UNICEF Good­will Am­bas­sador to be in Bhutan

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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.

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