The Meaning of JYJ’s Apointment as Goodwill Ambassadors of the Asian and Pacific Regions for UNAIDS
UNAIDS Appoints JYJ as Goodwill Ambassadors of the Asian and Pacific Regions. “Recognizes Them as Pan-Asian Stars”
The group JYJ has become recognized by the United Nations in its value as the Pan-Asian star.
That JYJ was chosen as the goodwill ambassadors of the Asia and pacific regions for UNAIDS (UN AIDS programme—the agency under UN established in January of 1996 in order to help the control and prevention industries of AIDS in each countries) carries with it a special meaning.
The 12 specialized agencies of the UN recruit as goodwill and honorary ambassadors the stars all over the world of the arts, academics, popular culture, and sports who have name recognition in order to inform independently of their activities in their specialty fields, and is encouraging tangible activities.
The best-known star is Angelina Jolie. Angelina Jolie who is active as the goodwill ambassador for UNHCR and won from the world favorable feelings has even become recognized in her specialized knowledge when she answered at the time of her visit to Korea in 2010 about her activities as a goodwill ambassadors: “I learned that South Korea continually supports North Korea while conversing with the directors of the KOREA UNHCR and was moved. The world seems to be only talking about the situation of conflict and anxiety with the South and North Koreas and not aware of the support.”
To see the representative ones among the numerous goodwill ambassadors, the fashion designer Pierre Cardin, the field and tracks star Carl Lewis, and the Chinese actor Gong Li are active for the FAO. The former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela, the Argentinean pianist Miguel Angel Estrallas are active for UNESCO. The actor Antonio Banderas and the French soccer player Zinedine Zidane are active for the UNDP.
The UNAIDS also has recruited many those persons who can inform the public about the urgency of AIDS from early on and has encouraged tangible activities.
At the present, the goodwill ambassadors of UNAIDS include the German soccer player Michael Ballack who has been active since 2006, the crown princess of Norway Mette-Marit, the Hollywood actress Naomi Watts, the princess of Monaco Stephanie, and the Togo striker who joined the Premier Leages in 2009, Adebayor. Furthermore, Annie Lennox, the British singer who has won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Lebo M who arranged the theme song of Lion King and also participated in the opening ceremony of the Olympics held in South Africa joined after 2010.
JYJ who are the regional goodwill ambassadors for the Asian and pacific regions will have broad activities on the strength of their name value, which goes beyond the nations just as the regional goodwill ambassadors for the Middle East and North Africa, the Egyptian actor Amr Waked of the movie Syriana. The internationally-renowned journalist of China James Chu, the well-known Bollywood actor of India Preity Zinta, the musician and professor from South Africa Jimmie Earl Perry are working as the first generation of the national goodwill ambassadors for the individual nations.
UNAID, on the reason of selecting JYJ as goodwill ambassadors, revealed: “We are anticipating that JYJ will, in accepting the position as goodwill ambassadors for UNAIDS, be able to contribute to the urgency of AIDS and the importance of its management to the public, because JYJ is affecting countless youths not merely of Asia but all over the world.”
When examining the activities of the UNAIDS goodwill ambassadors, Annie Lennox attended the “Prevention of Protection Save Lives: Girls, Women, and HIV,” the policy conference of last June held by the International Peace Institute, and has voiced out about the human rights of women infected with HIV.
Mikhail Ballack also was awarded the “’Sportler mit Herz” in the 2010 German Sportpresseball Awards and revealed his acceptance speech as follows: “I share the vision of UNAIDS—to eradicate the infection of and death related to AIDS. I am proud of the fact that I can help to the extent possible.”
JYJ also will be participating in many events related to UNAIDS both domestically and abroad. Prior to this on the 16th, JYJ was also selected to be honorary ambassadors for ICCAP10 (The 10th Internaitonal Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.”
At this occasion, Park Yoochun has relayed: “Many know AIDS to be a fatal disease, but (in fact) in the present people can live healthily with it if receiving treatment. We will do our best in our promotional activities so that the public can have proper awareness about AIDS.”
On the other hand, Koreans who are active as honorary ambassadors of specialty agencies of the UN are merely 3 persons with the exception of JYJ. The conductor Jung Myunghoon was appointed the first honorary ambassadors for UNICEF. Recently, the fairy of figure skating Kim Yun-ah has been appointed as an honorary ambassadors for UNICEF also and is shoulder-to-shoulder with international personalities and helping children of the world. The actor Jang Dongun is also active as a national goodwill ambassador for WFP since 2008.