Edward Norton was appointed United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity on 8 July 2010, making him the first Goodwill Ambassador appointed by the Secretary-General.
As a Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, Mr. Norton works closely with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to help spotlight the importance of biodiversity to human well-being and to ensure world leaders take appropriate measures to protect the environment.
An acclaimed actor and two-time Academy Award nominee, Mr. Norton is also a committed social and environmental activist. He is the President of the Board of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a community conservation organization that partners with traditional communities in East Africa to conserve key ecosystems by developing sustainable, natural resource-based economic revenues. Mr. Norton also serves on the Board of Trustees of Enterprise, which works to move families up and out of poverty and transform low-income communities across the US through the development of decent affordable housing and social service networks.