Actress Quantico delivered the opening remarks at the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) summit and the United Nations uploaded the video to YouTube on Monday.
As the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador explains, we are all gathered here today at a pivotal time in history, when cross-border cooperation is essential.
Chopra Jonas, 40, keeps going as countries grapple with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis dragging on lives and livelihoods, raging conflict and deprivation , deviations, appetites and disparities destroy the very basis of more than just the world we have been fighting for so long.
Noting that things are far from ideal, she continues, These crises do not arise by chance but they can be overcome with a plan. She further clarified that the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals serve as a global agenda. These goals were developed in collaboration with individuals from around the world in 2015, and they represent a remarkable opportunity for us to make a positive impact in the world.
For over ten years, Chopra Jonas has served as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, traveling to countries like Zimbabwe and the slums of Mumbai, India.
When she was crowned Miss World in 2000, she found herself capable of influencing change around the world.
The Baywatch actress told PEOPLE in 2018 that she “realizes I have a position of influence” and can “identify herself with the things I believe in.”
Chopra Jonas said at the time, the field trips were the best, because you get to meet such inspiring children and survivors. One of my proudest achievements is participating in international campaigns for children’s rights and happiness. The ability to go to places where these kids have no voice or no one to listen to them and really shed some light on it is incredibly emotional for me.