United Nations: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has been chosen as the new global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. The diva is overwhelmed over her appointment and admitted that it is indeed an honour for her to serve UNICEF.
PeeCee took it to micro-blogging site Twitter to share her feelings and wrote, “Can’t believe it’s been 10 years! Honored to now serve as @UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador along with this amazing group #ForEveryChild”.
Priyanka also asserted that she is honored to continue the amazing work UNICEF has accomplished in India and take that commitment to those in need across the world as a Global Goodwill Ambassador.
The announcement was made by footballer David Beckham and 12-year-old British actress Millie Bobby Brown at a star-studded celebration here late last night to commemorate 70 years of UNICEF.
Priyanka even shared a picture from the event on her Instagram account as she thanked Beckham and Millie for inducting her in world body’s children’s agency.
Post her appointment, Chopra urged people from across nations to become the “collective voice” of oppressed children in the world and join forces to leave a better future for the coming generations.
“My wish for children is freedom. The freedom to think, the freedom to live,” Chopra said, addressing top UN diplomats, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and children at the event.
She said while man has made unprecedented advancements in every sphere of life, children across the world remain unprotected from violence, abuse and exploitation.
“I, we ask you to join us today to become the collective voice of the oppressed children across the world in our fight against the injustices that they have to endure everyday,” she said.
Chopra lauded decades of efforts by UNICEF on shining the light on children and bringing awareness that “we are seriously endangering our future, which is our children.
“…Lets choose humanity, lets choose to act now, lets choose to fight now and lets choose to ensure a better world for our children, their children and the generations to come,” Chopra said.
The “Quantico” star was joined by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Ishmael Beah, actors Orlando Bloom and Jackie Chan at the event that celebrated UNICEF’s 70 years of work for children.
Chopra said her involvement with UNICEF began almost 10 years ago in India and she was “humbled, enriched and committed” as she takes on her new role of the agency’s global Goodwill Ambassador.
“Along this decade old journey, with UNICEF, I have been on many field trips to villages and centers across India. On those trips, I spent time with numerous young girls and their families and experienced firsthand the transformative power of empowering young girls with opportunities that are rightfully theirs.
“Together, with my fellow, dedicated ambassadors, I am now proud to stand with UNICEF to help build a world where children’s rights are respected and protected,” she said.
On the work front, Priyanka Chopra is busy with the second season of her much popular American series ‘Quantico’. She will also be seen hitting the big screen with her Hollywood debut movie ‘Baywatch’ opposite Dwayne Johnson in May 2017.