The United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) extended the term of Bollywood actress and environmentalist Dia Mirza as the Goodwill Ambassador of India till 2022. The actress is also the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal Advocate. As a Goodwill Ambassador, Mirza will continue work with the UN to further spread the message on key areas including clean air, clean seas, wildlife protection and climate change.
Role of a Goodwill Ambassador:
Goodwill Ambassadors on the request of the United Nations will raise funds, engage in public advocacy (like creating awareness, etc.). Their term of service is for 2 years. The Goodwill Ambassadors are not paid under the UNEP. However, they will be provided with a symbolic payment of 1 USD per year. They will also be provided with travel allowances.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Headquarters of United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP): Nairobi, Kenya.
- Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP): Inger Andersen.