UN Refugee Agency Appoints NIST Alumna as Goodwill Ambassador
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.