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Yemi Alade Joins The UNDP Family As Its Newest Goodwill Ambassador

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Nigerian afrobeats star Yemi Alade is in the news winning again. She has been appointed as a goodwill ambassador by the UN.


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In her new capacity, she will help bring awareness on the adverse impact of the health and socio-economic crisis on society’s poorest and most vulnerable people, who are often women and children, especially in developing nations.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) made the announcement on Wednesday 23rd September via their twitter.


Yemi Alade will rally support for Sustainable Development Goals. Meanwhile, the main focus will be fighting inequality, empowering women, and raising awareness on the impacts of climate change.

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During her acceptance speech, Yemi Alade shared;

“Women are among the 4 billion people who are trying to survive COVID-19 without any form of social protection. I want to lend my voice to these women and other vulnerable people who make up half of the world that’s struggling to make ends meet. They don’t have the luxury of working from home and are putting their health at risk just to put food on the table.”


She added, “But as we address poverty and inequality in our COVID-19 recovery plans, we can’t put climate change on the back burner. Climate change and poverty go hand-in-hand, and neither is gender-neutral. Women in developing countries, such as my homeland Nigeria, are disproportionately affected by both.”


Achim Steiner, the UNDP Administrator who welcomed Yemi Alade said;

We can’t wait to hit the ground running with you, Yemi. We look forward to hearing and sharing the issues that you are passionate about — including women’s empowerment and tackling inequality,

He further shared the agency is focusing on a green recovery from Covid-19 in developing nations.

We at UNDP will also be working to amplify your voice on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in developing countries and the importance of a green and equitable recovery for all.”



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