Mia Farrow

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Mia Farrow

"Award-winning actress, Mia Farrow, has devoted much time to humanitarian causes, particularly those supporting children. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy announced Farrow's appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador on 27 September 2000, during the first Global Polio Partners Summit at the United Nations (UN) in New York.

"Farrow, who had polio as a child, gave one of the summit’s opening speeches. Her 12-year-old adopted son Thaddeus, who contracted the disease while living in an orphanage in India, also took part by setting in motion the countdown clock that tracks the remaining time to a polio-free world. Farrow has done much to draw attention to efforts to eradicate the disease since her appointment.

"Farrow's association with UNICEF dates from December 1998, when she participated in a celebration at the UN in New York to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In July 1999, she helped launch the UNICEF report The Progress of Nations 1999, which devoted a chapter to the fight against polio." [1]

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  1. Mia Farrow, UNICEF, accessed August 4, 2008.
  2. How we are run, Doha Centre for Media Freedom, accessed April 4, 2009.