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Aamir Khan appointed as UNICEF Brand Ambassador

New Delhi, India, 30 November 2011: UNICEF has announced Padma Bhushan award-winning actor and producer Aamir Khan, as its Ambassador promoting nutrition for children.

This has been announced by UNICEF India in an official press release. As a representative of UNICEF, Aamir Khan will build on his personal interest in children’s issues to support UNICEF’s mission to ensure that every child in this country survives and thrives.

“I am honored to formalize my association with UNICEF as their Ambassador to help raise awareness on the issue of malnutrition amongst children.” said Aamir Khan at today’s signing ceremony in Delhi. “Over the past one year, I have worked with the team at UNICEF, partners from the Government, Citizen’s alliance and Prasoon Joshi’s and his team, to create a nationwide campaign against Malnutrition.”

In India, one out every two children is malnourished, leaving them vulnerable to poor health and disease, particularly children from the country’s most remote and disadvantaged communities.

Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development Smt Krishna Tirath and UNICEF Representative in India, Karin Hulshof both welcomed the appointment.

UNICEF Ambassadors are celebrities with a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of children. Highly talented in their individual right, they all share an ability to bring children’s issues to attention, to galvanize support from the public and lead decision makers and to raise urgently needed funds for vital UNICEF programmes.

Earlier actors Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as brand ambassadors of UNICEF for various causes.

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