Goodwill Ambassador Alumni

Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane

 Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane at UNDP's Match Against Poverty. Photo: UNDP


Football legends Ronaldo de Lima and Zinedine Zidane served as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors for more than 15 years.

Their leadership in pioneering the Match Against Poverty helped shine a spotlight and generate support for UNDP’s work to make the world a better place for all.

UNDP carries on their legacy by continuing to deploy sports teams and athletes as key voices in our fight against poverty and inequality. 

Maria Sharapova

 Maria Sharapova in Belarus with children living in areas affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Photo: UNDP

After nearly ten years of support, tennis star Maria Sharapova has concluded her service as United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador. Ms. Sharapova’s dedication and contributions, especially around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster recovery, will continue to have a lasting impact.

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