Dr. Nasr witnesses the appointment of actors Ahmed Helmy, Mona Zaki and Donia Samir Ghanem as the UNICEF’s ambassadors of goodwill in Egypt, in presence of the Ministers of Social Solidarity and Immigration and development partners.
On 12 February 2017, the Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr participated in the UNICEF’s 70th anniversary ceremony appointing actor Ahmed Helmy and the two actresses Mona Zaki and Donia Samir Ghanem as the UNICEF’s ambassadors of goodwill in Egypt.
The ceremony was attended by Ms. Ghada Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity, Ms. Nabila Makram, Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs, and Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, as well as a number of MPs and Egypt’s development partners, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the AFD and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Dr. Nasr expressed her appreciation of the UNICEF Cairo office for its efforts and fulfillment of Egypt’s current priorities by intensifying support of the poorest governorates and villages, noting that consultations were underway between MoIC and all relevant parties with regard to the development of a country cooperation program with the UNICEF during the period from 2018 to 2022 so as to reflect the Egyptian children’s needs.
The Minister indicated that “UNICEF Egypt” implemented several successful activities and programs to build on and take advantage of, thus she looked forward to further cooperation and successful programs with the UNICEF.
Further, the Minister mentioned that all social reform efforts exerted by the government and supervised by the parliament targeted today’s children, future generations and Egypt’s leaders, noting that consolidation of efforts was required to ensure the provision of an adequate environment that help promote children’s healthy growth.
Dr. Nasr said that she always recalled Mona Zaki in ‘Taymour and Shafika’ Movie in which she acted the role of a young girl who could achieve her dream by being appointed as a Minister of Environment at an early age. The Minister also expressed her great admiration of Ahmed Helmy and his movies, wishing him and his wife success in all their works and new mission as the UNICEF’s ambassadors of goodwill.
The Minister pointed out that the government was committed to the achievement of the SDGs, noting that among the most important projects signed by MoIC was the school feeding program implemented by the World Food Program (WFP) and financed by the EU. The program contributed to decreasing child labor, improving nutrition and increasing the rate of children’s school attendance, especially in the most disadvantaged governorates, which would witness an increase of support during the upcoming period to benefit over 500 thousand children.
Ms. Wali emphasized that Egypt’s population reached 92 million citizens, including 37% under the age of 21 and 9 million children under poverty line, explaining that children faced various forms of violence such as female circumcision and early marriage as well as having a large number of children with no sufficient income for raising them up.
Actors affect children more than anyone else due to their massive popularity, especially on the social media, added Ms. Wali.
For her part, Ms. Makram expressed her pleasure to participate in the ceremony, noting that Arts led people away from any terrorist ideas. She further ascertained that the Ministry of Immigration worked on several fields, including minors who immigrate illegally and those with special needs, while calling on the ambassadors of goodwill to participate in such files.
Actor Helmy expressed his pleasure to be chosen as an ambassador of goodwill, noting that it was a great responsibility but an interesting one due to his love of children.
Actress Ghanem, on the other hand, said that her sense of children had been totally changed since she gave birth to her daughter Kaila, noting that she was lucky to have been brought up in a home full of love and encouragement and expressing her willingness to help raise up a distinguished generation of children.
Actress Zaki asserted that being chosen as an ambassador of goodwill was a good opportunity to contribute to raising children and protecting them from all forms of violence, indicating that was willing to encourage girls to continue their education and help children obtain their rights.