United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has appointed renowned Pakistani singer Shehzad Roy as its new ‘National Goodwill Ambassador’ for two years.
The singer shared his feelings in a tweet, that he is honored to receive the recognition.
It's an honour to be designated as the UNODC National Goodwill Ambassodor. https://t.co/zgdOJejjci
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) October 30, 2017
According to a statement issued on Monday from New York, Mr Roy’s appointment is essentially aimed at increasing visibility and assistance in mobilizing support for drug demand reduction, prevention and treatment.
“Throughout his career as a singer, social worker and a humanitarian, Mr Roy has shown an unwavering commitment to tackling illicit drugs,” the statement quoted UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov.
“His position as one of Pakistan’s most famous singers, his enduring popularity with young people, and his energy and undoubted talent, will help UNODC publicise the dangers of drug abuse,” he added.
In his own words Roy has said:
“I have been following UNODC’s work even before joining them as a Goodwill Ambassador. Their work is commendable in the fields of criminal justice, drug demand reduction and HIV/AIDS prevention. These things are close to my heart, especially when children are concerned, and I will give my all to my new role as National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan.”