National Cricket Team Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is Appointed UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Youth in Bangladesh

Feb 25, 2016

UNDP has appojnted Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Youth in Bangladesh. Currently, Mr. Mortaza is the captain of Bangladesh national cricket team for One Day International and Twenty-20. He will work closely with UNDP to advocate for youth employment in Bangladesh towards the country’s efforts in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. 

 

In a press conference following his official appointment, Mr Mortaza said, “I believe we need to do more to help our youth to shine. I consider this appointment to be a commitment to the people of Bangladesh to work for our young people”. “After cricket, I want to utilize my time to work for the development of the youth in Bangladesh. The youth of Bangladesh have huge talent and potential that we need to leverage,” he said.

Mr. Robert Watkins, UNDP Bangladesh Resident Representative presented Mr. Mortaza with a certificate of his official appointment on 25 February 2016. Mr. Watkins said, “We hope that as the UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Mortaza will support us in bringing youth to the forefront of Bangladesh development efforts. As a national inspiration and international sports champion, Mortaza will be a powerful force and an inspiring voice for UNDP initiatives.” “Currently, youth are not being fully engaged in the development process. Only 17% of employed youth in Bangladesh are in regular paid employment,” he said.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is one Bangladesh’s highest profile public figures. He played a central role in many historical wins by the Bangladeshi cricket team.

Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals from the worlds of arts, sciences, literature, entertainment, sport or other fields of public life who have expressed their desire to contribute to the promotion of and realization of the ideals enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.

Further information: Lamia Sarwat Islam: lamia.islam@undp.org

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