UN children’s agency UNICEF confers the formal title of UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador to actress, model, television host, recording artist and entrepreneur Anne Curtis.
Curtis is the new addition to a long list of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors around the world that actively support and promote children’s rights, such as Gary Valenciano, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Ricky Martin, Leo Messi, Liam Neeson, Shakiraand Lilly Singh.
“UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are well-known personalities who are willing to do their utmost to mobilize support for children. They are volunteers who demonstrate a high level of commitment to children and to the organization. Anne’s dedication to UNICEF and the rights of children has shone through her many projects and initiatives that promote awareness and raise funds,” Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative says.
Anne’s relationship with UNICEF started when she became a major donor in 2009. Her closer involvement with UNICEF led her to being appointed as a celebrity advocate in 2014. Anne’s special projects with UNICEF include the Heroes for Children runs to support children’s First 1,000 Days, fundraising through her international marathons, and a children’s book that encourages reading and instilling confidence in one’s self.
“I am honored and committed to raising awareness on the issues and rights of children. Children should be our priority and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they have a bright future ahead of them. There is still much more to be done but I believe we all can play our part to bring smiles to children’s faces,” she says.
During her stint as a celebrity advocate, she visited Leyte province in 2015 in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, and Samar province in 2017. She has also kept herself updated on UNICEF’s various programs through briefings with program experts in the areas of Education and Health & Nutrition.
Anne will continue her support to UNICEF’s various advocacies, including education, Violence Against Children, and adolescent health and development, among others.