A new UN Goodwill ambassador has been chosen, and the role has gone to actress Connie Britton. She gave a speech at One U.N. Plaza on April 2, 2014, in New York, where she announced her appointment as ambassador.
Connie Britton may not be as well-known as some of her co-stars, but she has been in several hit television shows, and a handful of films. She is currently starring in ABC's Nashville, which focuses on the music industry in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, she has had major roles in shows such as American Horror Story and Friday Night Lights.
The actress thinks that being appointed as the UN Goodwill ambassador will be one of the greatest opportunities of her life. In a way to raise awareness about certain issues and help out, many celebrities have turned to doing work with international organizations.
Britton is the tenth person to be elected to the position, and follows in the footsteps of actor Antonio Banderas and tennis star Maria Sharapova, among others. She plans to work on the issue of poverty, and have an emphasis on women's issues.
Speaking on her new position, Connie Britton said "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. I look forward to working with UNDP to help change this and improve the lives of vulnerable people worldwide.”
She plans to use her established name, and aims to raise awareness about UNDP’s global efforts to empower people and fight exclusion. The actress has already been a pioneer of poverty alleviation efforts, and women’s rights for years, and has worked on the causes through a variety of charitable causes.
UNDP Director for External Relations Michael O’Neill is also excited to have her on board for the position, and said "We are thrilled to have Connie Britton join UNDP’s efforts to fight poverty worldwide."
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) April 2, 2014
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) April 3, 2014
Connie Britton has been nominated for both Golden Globes and Emmy Awards during her television career, and she will be seen on the big screen later this year in This Is Where I Leave You.
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