Released: October 2009

Country: United States

Creator: Silvio Horta 

Lead Actors: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana


The ABC comedy series Ugly Betty revolves around the female protagonist Betty Suarez who, despite her lack of style, lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine. For its season premiere episode in 2009, the show filmed scenes at UN Headquarters for the “Nothing but Nets” campaign, an initiative of the UN Foundation in the global fight against malaria. In an effort to bring more substance to the fictional fashion magazine where she works, Betty stages a fashion shoot at the UN showcasing models wearing fashionable forms of mosquito netting as the means of drawing more attention to the campaign. The episode was watched by 5 million viewers.

CCOI’s Role:

CCOI facilitated on-location filming at UN Headquarters in New York and coordinated the related legal and logistical arrangements.

UN Locations:

Economic and Social Council Chamber, Hall of Flags

Related UN Issues:

Sustainable Development Goal #3 – Good Health and Well-Being

News Coverage:

[TV Guide] Ugly Betty Team with the United Nations to Fight Malaria

[UN News] Stars of ABC TV ‘Ugly Betty’ Series to Visit United Nations to Help Raise Awareness about Anti-Malaria Campaign