UNDP Pakistan has appointed acclaimed actor Mr. Fawad Khan as its National Goodwill Ambassador, according to a press release. Khan will now serve as a spokesperson to uphold the United Nations Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event took place in Islamabad, where a contract was signed between UNDP Pakistan’s Resident Representative Mr. Knut Ostby, and Mr. Khan.
This was followed by the screening of a climate action advocacy film ‘Don’t Choose Extinction.’ The film, launched by the UNDP Headquarters during COP26, advocates for phasing out fossil fuels for a more sustainable and equitable future. To reach a wider population and to raise awareness on the issue of climate change in Pakistan, Khan has done the voice-over of the film in Urdu.
“We are incredibly proud to have Fawad Khan as our Goodwill Ambassador. As you all know, climate change is one of the most serious and immediate risks we’re facing. I appreciate that as a spokesperson for Agenda 2030, Fawad Khan’s first advocacy support highlights climate action,” remarked UNDP Pakistan’s Resident Representative, Mr. Knut Ostby.
“I am honored to be signed as the National Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP Pakistan,” commented Mr. Fawad Khan while speaking to the audience of green ambassadors and social entrepreneurs. “I truly believe that the Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a roadmap for peace and prosperity, for people and the planet. This is an exciting opportunity for me to raise awareness and advocate the Agenda 2030.”
The event concluded with a conversation with the green ambassadors and start-ups on UNDP’s role in climate action in Pakistan, and how UNDP is amplifying young people’s voices in decisions on climate action.