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Netflix Star Becomes Youngest UNICEF Ambassador


Benjamin Schmidt

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 23:18 GMT

The United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF has appointed 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix hit series “Stranger Things” fame to be its youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador.

The two time Emmy-nominated actress, who plays a girl with special powers who tries to help rescue a missing boy in “Stranger Things,” told Reuters at the UN on Tuesday November 20th that she wants to “raise issues about education and violence and ending bullying” for children around the world. Brown has made a point of speaking out against bullying and has even experienced some of it herself. Last year she deleted her Twitter account after it became a target for hate-filled comments.

Brown still has a huge presence online, though, including more than 18 million followers on Instagram. She is also the youngest person to make Time magazine's 2018 list of the world's 100 most influential figures.

The appointment of Brown coincided with World Children’s Day and comes after the young star co-hosted UNICEF’s 70th anniversary celebrations in New York in 2016. On that occasion, Brown conducted an on-stage interview with former England football captain David Beckham, who is also a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. In addition to Beckham, Brown joins a list of notable figures who represent UNICEF around the world including actors Jackie Chan and Liam Neeson, singer Ricky Martin and YouTube star Lilly Singh.

"I am looking forward to meeting as many children and young people as I can, hearing their stories, and speaking out on their behalf,” said Brown in a statement.

She pledged to shine a light on issues that harm vulnerable children around the world and says she intends to empower children more by educating them about their rights. She also said that ensuring children “have a safe environment and clean water” would be part of her mission.

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