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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Danny Glover Denounces Racism as Afrophobia

Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas

Danny Glover attends the Special Meeting of the
General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

30 June 2016 – The international community must increase its commitment to fighting Afrophobia and discrimination against people of African descent, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Danny Glover has said, speaking during the International Decade for People of African Descent.

In a recently released message, Mr. Glover, who advocates on behalf of the estimated 200 million people of African descent living in North and South America, urged national and multilateral partners in the Americas to ensure that policies work with and in support of this often marginalized group.

“The three UN themes – respect, justice, development – must be utilized as an interrelated guide,” Mr. Glover said, adding that the successes of the Afro-descendent populations help to guarantee successes of the entire society.

In an interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Glover, an African-American whose grandparents were born in the 1890s in the southern United States city of Louisville, Georgia, spoke personally about race and the segregation of the United States.

“One of the moral underpinnings of my childhood was that my mother would always say that she was eternally grateful for her mother and father because she didn’t pick cotton in September, she went to school in September,” he said, a decision that allowed her to graduate from college in 1942.

These familial experiences are what anchor Mr. Glover, who growing up in San Francisco, California, did not attend a segregated school, in his work on behalf of the UN and the International Decade for People of African Descent which runs through 2024.

“I would hope that there would be a place within this period for specific projects,” he said. Listen below to the types of political projects for which Mr. Glover is advocating.

Today, there are at least 40 million people in the United States alone who identify themselves as being of African descent, and many of them are among the poorest socio-economic groups, according to the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that people of African descent are “among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education.”
The promotion and protection of human rights of people of African descent has been a priority concern for the UN. The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, agreed to at the 2001 World Conference, acknowledged that people of African descent were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism, and continue to be victims of their consequences.

“Wherever we are, whether we’re in Brazil or Colombia or Ecuador, we are decedents of the transatlantic slave trade,” Mr. Glover said. “Whether we’re in the Caribbean or here [the United States] or Canada, we can trace our identity to that moment in human history when essentially we became the capital of the new system that came into existence.”

Listen to Mr. Glover speak more about the shared experience between people of African descent in the clip below.

The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution 68/237, provides a framework for the UN, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.

In addition, the Decade is meant to underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to international societies, promote their full inclusion, and combat racism, radical discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Mr. Glover said the timing of the Decade is particularly important given the ongoing events in his home country of the United States.

“[At] this time in history, you not only have to say more but do more,” he said. “We have an opportunity as we talk about all the things happening internally in the United States, as we begin to look at the present industrial complexity in the United States, the justice system of the United States, the lack of youth employment, violence against young black men and black women, all those things resonate here are a microcosm of what is happening in the rest of the world.”

Republished from News Source: UN News, Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Goodwill Ambassadors as Global Citizens

Goodwill Ambassadors of the United Nations

The United Nations reminds us this month about the importance of Goodwill Ambassadors, Messengers of Peace Champions of Sport, and other Special Representatives that work to promote ideals that foster humanity and unity as international civil servants under a great number of departments and specialized divisions.

Each of the celebrities and public figures (which include actors, artists, authors, musicians, politicians, and other popular figures) has expressed an interest in advocating and serving the United Nations as a politically and religiously neutral figure to serve as an ambassador to promote ideals that are universal and global.

UN Goodwill Ambassadors 
UN Special, Magazine, No 752, September 2015

The UN Special: Magazine of International Civil Servants this month highlights the accomplishments and horizons of this humanitarian task force we know as goodwill ambassadors and their work around the world. The United Nations has been using goodwill ambassadors since 1954 when they introduced actor, singer and dancer Danny Kaye as their first special representative with the special title of Goodwill Ambassador.

Today the UN has nearly 500 goodwill ambassadors actively working with organizations like UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, and a dozen other specialized divisions.

Coincidentally this month the United Nations, hundreds of iNGOs, and their goodwill ambassadors will lead 193 nations toward creating a sustainable world when the global priority shifts to the recovery of the global ecosystem and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, some say it will be the biggest change ever experienced by human-kind. People should expect many changes in lifestyle and methods that have been identified as unsustainable.

New Opportunity

Every state that participates will be rewarded well for their compliance through the Climate Fund and the World Bank; the UN and independent organizations like Globcal International are positioned to create facilitatory services to the public and private sectors to benefit best from the SDGs. The United Nations is implementing international observers and economic oversight to protect against corruption, Globcal similarly will offer special services through a cooperative service and trading program designed for global citizens.

Become better positioned and prepared for the change as a member of Globcal International (as a goodwill ambassador or global citizen) to work with us on UN SDG projects, in Biosphere Reserves, at UNESCO sites, archeological parks, and within Indigenous Territories. Many of our members move onto careers with the United Nations and other iNGOs like the Red Cross.

Globcal International and the Goodwill Ambassadors of the World program began promoting the new Post-2015 Agenda and programs that promote sustainability with the MDGs and are now positioned for the SDGs with the development of a special sanctioned global citizenship pilot program designed to exempt global citizens and goodwill ambassadors in their work and travels. To learn more about becoming a goodwill ambassador working for Globcal International and the United Nations please contact us for a private personal development consultation.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Children Are Not for Sale

Jackie Chan Combating Child Trafficking

New York - Celebrated actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan arrives in Myanmar this week on a three-day mission to help combat child trafficking.

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Mr. Chan will meet children who have been trafficked and are now receiving help to recover from the suffering and distress caused by this multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise. Every year, some 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide.

In Myanmar, Mr. Chan will visit a vocational training centre for trafficked children who have managed to return home but are in need of special care and support. He will also travel to UNICEF-supported projects assisting children at risk of being trafficked, including those without parental care and children who are living and working on the street.

He will discuss how to effectively combat trafficking with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and with members of Myanmar's Police Anti-Trafficking Task Force in Mandalay.

In the lead up to the trip, Mr. Chan said: "Trafficking and exploiting children are horrific crimes. They leave lifelong scars and rob children of their childhoods. Children are not for sale. For the sake the world's children, we must work hard to stamp out these damaging and criminal practices."

Trafficking exposes children to physical violence, sexual abuse, and grave emotional distress. In East and Southeast Asia the trafficking industry is fueled by demand for cheap or exploitable labour, commercials sex with children, adoption outside legal channels, and forcing women or girls into exploitative marriages.

Trafficking is also closely linked to migration. Tens of millions of people migrate for work within their own countries and across borders in the region. When they are far away from their homes and support systems, families - and especially children - face an increased risk of being trafficked.

If families have essential information and education on how to protect themselves, the risks of being trafficked can be reduced. Jackie Chan plans to deliver messages about self-protection to young people in Myanmar during his visit.

"It is very important that young people know how to protect themselves," said Mr. Chan. "Simple things, like knowing not to trust anyone who promises you a dream job in another country; never going to an unknown place alone; knowing your parents' and your own full name and age; and being able to explain where you live, help children guard against traffickers."

Jackie Chan has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2004, using his celebrity status as a vehicle to promote humanitarian progress for the most disadvantaged children.

"Jackie Chan is hugely popular in Myanmar and he is a strong and dedicated advocate of child rights," said Ramesh Shrestha, UNICEF Representative in Myanmar. "Children and teenagers are inspired by his martial arts skills, bravery, adventure and humour. He will be a source of inspiration and encouragement to young generation," he said.

You can follow updates and photos of his trip on UNICEF Facebook and Twitter @UNICEF and #Jackie4Kids.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chicharito to become UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Chicharito to become Mexico's UNICEF Ambassador

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who plays for Manchester United and the Mexican national team, has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Mexico.

"My first move as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Mexico is to join the call for 10 for the children to move the score in favor of the children and teenagers of all our Mexico," Hernandez said.

The soccer player, who accepted his ambassadorship at a ceremony attended by about 150 people on Saturday, said the job was special because it had to do with Mexico's youth.

"What matters the most to me, what matters to me the most is to help lots of kids, all of the children in our Mexico, so they can help the country get ahead. I am so happy, thankful," the player said.

"This document is one of the most beautiful I've seen in my life and I am going to play this match with all my heart and all my life," Hernandez said.

The player has been doing charitable work in Mexico before joining the national team, which is in the United States.

Hernandez said he agreed to be a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Mexico because it involved "bringing messages that help improve the lives" of children and helping them achieve their goals.

Mexico has 110 million people, of whom 21 million are between the ages of 10 and 19.

Hernandez is the first Mexican athlete to be named to the honorary post of UNICEF goodwill ambassador and the third Mexican to receive the honor. Singers Cesar Costa and Julieta Venegas were named UNICEF goodwill ambassadors in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Francesco Totti, Ivan Zamorano and Luis Figo are the other soccer players who serve as UNICEF goodwill ambassadors.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Entrepreneurs, Rappers, Welcome as Goodwill Ambassadors

We can Change the World if you are Dedicated to Selfless Work in Benefit to Everyone

Entrepreneur, Rapper Won-G Partners With 'Dome' Foundation 

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2, 2009 - PRNewswire -- Rap artist and entrepreneur Won-G has formed a partnership to create "One Dome at a Time," a charity providing housing to people around the world.

The announcement marks the beginning of a collaboration between the Haitian-born musician's "Save Haiti Foundation" and Monolithic, the US company that builds the dome-shaped dwellings. A signing ceremony will kick start the project in Los Angeles on Oct. 2nd, 2009.

"We will give families in developing countries the ability to acquire their first home," Won-G said about the project. "I first became involved with Monolithic when Hurricane Ike hit Haiti in 2008. I had to raise my hand and do something."

The foundation aims at creating relationships with governments of targeted countries, identifies families and groups in need and gives them a home. The domes are monolithic and ecoshell structures that are safe, easy-to-build and earth-friendly, and provide protection against severe weather. They are designed by Monolithic founder David South and his family.

The first three countries on the foundation's action list are Haiti, Senegal and Jamaica. Won-G has already met with Haitian Prime Minister Michelle Duvivier and work is underway on 100 domes designated for Haiti. This is one of several aid efforts Won-G has spearheaded in his native country and in other impoverished nations. He founded the "Save Haiti Foundation" last year and he is currently Ambassador for UNICEF and Goodwill Ambassador for Haiti.

Won-G devotes much time and resources to world causes, but he is best known as a prolific rap artist and entrepreneur, with a savvy for grassroots marketing. In his 14-year career he has independently produced six albums, which received critical and commercial success, reaching sales of more than two million. He has three Billboard top 50 hits and his music videos have featured Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra and Traci Bingham. Won-G incorporates his international background into his lyrics, often rapping in English, French, Creole and Spanish, and taking on issues of poverty and injustice.

February 2010 marks the release of Won-G's album, "Prince of the City," and the launch of his Sovage Denim line. The album is a collaboration with other rappers and will be distributed by Universal Records, his second major studio distribution.


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

From Child Soldier to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

At the age of 13, Ishmael Beah was forced to become a child soldier in a horrific civil war that started in 1991 in Sierra Leone. Rebels had burned many villages and killed everyone in them, including his family. He and a group of boys roamed from village to village looking for food and shelter, just trying to stay alive. They had many close calls when they were mistaken for rebels and were almost executed. They saw things that children shouldn't see...mutilated dead bodies (including those of other children) in piles and blood soaking the ground...and they cheered each other with boyish games to avoid feeling the pervasive fear and despair that drenched this war-ridden country.

Saved by Good Sense

They thought they had finally found safety at a military encampment in Yele. Ishmael was given food and stayed in a cement brick house with over 30 other orphaned boys between the ages of 7 and 16. For a while, it seemed idyllic as he helped prepare food and played his beloved soccer. One day everything changed. Lieutenant Jabati announced that the boys were needed to fight the rebels and told them "This is your time to revenge the deaths of your families and to make sure more children do not lose their families."

And so it began. Ishmael and his friends...upon threat of death if they tried to escape...became child soldiers like the one in the photo (Credit: Foreign Policy Assn). They were given AK-47 assault rifles, trained in how to attack and kill, and given marajuana, amphetamines, cocaine, and brown-brown (a mixture of cocaine and gun powder) to dull the horror of killing. They believed their commanders had juju...magical skills...and they did what they were told, which included execution style killings, slitting throats, and many other horrendous acts to prove their loyalty and soldiering ability.

Ishmael survived many harrowing scenes in which less clever and determined men and boys perished. He was rescued after almost three years by UNICEF and sent through an 8-month rehabilitation program, which required his caretakers...especially the very caring Esther who became like a mother figure to be willing to see him and other former child soldiers as children and not as willing killers. He had a really difficult time withdrawing from all the drugs and facing what he had done. He suffered flashbacks and nightmares and had to relearn to trust adults.

He was repatriated by going to live with a long-lost uncle and his family in the city of Freetown. He was one of two children chosen to represent Sierra Leone at the United Nations First International Children's Parliament in New York City. There he told his story of being a child soldier and the effects it had on him and other children.

Ishmael returned to Sierra Leone, attended school, and continued living with his uncle. On May 25, 1997, soldiers entered Freetown and raped, killed, threw tear gas, and plundered. Ishmael's uncle suddenly became ill and died. With war raging around him, Ishmael knew that he needed to escape or he would be killed if he refused to become a child soldier again.

He made the decision to never go back to that soul-killing way of life and called Laura of the NGOs (non-governmental officials) he'd met at the New York conference...and asked if he could come live with her. She said yes. With a few clothes and some money she sent him, he started the very dangerous path out of the country and escaped (barely) to Conakry, Guinea. From there he was able to get to New York and Laura became his foster mother.

Ishmael finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York and went on to get a degree in political science in 2004 at Oberlin College. The book he eloquently wrote about his experiences...A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier...was published in 2007. I just finished reading that book and found it moving, disturbing, and in the end, hopeful.

There are hundreds of thousands of children worldwide who are forced to be soldiers. Since Ishmael was liberated from soldiering, positive changes have been happening in Sierra Leone. Child Soldiers: Global Report 2008 (located at states that "A landmark in international justice was forged by the conviction in 2007 by the Special Court for Sierra Leone of four people on charges that included the recruitment and use of children during the civil war." It goes on to laud Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, and Liberia for establishing truth commissions to address the issue of child soldiers.

The report names these countries as having used child soldiers in armed conflict between April 2004 and October 2007: Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan and Southern Sudan, Uganda, Yemen, and the UK (which sent under 18-year-olds to fight in Iraq). Under pressure from the United Nations and human rights organizations, some countries have ceased deploying child soldiers, but these victories have been limited. There is much work to be done.

To learn more about Ishmael Beah, you can visit the website He has established the Ishmael Beah Foundation, which is "dedicated to helping former child soldiers reintegrate into society and improve their lives." He was a long way gone, but now he's a long way positively influencing the lives of others through his work with the Human Rights Watch Children's Division Advisory Committee, speaking before the United Nations, serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and doing other work to bring to light the effects of war on children.

Diane Beeler - Guest Author, Goodwill Ambassadors
Article originally posted at

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Goodwill Ambassadors seek Global Change

New Goodwill Ambassador Program formed by Globcal International

Beginning August 01, 2009 guest authors and friends of the Goodwill Ambassadors of the World will begin writing and submitting feature stories for publishing from all over the world.

Our intention is simple publish good stories and champion the good works of goodwill ambassadors from all over the world and network their information in the social media to propagate others to spread the ideal of goodwill and good work among people on Facebook and involved with other social media platforms. Good conversations based on good deeds will result in a social and global change toward positive performance among humanity.

This blog will share the work and goodwill missions that ambassadors are charged with from many different organizations, it will discuss past and future missions, it will honor those who are appointed, volunteer, and professional ambassadors through articles that feature these proactive individuals.

We will discuss and review individual goodwill ambassadors' work, give some biographic information, focus on special programs in which they have been involved, and provide additional references about each featured goodwill ambassador. Many are well known celebrities from every walk of life and every sector of society and career affiliation will be interviewed or researched for inclusion here,

The people you will meet here include engineers, writers, astronauts, ex-presidents, sportsmen, princes and princesses, athletes, movie stars, and regular people who do good deeds beneficial to society.

Goodwill ambassadors have been around as long as society itself probably, perhaps it is an essential element of the evolution of our world today. Here together we will compile and focus on these fantastic people and their causes to project peace for humanity, recover our environment, bring attention to new issues, and perhaps even solve many of the problems that face us daily.

Blogs posted here will focus on the goodwill work of the United Nations, departments of the UN, the African Union, the European Union, Globcal International, the Global Peace Index, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Greenpeace, and many many other organizations that have goodwill missions as qualified by Goodwill Ambassadors, International.

Countries, states, major metropolitan cities and community programs are all welcome to submit stories about their goodwill ambassador programs or agendas for consideration and publication within this blog or linked to this blog as a reference or part of our "Other News."

We will always be looking for content and good articles to post here and have every intent of delivering a valuable blog that will be informative, educational, and entertaining.

If you are interested in submitting content, becoming an author, want to nominate a goodwill ambassador to a particular agency we collaborate with, or if you want to become a Globcal Ambassador of Public Diplomacy, then please contact us directly at or we will be glad to help you in any way that we can.

During the month of August we will publish at least 30 short blogs (less than 1000 words) and several features (over 1000 words). Among the first articles to be published are from a series that is being presented about goodwill ambassadors from the United Nations organizations including the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Joint United Nations Programmes on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO) and others.