Indian- American television personality, food expert and award-winning author, Padma Lakshmi has been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its newest goodwill ambassador.
supporting the agency’s fight against inequality and discrimination around the world.
As the goodwill ambassador, she will join a roster of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, which includes globally celebrated actors, athletes, musicians, and other high-profile influencers such as Spanish-born international star Antonio Banderas, award-winning actor Michelle Yeoh and legendary musician Bob Weir.
To mobilise support for the Sustainable Devlopment Goals (SDGs) will be her focus appoint in her new role as the Goodwill Ambassador. She will strive to fight inequality, discrimination and empowering the disenfranchised.
Lakshmi was named the goodwill ambassador by UNDP administrator Achim Steiner in a ceremony at the UNDP headquarters, on the eve of International Women’s Day.
“As we celebrate International Women’s Day let’s remember that women and girls face some of the worst discrimination and hardships in the world,” Lakshmi said at a press conference held at UNDP headquarters.
Steiner said Lakshmi has a strong record of speaking out for those who have been left behind and of fighting discrimination
“We need more voices like hers to ensure we can meet the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals – our shared roadmap for peace and prosperity for people and the planet,” he added.
“Many nations have greatly reduced poverty, but inequality has proved more stubborn,” said Lakshmi.
“Inequality is further compounded by gender, age, ethnicity and race. It especially affects women, minorities and others who face unimaginable discrimination in the societies in which they live,” she added.