Actress Connie Britton to help fight poverty as UN agency Goodwill Ambassador

2 April 2014

United States actress Connie Britton was appointed today Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a special focus on poverty eradication and women’s empowerment worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have Connie Britton join UNDP’s efforts to fight poverty worldwide,” said UNDP Director for External Relations Michael O’Neill.

“Connie is passionately committed to humanitarian causes and she will be a great partner for UNDP, helping us raise awareness of development issues amongst the American and global public.”

Ms. Britton, who is joining a roster of nine other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, has been a supporter of poverty alleviation efforts and women’s rights for years, through various charitable causes. In her new role as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, she will use her fame to raise awareness about UNDP’s global efforts to empower people and fight exclusion.

“In my own travels, I’ve seen many places where people are living in extreme poverty. It’s unacceptable that, in 2014, one billion people live in such conditions, and a full sixty per cent of the chronically hungry in the world are women,” said Ms. Britton. “I look forward to working with UNDP to help change this and improve the lives of vulnerable people worldwide.”

The Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated actress is currently starring in the ABC series “Nashville,” after incarnating Tami Taylor in the show “Friday Night Lights” and Vivien Harmon in “American Horror Story.” She will appear later this year in the comedy feature “This Is Where I Leave You.”

The other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors are: five footballers, Ronaldo de Lima, Zinédine Zidane, Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and the world’s number one female football player, Marta Vieira da Silva; tennis player Maria Sharapova; Spanish performer Antonio Banderas; Japanese actress Misako Konno; and HRH Haakon Crown Prince of Norway.

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