WFP Appoints Iranian Film Star Bahram Radan As National Ambassador Against Hunge
TEHRAN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appointed film star Bahram Radan as the first Iranian "National Ambassador against Hunger." The young actor will support WFP in its fight against hunger.
"I am truly honored to be the first National Ambassador for the country, and I am excited about working with WFP to help the world's hungry poor," said Bahram Radan.
Over the past year, the compounding effects of the economic crisis - which followed the 2008 high food price crisis - has pushed the number of hungry people to unprecedented levels. More than a billion people around the world now go hungry each day, and one third of all deaths among children under 5 years of age in the developing world are linked to under-nutrition.
"I want to be part of the global effort to build a world without hunger," Radan said.
The award-winning actor will be working closely with WFP Iran, including visiting WFP's field operations in the country, where the programme is helping more than 38,000 Afghan and Iraqi refugees in settlements throughout the country. About 3,000 refugee schoolgirls and their teachers benefit from an education incentive of take-home rations.
WFP now provides meals to around 22 million children in schools in some 70 countries; about half of them are girls.
Bahram Radan will also work on raising awareness of global hunger and the plight of refugees in the country among the Iranian public. Activities will include media appearances and fundraising events, which promote awareness of WFP, its activities, and food emergencies throughout the world.
Radan will join other world celebrities who are using their status to help WFP raise awareness of the global fight against hunger including well-known football players and Ronaldinho, actress Drew Barrymore, and other famous figures.
"I take great pride in the fact that now an Iranian ambassador is joining other world opinion-makers who are helping fulfil our mandate for fighting hunger," said Negar Gerami, WFP Representative in Iran.
Mr. Radan has supported WFP since May 2008 and has expressed interest to record an Iranian public service announcement on behalf of the agency. He is scheduled to shoot televised spots in the coming months.
Visit UN World Food Program's web site for more info
About: WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In 2010, WFP aims to feed 90 million people in 73 countries: www.wfp.org
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