FAO Goodwill Ambassador

FAO Goodwill Ambassador is an official postnominal honorific title, title of authority, legal status and job description assigned to those goodwill ambassadors and advocates who are designated by the United Nations. FAO goodwill ambassadors are celebrity advocates of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that use their talent and fame to advocate for the organization.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations emblem with its Latin motto, Fiat Panis ("Let there be bread")

The Goodwill Ambassador Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been in place since 1999. The main purpose of the programme is to increase public awareness and to disseminate information on issues related to food security and hunger.

FAO encourages its goodwill ambassadors to actively use their talents and influence, and to commit themselves personally and professionally, to assist the organization in raising public awareness of the urgent need to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity, and in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.[1]

Past FAO ambassadors have included Celine Dion, Carl Lewis, Evo Morales, Youssou N'Dour and Susan Sarandon.

Types of FAO goodwill ambassadorsEdit

FAO has three types of Goodwill Ambassadors:

  • The FAO Global Goodwill Ambassador, who are worldwide known celebrities from the worlds of arts, sports, literature, sciences and other fields of public importance.
  • The FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador, who are high-level personalities usually from the field of research or science, who have excelled in an area relevant to the one for which they become special Ambassadors.
  • The FAO National Goodwill Ambassador, who are personalities with local appeal, the work of which they support mainly within the country of their nomination.

Current FAO goodwill ambassadorsEdit

Current goodwill ambassadors, and the year they were appointed:

Name Location References Notes
Thomas Pesquet   France 2021 [2]
Rodrigo Pacheco   Ecuador 2020 [3]
Miriam Makeba   South Africa 1999 [4]
Dee Dee Bridgewater   United States 1999 [5]
Gina Lollobrigida   Italy 1999 [6]
Rita Levi-Montalcini   Italy 1999 [7]
Gong Li   Singapore 2000 [8]
Youssou N'Dour   Senegal 2000 [9]
Gilberto Gil   Brazil 2001 [10]
Majida El Roumi   Lebanon 2001 [11]
Albano Carrisi   Italy 2001 [12]
Mory Kanté   Guinea 2001 [13]
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie   Bahamas 2002 [14]
Roberto Baggio   Italy 2002 [15]
Massimo Ranieri   Italy 2002 [16]
Dionne Warwick   United States 2002 [17]
Italian Singers’ Soccer Team   Italy 2002 [18]
Khaled   Algeria 2003 [19]
Maná   Mexico 2003 [19]
Noa   Israel 2003 [19]
Justine Pasek   Panama,   Poland 2003 [19]
Oumou Sangaré   Mali 2003[19]
Raúl   Spain 2004 [20]
Carla Fracci   Italy 2004 [21]
Ronan Keating   Ireland 2005 [22]
Beatrice Faumuina   New Zealand 2005 [23]
Chucho Valdés   Cuba 2006 [24]
María Gloria Penayo De Duarte   Paraguay 2006 [25] Extraordinary Ambassador
Suzanne Mubarak   Egypt 2008 [26]
Carl Lewis   United States 2009 [27]
Anggun   Indonesia,   France 2009 [27]
Margarita Cedeño de Fernández   Dominican Republic 2009 [27]
Pierre Cardin   France 2009 [27]
Fanny Lu   Colombia 2009 [27]
Raoul Bova   Italy 2010 [28]
Susan Sarandon   United States 2010 [28]
Celine Dion   Canada 2010 [28]
Lea Salonga   Philippines 2010 [28]
Patrick Vieira   France 2010 [29]
Jeremy Irons   United Kingdom 2011 [30]
Evo Morales   Bolivia 2012[31] Special Ambassador to the FAO for the International Year of Quinoa
Prince Laurent of Belgium   Belgium 2014 [32] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Forests and the Environment
Queen Letizia of Spain   Spain 2015 [33] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Nutrition
Leyla Aliyeva   Azerbaijan 2015 [34]
Abdelouahab Zaid   United Arab Emirates 2015 [35]
Bharrat Jagdeo   Guyana 2015 [36] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Forests and the Environment
Letsie III of Lesotho   Lesotho 2016 [37] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Nutrition
Joyce Boye   Canada 2016 [38] Special Ambassador to the FAO for the International Year of Pulses
Kadambot Siddique   India 2016 [38] Special Ambassador to the FAO for the International Year of Pulses
Maggie Habib   Egypt 2016 [38] Special Ambassador to the FAO for the International Year of Pulses
Jenny Chandler   United Kingdom 2016 [38] Special Ambassador to the FAO for the International Year of Pulses
Patricia Juárez Arango   Mexico 2016 [38] Special Ambassador to the FAO for the International Year of Pulses
Elizabeth Mpofu   Zimbabwe 2016 [38] Special Ambassador to the FAO for the International Year of Pulses
Carlo Petrini   Italy 2016 [39] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Zero Hunger
Guadalupe Valdez   Dominican Republic 2016 [39] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Zero Hunger
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand   Thailand 2016 [39] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Zero Hunger
Kanayo F. Nwanze   Nigeria 2017 [39] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Zero Hunger
Darine El Khatib   Lebanon 2017 [39] Special Ambassador to the FAO for Zero Hunger
Katsuhiro Nakamura   Japan 2017 [40]
Hiroko Kuniya   Japan 2017 [40]
Rodrigo Pacheco   Ecuador 2020 [3]

See alsoEdit

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