Bangladeshi cricketer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was on 25 February 2016 appointed as National Goodwill Ambassador For Youth by the United National Development Programme (UNDP).
In this regard, UNDP Bangladesh Resident Representative Robert Watkins presented Mortaza with a certificate of his official appointment in Dhaka.
With this appointment, Mortaza also became the first personality to be appointed as a goodwill ambassador for youth development in Bangladesh.
In his new role, Mortaza, who is leading the national cricket team both in ODIs and T20 formats, will advocate for youth employment in Bangladesh and help in country’s efforts in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The appointment is part of the UN’s efforts to rope in prominent individuals from the worlds of arts, sciences, entertainment, sport, etc as goodwill ambassadors to promote and realise the ideals enshrined in its Charter.
At present, around 55 percentage of Bangladesh’s total population are in working age group and only 17 percent of employed youths are in regular paid employment.
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When: 25 February 2016