UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to be in Bhutan
Bollyhood film actor and director Aamir Khan, who is UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador, will be in Bhutan on 18th October for a twoday visit.
Aamir was appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia in October 2014. But he has been a strong advocate for the issue of child development and nutrition since 2008.
South Asia remains the epicentre of the global child stunting crisis, compromising the future of the whole region. Childhood stunting is the best overall indicator of children’s well-being and an accurate reflection of social inequalities. Therefore, Aamir Khan is visiting countries in the region to raise awareness on the importance of childhood nutrition and to advocate fighting malnutrition in Bhutan and across South Asia.
As UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Aamir has spent a considerable amount of time getting into the nuances of the issues and the technical details of the importance of nutrition for children under 2 years of age.
During his visit to Bhutan the goodwill ambassador is keen to see first-hand UNICEF’s work with children, youth and women and the challenges in the field related to health, nutrition and sanitation. During the visit, he will support in advancing communication and advocacy activities by giving key messages around the issue of nutrition in Bhutan and across South Asia.
Aamir Khan has been a strong advocate for the issue of the child development and nutrition, since 2008. As a UNICEF ambassador, he has contributed significantly to the discourse on nutrition in the country.
In 2007, Aamir gave his time to record a PSA which was used as a tool to advocate with parliamentarians and the media, and this is where his journey with UNICEF began.
He became the face of the nationwide nutrition campaign created by UNICEF and the Ministry of women and child development. He was an integral part of the team who conceptual- ized the campaign and gave almost 20 days of tis time (over 2010, 2011 and 2012) to the same. Also, he spend time getting into the nuances of the issues and was able to equip himself on the technical details of the importance of under two’s nutrition. He has been able to use this knowledge to advocate for this issue even through other platforms.
His first visit as regional goodwill ambassador was to Nepal, where he has contributed significantly to the discourse on nutrition. As the regional UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he will support the region by giving key messages around the issue of nutrition. He plans to visit countries in the region to communicate with audiences, especially children, youth and women on the importance of nutrition.
Aamir has also been appointed by the Prime Minister of India as a key messenger for “Swatch Bharat”.
Aamir Khan was born on 14 March 1965 and is an Indian film actor, director and producer. Through his career in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including four National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010.
Khan first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain’s film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973). His first feature film role came with the experimental film Holi (1984), and he began a full-time acting career with a leading role in the tragic romance Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). His performance in the film and in the thriller Raakh (1989) earned him a Special Mention at the National Film Award ceremony. He established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema in the 1990s by appearing in several commercially successful films, including the romantic drama Dil (1990), the romance Raja Hindustani (1996), for which he won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and the drama Sarfarosh (1999). He was also noted for playing against type in the critically acclaimed Canadian-Indian film Earth (1998).
Upon his arrival in Paro from Kolkata on the 18th October, 2016, Amir Khan will visit the Drugyel BHU to interact with the communities and focus issues on pregnant and lactating mothers, mothers of young children and adolescent girls on infant and young child feeding and maternal health.
The Goodwill Ambassador is scheduled to have an advocacy meeting with Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay on the 19th of October, 2016 which will focus on 1,000 golden days, high level of anemia among children and adolescent girls, diet diversity and quality of complementary diets.
An advocacy meeting with the Health Minister Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, informal interaction with UNICEF Bhutan country Office team and UN staff and press conference with the local media is also included in his iternacy.
The Goodwill Ambassador will leave the country on the 20th of October.