UNDP / PADMA LAKSHMI

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed Emmy-nominated television personality, award-winning author and internationally acclaimed food expert Padma Lakshmi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador. UNDP

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DATELINE: 07 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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07 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

1. Various shots, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Padma Lakshmi at UNDP HQ
2. Wide shot, Lakshmi in meeting room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Padma Lakshmi, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Development Programme:
“As I’ve seen more and more of this world, what struck me is that no matter how different the places I visited may appear, they all have one thing in common, and that thing is inequality.”
4. Pan right, Lakshmi in meeting room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Padma Lakshmi, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Development Programme:
“Fundamentally we all want the same things. We want to keep our children safe. We want to be able to take care of our parents when they’re old. And we all want to have a safe and serene home where our families can flourish. And these most human values transcend any borders.”
6. Med shot, Lakshmi in meeting room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Padma Lakshmi, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Development Programme:
“Let’s remember that women and girls face some of the worst discrimination in the world. Today 330 million women and girls are living on less than two dollars per day.”
8. Pan right, Lakshmi in meeting room
9. Wide shot, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner appointing Padma Lakshmi as Goodwill Ambassador

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed Emmy-nominated television personality, award-winning author and internationally acclaimed food expert Padma Lakshmi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador.

In this new role, Lakshmi will mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on fighting inequality, discrimination and empowering the disenfranchised.

Speaking at UNDP headquarters in New York, Lakshmi said as we celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow, “let’s remember that women and girls face some of the worst discrimination and hardships in the world.” She said her main mission as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will be to shine a spotlight on the fact that inequality can affect people in rich and poor countries alike.

The Goodwill ambassador said many nations have greatly reduced poverty, but inequality has proved more stubborn adding that inequality is further compounded by gender, age, ethnicity and race.

Lakshmi added that fighting inequality is at the heart of UNDP’s mission and looked forward to joining forces with UNDP to help bring about a future in which every person, regardless of their income, their gender or place of birth, is empowered to live the life they want.

Lakshmi is best known for starring as a judge and host, as well as executive producer, of Bravo Television’s Emmy award-winning series Top Chef. She is also a New York Times bestselling author, the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union advocating for immigrants’ rights.

She is joining a roster of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, which includes globally celebrated actors, athletes, musicians and other high-profile influencers.
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