UN Refugee Agency Ap­points NIST Alumna as Good­will Am­bas­sador

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NIST International School’s shared his­tory with the United Na­tions strongly im­pacted the evo­lu­tion of the school’s mis­sion since the school’s open­ing nearly 25 years ago. At the end of Jan­uary 2017, those shared val­ues were re­in­forced as Praya Lund­berg ( ไป ร ยา ส ว น ด อ ก ไม้ ), from the Class of 2007, was ap­pointed to be a Good­will Am­bas­sador by the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees ( UNHCR).

Praya rep­re­sents the first Thai Good­will Am­bas­sador, and the first to ever be ap­pointed for the South­east Asian re­gion. She will be join­ing other well- known fig­ures and UNHCR am­bas­sadors – An­gelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Jung Woo- sung, Yao Chen and sev­eral oth­ers – in cam­paign­ing for refugee rights. Her ef­forts, while con­cen­trated on refugee pop­u­la­tions in Thai­land, will also en­com­pass other ar­eas around Asia.

Praya Lund­berg in Jordan

Within the first week of as­sum­ing the role, she has al­ready be­gun mak­ing a strong im­pact. Fol­low­ing her ini­tial ad­dress at the UNHCR Thai­land, where she high­lighted the im­por­tance of rec­og­niz­ing the plight of dis­placed pop­u­la­tions, Praya flew to Jordan. From 6 to 8 Fe­bru­ary she vis­ited the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, in­ter­act­ing with and com­fort­ing fam­i­lies dis­placed by the Syr­ian Civil War.

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