The United Nations has responded to the demands seeking the removal of Indian actor Priyanka Chopra as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for peace.
Chopra was criticised far and wide for reacting poorly to being called out for her pro-war tweet by an indignant Pakistani fan. Ayesha Malik, a Pakistani, had called Chopra a “hypocrite” during a Beauty Con panel talk in Los Angeles, for tweeting in favour of a war between Pakistan and India during escalating tensions earlier this year.
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari had also written a letter to UNICEF to remove Chopra as its goodwill ambassador for peace.
In a briefing, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said when UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors “speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them.”
“Their personal views or actions do not necessarily reflect those of UNICEF,” he said, “When they speak on behalf of the UNICEF, we expect them to adhere to UNICEF’s evidence-based impartial positions.”
About their role, the spokesperson said, “The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals who have agreed to generously volunteer their time and their public profile to promote children’s rights.”