New Delhi: On Friday (March 17), Actor Bhumi Pednekar was announced as the first National Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India. The Indian actor has been a passionate advocate for the issue of climate change and is often seen supporting environmental-related causes like eliminating the use of plastics, and beach clean-ups. The 33-year-old actor is also someone, who is known for using her social media to create awareness about climate change and why each one of us must learn to co-exist with mother nature.
Now, as a National Advocate, the actor will support UNDP India’s efforts to raise awareness and mobilise support for the SDGs, a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Announcing the new role on her social media, Bhumi Pednekar said, “Honoured to be the first National Advocate for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the SDGs. Thank you to the entire team at @UNDP_India to trust me with this new responsibility.”
Honoured to be the first National Advocate for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the SDGs ????????
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) March 17, 2023
Speaking more about the new role and the opportunity, during the press conference, the actor further said,
I believe it is our collective responsibility to ensure we leave behind a better world for future generations. The SDGs provide a roadmap for building a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future for all. I look forward to working with UNDP India to raise awareness about the SDGs and inspire people to take action.
Welcoming the actor as the National SDG Advocate, Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India, added, “I am thrilled to welcome Bhumi as our first-ever National Advocate for the SDGs. Her talent and dedication to gender equality and sustainability make her an ideal advocate for the Goals. I am confident that her advocacy will inspire many to take action towards a more equitable and sustainable world.”
Still feeling excited after the weekend!
Be it body positivity, women's sanitation or LGBTIQ+ rights, Bhumi has been inspiring millions to stand up & act.
— Shoko Noda (@shokonoda) March 20, 2023
Last year, as a personal initiative, Bhumi Pednekar started a pan-India campaign called Climate Warrior, to raise awareness about conserving and protecting the environment. The online initiative aimed at engaging all citizens in becoming more aware of climate change and environmentally friendly lifestyle choices.
NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.