Yemi Alade becomes Newest Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Yemi Alade is one of the biggest artistes in Africa. She is the first female pop artiste to hit one million view on YouTube. In 2015, she won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Female Artist of the Year. In 2016, she won the Independent Music Award for Best Album and MTV Africa Music Award for Best Female. In 2018 and 2019, she was the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list and the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list. This year UN celebrates its 75th anniversary and the launch of a Decade of Action for the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The Nigerian Artiste Yemi Alade, was announced as the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). With the UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, she gave the opening remarks at UNDP’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). She promised to highlight the health and socio-economic problem that hinder people especially women in developing nations. In a video, she stated her concern as she accepted the role:

“Women are among the 4 billion people who are trying to survive COVID-19 without any form of social protection,” Alade said.

“I want to lend my voice to these women and other vulnerable people who make up half of the world that’s struggling to make ends meet. They don’t have the luxury of working from home and are putting their health at risk just to put food on the table.”

“But as we address poverty and inequality in our COVID-19 recovery plans, we can’t put climate change on the back burner,” 

“Climate change and poverty go hand-in-hand, and neither is gender-neutral. Women in developing countries, such as my homeland Nigeria, are disproportionately affected by both.”

The UNDP administrator, Achim Steiner welcomed her into the fold via video:

“We can’t wait to hit the ground running with you, Yemi. We look forward to hearing and sharing the issues that you are passionate about — including women’s empowerment and tackling inequality,”

“We at UNDP will also be working to amplify your voice on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in developing countries and the importance of a green and equitable recovery for all.”

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