FAO Goodwill Ambassador
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 Goodwill Ambassadors Programme was initiated in 1999. The main purpose of the programme is to increase public awareness and to disseminate information on issues related to food security
Food security
Food security refers to the availability of food and one's access to it. A household is considered food-secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation. According to the World Resources Institute, global per capita food production has been increasing substantially for the past...

, hunger and poverty in the world. With this Programme FAO intends to mobilize increased support and enhance the understanding of the public for the cause of "Food for All".

The Goodwill Ambassadors, through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, help expand understanding of how the ideals and objectives of the Organization demand everyone's attention.

Current Ambassadors

Current FAO Goodwill Ambassadors, and the year they were appointed:
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
    Dee Dee Bridgewater
    Dee Dee Bridgewater is an American Jazz singer. She is a three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award - winning stage actress and host of National Public Radio's syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater...

     (singer, Actress), 1999
  • Rita Levi Montalcini (neurologist), 1999
  • Gina Lollobrigida
    Gina Lollobrigida
    Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptress. She was one of the most popular European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s. She was also an iconic sex symbol of the 1950s. Today, she remains an active supporter of Italian and Italian American causes, particularly the...

     (actress, photojournalist), 1999
  • Miriam Makeba
    Miriam Makeba
    Miriam Makeba , nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award winning South African singer and civil rights activist....

     (singer), 1999 (deceased in November 2008)
  • Gong Li
    Gong Li
    Gong Li is a Chinese film actress. Gong first came into international prominence through close collaboration with Chinese director Zhang Yimou and is credited with helping to bring Chinese cinema to Europe and the United States....

     (actress), 2000
  • Youssou N'Dour
    Youssou N'Dour
    Youssou N'Dour is a Senegalese singer, percussionist and occasional actor. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, in Senegal and much of Africa, "perhaps the most famous singer alive." He helped develop a style of popular music in Senegal, known in the Serer language as mbalax, a type of music...

     (singer, percussionist), 2000
  • Magida al Roumi
    Majida El Roumi
    Magida El-Roumi was born in Kfarshima, Lebanon, on December 13, 1956. She is a Lebanese singer and a soprano, who started her musical career in the early 1970s when she participated in the talent show, Studio El Fan on Télé Liban and won the gold medal for best female singer...

    , 2001
  • Al Bano Carrisi
    Albano Carrisi
    Albano Carrisi , better known as Al Bano, is an Italian singer, actor and winemaker.-Biography:He was born in the town of Cellino San Marco , where he still lives....

     (singer), 2001
  • Gilberto Gil
    Gilberto Gil
    Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira , better known as Gilberto Gil or , is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment...

     (musician), 2001
  • Mory Kanté
    Mory Kanté
    Mory Kanté is a vocalist and player of the kora harp. He was born into one of Guinea's best known families of griot musicians...

     (vocalist), 2001
  • Roberto Baggio
    Roberto Baggio
    Roberto Baggio is a retired Italian footballer. Widely regarded as one of the finest footballers of his generation, Baggio won both the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993. He is the only Italian player ever to score in three World Cups. He is also one of the top 5 all-time...

     (footballer), 2002
  • Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (women's athletics), 2002
  • Massimo Ranieri
    Massimo Ranieri
    Massimo Ranieri , is an Italian pop singer, film and stage actor.He was born in Naples , the fifth of eight children in the family. When he was 10, young Giovanni would sing at restaurants, wedding receptions, etc...

     (singer), 2002
  • Dionne Warwick
    Dionne Warwick
    Dionne Warwick is an American singer, actress and TV show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health....

     (singer, actress), 2002
  • Associazione Nazionale Cantanti, 2002
  • Maná
    Maná is a pop rock band from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, whose career has spanned more than three decades. They have earned three Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, five Premios Juventud awards, nine Billboard Latin Music Awards and 13 Premios Lo...

     (pop/rock band), 2003
  • Khaled
    Khaled (musician)
    Khaled Hadj Ibrahim , better known as Khaled, is a raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria...

     (Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist), 2003
  • Noa
    Achinoam Nini
    Achinoam Nini , also known by her professional name, Noa, is a leading Israeli international concert and recording artist.-Career:...

     (Singer), 2003
  • Justine Pasek
    Justine Pasek
    Yostin "Justine" Lissette Pasek Patiño is a Panamanian model, FAO Goodwill Ambassador, and Miss Universe 2002.-Early life:Pasek was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the daughter of a Panamanian homemaker and Polish engineer...

     (model), 2003
  • Oumou Sangaré
    Oumou Sangaré
    Oumou Sangare is a Malian Wassoulou musician, sometimes referred to as "The Songbird of Wassoulou." Wassoulou is a historic region south of the Niger River, and the music there is descended from traditional hunting songs, and is accompanied by a calabash...

     (Singer), 2003
  • Raúl
    Raúl González
    Raúl González Blanco , known simply as Raúl, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker. He currently plays for German club Schalke 04....

     (footballer), 2004
  • Carla Fracci
    Carla Fracci
    Carla Fracci is a ballet dancer and actress. Her career highlights include Nijinsky, Giselle , Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances: Erik Bruhn 1961-1967.-FAO Ambassador:...

     (dancer, actress), 2004
  • Ronan Keating
    Ronan Keating
    Ronan Patrick John Keating is an Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. Keating debuted on the professional music scene alongside Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Stephen Gately, in 1994 as the lead singer of Boyzone. His solo career started in 1999, and...

     (Singer), 2005
  • Beatrice Faumuina
    Beatrice Faumuina
    Beatrice Roini Liua Faumuina, ONZM is a New Zealand discus thrower, a gold medallist at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics. She has represented New Zealand in three Summer Olympics...

    , 2005
  • First Lady of Paraguay
    First Lady of Paraguay
    First Lady of the Nation is the official post of the spouse of the President of Paraguay...

    , 2005
  • Chucho Valdés
    Chucho Valdés
    Chucho Valdés is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba's greatest jazz pianists...

     (pianist, composer), 2006
  • Anggun
    Anggun Cipta Sasmi is an Indonesian singer-songwriter. She has released 12 studio albums and one soundtrack album , and her songs have also been included on various compilation albums. Her musical career began in childhood, and she achieved commercial success in Indonesia when she was 12 years old...

     (Singer and songwriter), 2009
  • Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
    Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
    Margarita Cedeño de Fernández is the present First Lady of the Dominican Republic. She is the wife of President Leonel Fernández. As First Lady, she and her staff coordinate social policies for her husband's administration, generating programs of health and education for children, young people,...

     (First Lady of the Dominican Republic), 2009
  • Pierre Cardin
    Pierre Cardin
    Pierre Cardin Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical...

     (fashion stylist), 2009
  • Carl Lewis
    Carl Lewis
    Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals including 9 gold, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were gold. His career spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and...

    , (Olympic gold medalist), 2009
  • Fanny Lú
    Fanny Lu
    Fanny Lucía Martínez Buenaventura , known professionally as Fanny Lú, is a Colombian singer-songwriter and actress from Santiago de Cali, Colombia.-Early life:...

    , (singer) 2009
  • Patrick Vieira
    Patrick Vieira
    Patrick Vieira is a retired French footballer of Senegalese descent who is the Football Development Executive at Manchester City....

     (footballer), 2010
  • Raoul Bova
    Raoul Bova
    Raoul Bova is an Italian actor.Bova was born in Rome to Calabrian parents. At the age of 16 he became a local champion in the 100 meter backstroke. At the age of 21 he joined the Italian Army and performed his military duty in the Bersaglieri corps...

    , (actor), 2010
  • Céline Dion
    Celine Dion
    Céline Marie Claudette Dion, , , is a Canadian singer. Born to a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record...

    , (singer), 2010
  • Lea Salonga
    Lea Salonga
    Lea Salonga-Chien is a mezzo-soprano singer and actress from the Philippines well known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards.She was the first Asian to play the roles of Éponine and...

    , (singer), 2010
  • Susan Sarandon
    Susan Sarandon
    Susan Sarandon is an American actress. She has worked in films and television since 1969, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking. She had also been nominated for the award for four films before that and has received other recognition for her...

    , (actress), 2010
  • Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak al Ketbi, (Mother of the Nation, United Arab Emirates), 2010

See also

  • Goodwill Ambassador
    Goodwill Ambassador
    Goodwill Ambassador is a collective term sometimes used as a substitute honorific title or a title of honor for an Ambassador of Goodwill; but, most appropriately for a generic recognition, it is a job position or description that is usually indicated following the name of the individual recognized...

  • United Nations Ambassadors
  • UN Environment Programme
  • UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS
  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors
  • UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates of UNESCO who use their talent or fame to spread the UNESCO ideals, especially attracting media attention...

  • UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador
    UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador
    UNFPA Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates of the United Nations Population Fund and use their talent and fame to advocate for the human right of reproductive health.-Current Goodwill Ambassadors:...

  • UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees who use their talent and fame to advocate for refugees.-Current Ambassadors:...

  • UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors
  • UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador
    UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador
    UNIDO Goodwill Ambassadors are expert advocates of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and use their talent and experience to advocate for sustainable industrial development in developing countries...

  • UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassadors
  • United Nations Messengers of Peace
    United Nations Messengers of Peace
    United Nations Messenger of Peace is a title bestowed by the United Nations to "distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, music, literature and sports, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations.The messengers are initially chosen...

     Goodwill Ambassadors
  • UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • WFP World Food Programme
  • WHO Goodwill Ambassador
    WHO Goodwill Ambassador
    WHO Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates of the World Health Organization and use their talent and fame to advocate for health and well-being.-List of Goodwill Ambassadors:WHO Goodwill Ambassadors, and the year they were appointed:...


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