UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton’s Mother’s Day Greeting

Did you catch the video Connie Britton released to mark Mother’s Day? The actress and star of the TV show “Nashville” has been a United Nations Development Program Goodwill Ambassador since April 2014. In that role she works to raise awareness of the UNDP’s work in poverty eradication and women’s empowerment as an advocate to Americans and the global public. [More info on Ms. Britton’s UNDP Ambassadorial role at LINK.]

In the Mother’s Day video Ms. Britton draws attention to the plight of some 20 million mothers and families living in famine conditions in four countries in Africa and the Middle East — northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. She said, “A drought has swept across these conflict-ridden regions, resulting in what United Nations officials call the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. In the worst affected areas, crops have been wiped out and livestock have died, forcing people to borrow money and food and sell what little they have in order to survive, or to risk their lives walking hundreds of miles, carrying babies and toddlers, in search of food and shelter.”

You can view the Mother’s Day video here.

You can read more about the request she made to sign a petition urging global action here.

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