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Yaya Toure supports Ebola Health Workers in “Africa United” Campaign
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Women and the Environment, by Gisele Bündchen
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li BingBing speaks at the opening of the Climate Summit
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition. 
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I am for Climate Action
Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. 
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Ian Somerhalder in... Story of Change
Actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder narrates an inspiring new documentary that takes the viewer on a trip around the world to see people taking action on climate change.
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Our Goodwill Ambassadors are calling for action for World Environment Day!
Nairobi, 24 April 2014 - Supermodel Gisele Bündchen, Actors Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder and footballer Yaya Touré - all UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors — have launched a challenge to see who can rally the most registered activities for World Environment Day 2014.
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Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder tell the biggest story of our time in Years of Living Dangerously
A groundbreaking documentary event series that explores the human impact of climate change is premiering on Showtime on April 13, 2014. Our Goodwill Ambassadors, Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder, are part of a respected team of Hollywood celebrities and journalists spanning the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy.
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Ian Somerhalder wants to see your video-blog about World Environment Day
Put your creativity and video skills to work in defense of the small islands. Capture in an engaging, visually creative, two-minute video what World Environment Day 2014 is all about and get a chance to win a trip to a stunning island to cover a UN event!
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Brazil's GNT TV features Gisele's trip to Kenya
In her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment, Gisele Bündchen went to the grassroots level in Kenya in 2012 to experience the reality of energy poverty and to see how Kenyans are transforming their lives by accessing sustainable energy.
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Yaya Toure Calls to action in support of Do AGRIC Campaign
Launched at the African Union Summit, the Pan-African campaign is about African leaders deciding to create millions of small holder farmers after years of neglecting the agriculture sector.
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Goodwill Ambassadors Send a Message against Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
On the first ever UN World Wildlife Day, celebrated on 3 March, UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors unite in a call for the protection of wildlife. Check out what they have to say!
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Yaya Touré joins team of stars to call on Central African Republic to disarm
26 February 2014 - The main radio stations in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been broadcasting a message from the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in which he calls on the people of the CAR to end the bloodshed and lay down their arms. In his message, the Secretary General stated that Muslims and Christians have built the country together and that he knows it can be done again.
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The Ian Somerhalder Foundation Launches an Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) has created a new emergency medical grant for animal rescue organizations and individuals intending to help nurse injured, sick or neglected animals back to health.
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Suzanna Owiyo stands up for women on World Radio Day!
In Celebration of World Radio Day (13 February), the UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for Kenya, Suzanna Owiyo, spoke about gender equality and women's empowerment in a podcast featured by UNESCO.
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Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s New Project will Bring a Unique View of Human and Nature
Five years after the success of HOME, seen by more than 600 million people around the world, and following the “7 Billion Others” project, the UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Yann Arthus-Bertrand designed “Human”, a unique project of feature documentary.
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UNEP designates "Arab Idol" Ragheb Alama as Goodwill Ambassador
UNEP designates Ragheb Alama as Goodwill Ambassador and gets the word out on food waste and loss reduction.
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Goodwill Ambassadors Unveil WED Challenge and Chance to Win Fuel-Efficient Cars
For this year’s WED–the single biggest day for positive action on the environment worldwide– people across the world will be challenged to pledge an environmental activity for 5 June 2012, and help break the record for the greatest number of activities registered in WED’s four decade history.
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What We Need in 2014: Fewer Leaders, More Followers
By Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, for The Guardian
Looking back on 2013, I wish I had been wrong on some forecasts (in these pages last year) which I got right, and right on some which I got wrong.
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Gisele Bündchen Joins Rainforest Alliance Board of Directors
On January 2nd, 2014, the Rainforest Alliance announced the appointment of international supermodel, entrepreneur and environmental activist Gisele Bündchen to its Board of Directors. In her role as a board member, Bündchen will help shape the vision, strategic plans and policies that guide the Rainforest Alliance’s development and global sustainability efforts.
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Gisele and Li Bingbing BIKE for World Environment Day with ELLE magazine
To mark World Environment Day, the June issue of ELLE International has published a series of interviews with top green celebrities including two UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors – Gisele Bündchen and Li Bingbing.
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Eric Ripert and Gisele Bündchen Show How to Cook Efficiently on the NBC TODAY Show
The UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen  and French renown Chef Eric Ripert appeared live on the NBC TODAY Show in the United States talking about Food Waste. The stars shared statistics and called the audience to make efficient choices and learn to use everything to the fullest.
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You Asked, He Answered!
As his special way of observing World Environment Day, Hollywood Star and Environmental Activist Ian Somerhalder served as UNEP’s Expert of the Day from 3-5 June.
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Ian Somerhalder wants to hear from you!
There’s a big reason why Ian Somerhalder is a very good friend of UNEP. Through the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, our Hollywood star is not only showing ways to take care of our planet, but also challenging his fans to take action!
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for Kenya Launches Initiative To reduce Food Waste
Food wastage has consequences on hunger and poverty, nutrition, health, income generation and economic growth in Kenya.
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UNEP Appoints Singing Sensations Eric Wainaina and Suzanna Owiyo as Kenyan Goodwill Ambassadors
Two of Kenya’s biggest singing stars, Eric Wainaina and Suzanna Owiyo, today pledged to use their music and high profiles to ignite positive environmental action as they were designated National Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
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In Davos, Lewis Pugh Talks about Leadership and what He has Learned from his Extreme Swims
UNEP Patron for Oceans, Lewis Pugh, joined global leaders at the 2014 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where he led the session "Swimming Towards Success". Pugh, who is known for completing a long-distance swim in the freezing waters of the North Pole, spoke about his accomplishments and shared with participants the lessons he learned through his extreme swims.
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Pioneer Swimmer Lewis Pugh Unveiled as UN Environment Programme Patron for Oceans
Nairobi, 19 June 2013 - Pioneer swimmer and ocean advocate Lewis Pugh was today unveiled as the UN Environment Programme's Patron for Oceans as he prepares to embark on an epic circumnavigation of the globe.
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing Uses Sculpture to Highlight Plight of Asian Elephant
Nairobi, 28 August 2013 - Global film star Li Bingbing, the UN Environment Programme's National Goodwill Ambassador for China, has joined dozens of other celebrities and artists to create a sculpture highlighting the plight of the Asian elephant for an art exhibition.
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China's Top Actress Urges Greater Effort to End Illegal Ivory Trade on Visit to Kenya
Nairobi, 6 May 2013 - On a fact-finding mission to Kenya, film actress Li Bingbing - one of China's most popular celebrities and a rising Hollywood star - has urged greater effort by governments and consumers to combat illegal wildlife trade.
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Chinese Actress Li Bingbing: 'Say No to Ivory'
When not shooting movies around the world, Chinese star Li Bingbing devotes much of her time to environmental and animal rights causes. The Resident Evil: Retribution and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan actress called from Chicago, where she is filming Transformers 4, to talk to The Hollywood Reporterabout her other latest project: joining nearly 40 artists and celebrities in the Elephant Parade, an internationally touring art exhibition to raise awareness and aid for the Asian elephant.
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Chinese actress and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li BingBing supports UNODC’s campaign against Wildlife Crime
19 November 2013 - The illicit trade of wildlife and its derivatives to, from, and within Asia is worth billions of dollars annually. It fuels organized crime, corruption, and violence. This transnational crime has rarely been a priority for law enforcement and the criminal justice system, allowing traffickers to enjoy a high level of impunity so far.
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Support Initiative to Curb Wildlife Crime
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Li BingBing and Yaya Touré speak up for wildlife as Wild and Precious International Airport Exhibition is unveiled
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The world of Corporation 2020
By Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
Today’s enabling conditions favour the DNA of Corporation 1920 and engender a brown economy. For our survival and success in the Earth’s biosphere, tomorrow’s enabling conditions will have to be at least neutral if not explicitly supportive of Corporation 2020, which will become the dominant agent in a global green economy. So what would this ’brave new world‘ look like, both for these corporations and the economies they would dominate?
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UNEP Congratulates Yaya Touré on BBC African Footballer of the Year Win
Mr. Touré in October pledged to combat the illegal ivory trade that sees thousands of African elephants killed each year as he was unveiled as a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador.
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Yaya Touré among the Top 5 BBC African Footballer of the Year
The newest UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, the international football star Yaya Touré, is one of five candidates for the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award. All fans are allowed to vote via the BBC page page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24808135 The winner will be announced on Monday, 2 December at 17:35 GMT.
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Football Star Yaya Toure Flies the Flag for African Elephants at World Cup Qualifier
International football star Yaya Toure will lend his voice to a UN-backed effort to prevent the illegal killing of elephants in Africa during a World Cup qualification match between Côte d'Ivoire and Morocco.
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Côte d'Ivoire and Manchester City Football Star Yaya Touré Becomes UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
Footballer to Concentrate on Combatting Wildlife Crime, Particularly Poaching of African Elephants for Ivory
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Environmental Economist Pavan Sukhdev Named New UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
Mr. Sukhdev Targeting Increased Awareness of Value of Natural Resources
Hyderabad (India), 16 October 2012 – Indian banker and long-standing environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev today pledged to use his profile and influence to further the goals of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as the organization’s newest Goodwill Ambassador.
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Don Cheadle Appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme
He has portrayed Iron Men, mobsters and a hotel manager who saved hundreds of lives during the Rwanda genocide. But in his latest role, Hollywood star Don Cheadle will take on a new kind of challenge – the environment. Cheadle, an internationally respected actor, humanitarian and environmentalist, was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme on World Environment Day.
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Supermodel Gisele Bündchen becomes UN Environmental Ambassador
The face of some of the world's most exclusive products has now become the new face of global environmental action. On 20 September, Brazil-born Gisele Bündchen, one of the most recognized top models of all time, was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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Yann Arthus-Bertrand named UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
World-renowned French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme on Earth Day in recognition of his outstanding advocacy work for the environment.
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