KUALA LUMPUR: Award-winning action heroine Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh has been appointed as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador.
The Malaysian-born actress will focus on raising awareness and mobilising support for the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“I want to be there for all those who are left behind in this world, whether it’s because they are born poor, born a woman or born in the area affected by devastation.
“As UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, I want to do all I can to help people overcome barriers and have a shot at a better life, in a safer world, on a healthier planet,” UNDP said in a statement citing Yeoh at a press conference held at the UNDP headquarters in New York, on March 15.
Yeoh, having personally experienced the deadly earthquake that struck Nepal on April 2015 while she was visiting the country intends to leverage her influence as an actress and advocate to shine a spotlight on disaster recovery efforts in Nepal and beyond.
Meanwhile, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark expressed excitement in welcoming someone as energetic and passionate as Michelle Yeoh to global UNDP family.
“This is a critically important year for development and for UNDP, as we challenge ourselves and the world to implement the new global goals,” Clark further stated.
Yeoh internationally acclaimed for her roles in the James Bond film as ‘Bond Girl’ in Tomorrow Never Dies and in Ang Lee’s multiple Academy Award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is indeed equally renowned for her advocacy and philanthropic efforts.
Her previous engagements concerning development issues include: appointments as Global Ambassador for Live to Love and Make Roads Safe campaign in 2012, advocacy during the Zero Discrimination Campaign (UNAIDS) in 2013, and a Live to Love humanitarian aid trip to Nepal this year.