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Daniel Brühl Named Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme

Published November 10, 2021
Last Updated March 9, 2022

ROME – Golden Globe-nominated actor and director Daniel Brühl was today appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). As conflict, climate change and the impact of the pandemic increase global hunger, Brühl joins the world’s largest humanitarian organization in its mission to reach a world with Zero Hunger.

“The climate crisis is no longer a glimpse into the future but the daily reality for millions of people around the world. It is compounding existing global problems such as conflict and the devastating impact of the pandemic,” the German-Spanish actor said as he accepted his new role.

Without urgent global action, the world could face an exponential increase in hunger fueled by the climate crisis. A 2 degrees Celsius rise in average global temperature from pre-industrial levels will push an additional 189 million people into hunger. In a 4 degrees Celsius warmer world this figure could rise to a staggering 1.8 billion.

Increasing climate extremes are eroding development and putting lives and livelihoods on the line, Brühl noted. “I believe it is our shared responsibility to work towards a world with Zero Hunger. I would like to do my part and, as a Global Goodwill Ambassador, I have joined the U.N. World Food Programme in this fight.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Brühl as a U.N. World Food Programme,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Programme. “Daniel has been an incredible supporter of our lifesaving work for more than five years. His commitment to ending hunger shines through and we are excited to work with him to build global support for our cause. But with up to 45 million right on the brink of famine, time is fast running out. We need everyone on board to avert this looming hunger catastrophe.”

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Daniel Brühl has become not only an internationally acclaimed actor, director and producer but also a role model both on and off-screen. Since 2015 he has supported the U.N. World Food Programme by starring in several advocacy campaigns.

In his role as U.N. World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador, Daniel Brühl will help raise awareness for the millions of people going to bed hungry every night and engage his supporters in advocacy for a Zero Hunger world.

In addition, Brühl will use his platforms to inform his supporters about the main drivers of hunger and to showcase the U.N. World Food Programme’s efforts to tackle both immediate needs and root causes of hunger.

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

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