programmes that feed and educate poor children.

Roger Moore
Roger Moore, CBE, the popular British film, television and stage actor, is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Simon Templar in The Saint, and as secret agent James Bond in internationally successful television shows and films. He began fighting for children's rights when he was appointed as UNICEF Special Representative for the Film Arts in 1991. In view of his outstanding service on behalf of the world's children, Moore was subsequently named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Moore has represented UNICEF at numerous events and field missions, and has worked tirelessly on UNICEF's behalf. He serves as honorary chairman of the UNICEF/Kiwanis International Campaign to Eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD). In the past year, he promoted the Global Movement for Children and Say Yes for Children campaigns, and was a very active participant in the United Nations Special Session on Children.

Nana Mouskouri
Singer and humanitarian Nana Mouskouri (Greece) was appointed UNICEF Special Representative for the Performing Arts in 1993, and has actively supported UNICEF through concerts and field trips to Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has visited schools, health and education projects, and spoken out for child rights through the media and in meetings with government officials. Ms. Mouskouri has given many concerts to benefit UNICEF, including a special concert in Kenya as part of a private sector fund raising initiative and in Guatemala, where she also presented the annual Communications Award to journalists recognized for their coverage of child-related issues.

Ms. Mouskouri participated in several fund raising events for national committees, and gave a concert in Morocco to support girls' education projects. In addition, she helps promote UNICEF fund raising and greeting card campaigns in Europe and North America.

Dikembe Mutombo
Philadelphia 76ers basketball star and UNDP's First Youth Emissary since 1999, Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) has long been dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for people in his country through The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation that he created in 1997.

As a Youth Emissary, Mr. Mutombo has made four trips to Africa in five years. His unwavering dedication to eradicate childhood diseases, which take the lives of Congolese children daily, has further ignited his ambition to fight poverty. He has hosted basketball "clinics" for as many as 2,000 children throughout Africa.

Dikembe Mutombo's charitable contributions include providing funds for the women's basketball team of the DRC, supporting troubled students, visiting children at local hospitals, and encouraging parents to immunize their children against polio In 1998, his humanitarian work was honoured by the U.S. Congress.