‘All is not well with our world’, says Priyanka Chopra at UN General Assembly

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Actress Priyanka Chopra, who became the Global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2016 and has been associated with the organisation for almost 15 years,  spoke about children’s rights at a conference at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. She also shared pictures and videos from the event where she can be seen advocating for the cause and posing with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and US poet Amanda Gorman.

The global icon said that even though “all is not well” with the world, there is an action plan to change the situation, with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. “The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a to do list for the world. These goals were created hand-in-hand with people around the world in 2015.  Together, we have an extraordinary opportunity to change the world. We owe it to our people. We owe it to our planet. We all deserve a just, safe and healthy world to live in. The present and the future rests in your hands, in our hands,” she said.

She also spoke about the importance of education for children – something which is a birthright of every child, “The second moment I had the privilege of participating was the Transforming Education Summit. It’s hard to believe that nearly 2/3 of children across the low- middle- and high-income countries cannot read and comprehend a simple story. The system has failed them.”

“As the US Secretary of Education @seccardona put it so candidly, education is the great equalizer, but if we continue to do what we have done, we are going to get what we have gotten. We owe every child this basic birthright, an equal chance to learn and reach their full potential (sic),” she added.

She concluded her note with the words of Gorman, with whom she posed along with Malala, “And as the incredible Amanda Gorman said, “I dare you to shape our fate. Above all, I dare you to do good, so that the world might be great.”

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