The United Nations World Health Organization appointed four new ambassadors of goodwill on Monday to promote healthier lives, better health workers and overall better mental health around the world. The WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his opening speech at the 72nd World Health Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. The new ambassadors work in the fields of sport, politics and community mobilization.
Role models for a healthier life
“I welcome President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Cynthia Germanotta, Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe Becker as the new WHO ambassadors and look forward to working with them in the years to come,” said Dr. Tedros. “Each of our new ambassadors is a champion in himself who supports the reconstruction and sustainable development of his communities and fights for better mental health and better well-being of the people.”
Discover the new ambassadors
Alisson Becker, goalkeeper for the Brazilian national and Liverpool soccer team, and his wife Dr. Natália Loewe Becker, doctor and health lawyer from Brazil, are WHO ambassadors for health promotion.
Lady Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, is the new Mental Health Ambassador. She is President of the Born This Way Foundation, which she founded with her daughter. In this role, Germanotta will raise awareness of the importance of mental health, mobilize the international community and participate in global campaigns.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, is the new WHO ambassador for health workers. Sirleaf will advocate investing in the training and employment of health workers, especially women.
What do you know about the UN Goodwill Ambassadors?
These ambassadors are well-known figures from various walks of life who pledge to contribute to WHO efforts to raise awareness of important health problems and solutions.
Appointed every two years by the Director General, they work closely with the World Health Organization to bring attention to their general priorities or a specific health issue that affects people’s lives and wellbeing.