Pop star Katy Perry has been appointed as UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador, joining a list of icons like Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and English footballer David Beckham.

"Katy Perry is already a champion for children, and we look forward to hearing her 'Roar' on behalf of UNICEF," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said at a special event here yesterday at their headquarters.

Lake said as UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador, Perry would be lending her voice to amplify the voices of children and young people around the world.
The singer was excited with the honour and said,"I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help. 

"I am honoured to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future," Perry added.

As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the 29-year-old singer joins an impressive list that includes Bachchan, Beckham, American singer Harry Belafonte, actors Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Mia Farrow, Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon and Argentine footballer Leo Messi.
The 'Roar' hitmaker would work to engage young people in speaking out about the issues they believe are most important in their own lives and enlisting them more directly in coming up with solutions to those challenges.

In her new role, Perry would also focus on children and adolescents, who are most vulnerable, including those living in severe poverty.
Earlier this year, Perry had visited Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, as part of a UNICEF mission, bringing much-needed attention to the situation of children there.

In October, she joined in UNICEF's celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, lending her hit song 'Roar' to the soundtrack of a new public service advertisement to inspire girls and help them become tomorrow's champions.

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