Just In: UNDP Appoint Yemi Alade Goodwill Ambassador
Pop Star Yemi Alade has been named Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.
“We can’t wait to hit the ground with you, Yemi. We look forward to hearing and discussing the issues you’re passionate about — including empowering women and addressing inequality, “Steiner said as he welcomed Alade to the UNDP family in a video posted on their official twitter.
In recognition of her new position, the singer said in her video message on Instagram that the opportunity would help her shine a spotlight on the disproportionate effect of the health and socio-economic crisis on the poorest and most vulnerable people, who are often women, especially in developing countries.
“It is an honor to be named UN Goodwill Ambassador to the UNDP Program, an organisation whose core goal is fully aligned with mine, to end poverty and erase all types of gender inequality.”
She also said she would focus on those suffering from the social-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
She continued: “Women are among the 4 billion people who are trying to survive COVID-19 without any form of social protection,” said Alade.
“I want to lend my voice to these women and other vulnerable people who make up half of the world that’s struggling to make ends meet. They don’t have the luxury of working from home and are putting their health at risk just to put food on the table.”
“But as we address poverty and inequality in our COVID-19 recovery plans, we can’t put climate change on the back burner, Climate change and poverty go hand-in-hand, and neither is gender-neutral. Women in developing countries, such as my homeland Nigeria, are disproportionately affected by both”, said Alade.
The ‘Mama Africa’ crooner joins UNDP during a milestone year that marks the UN’s 75th anniversary and the launch of a Decade of action for the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
She is joining a roster of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, which includes globally celebrated actors, athletes, musicians, and other high-profile influencers.