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Brazilian Star Marta Appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

Four time World Player of the year Marta Vieira Da Silva has been appointed UNDP goodwill ambassador to advocate for women’s empowerment as a means to fight poverty.

Marta is arguably the best and most exciting player to emerge from the Women’s game today. The FC Gold Pride striker’s amazing record in only a handful of appearances is a marvel.

Speaking at a ceremony at the UNDP headquarters in Stockholm, Marta said she would promote international efforts to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

“UNDP works around the world making a positive difference in people’s lives, and I am proud to add my personal commitment to its work,”

“UNDP is very proud to welcome Marta as our Goodwill Ambassador,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “Marta is a role model for women and girls around the world, and I have no doubt that just as she has inspired them to play football, so will she inspire others to come together in achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. I am happy to welcome her to our team.”

Marta received her credentials from the director of the UNDP Nordic division Jakob Simonsen and former Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson.

Marta joins an exclusive group celebrities to have received this honour like: Ronaldo, Zidane and Didier Drogba, Japanese actress Misako Konno, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas.

Photo Credit: from United Nations Development…

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