Stranger Things star Millie Bobbie Brown has become the youngest-ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the UN.
The 14-year-old British actress, who was nominated for an Emmy in 2017 for her role as ‘Eleven’ in Stranger Things, has been tasked by the UN to help raise awareness around children’s rights and issues including poverty, bullying, education and violence.
During a news conference, Brown said: “I will speak out for the millions of children and young people whose voices have been silenced for far too long.
“I will shine a light on the issues that vulnerable children and young people have suffered around the world including representing them at places where they haven’t yet had a seat at the table and most of all, I will make sure children and young people know their rights.”
Brown also added that she was proud to share the title with “[a] hero of mine, the late, great Audrey Hepburn, who once said, ‘As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping others and one for helping yourself.’ And that’s exactly what I intend to do.”
Our newest and youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador!
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) November 20, 2018
Delighted to welcome Millie Bobby Brown to the @UNICEF family, especially on #WorldChildrensDay – a day that is about giving children and young people a voice. I know that Millie will use her passion to defend the rights of vulnerable children and young people everywhere. pic.twitter.com/t3QT0dvsyc
— Henrietta H. Fore (@unicefchief) November 20, 2018
"I will speak out for the millions of children and young people whose voices have been silenced for far too long." Millie Bobby Brown gives a powerful speech on her new role as a @UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. #WorldChildrensDay pic.twitter.com/EVKwxQIUiG
— Henrietta H. Fore (@unicefchief) November 21, 2018
So proud to welcome Millie Bobby Brown to the @UNICEF family in #WorldChildrensDay, as the newest and youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador. I look forward to working together for helping children worldwide. Congratulations Millie💙 pic.twitter.com/emafkbh7MS
— Muzoon Al-Mellehan (@muzoonrakan1) November 20, 2018
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) November 20, 2018
Meanwhile, Brown recently took to Instagram to defend her friendship with Drake after her comments on their relationship sparked a backlash.
Brown took to her Instagram stories to speak out about the reaction. “Why u gotta make a lovey friendship ur headline? U guys are weird… for real,” she wrote.
“I’m lucky to have people in the business extend their time to help me further my career and offer their wisdom and guidance. I’m very blessed to have amazing people in my life. U don’t get to choose that for me. It’s nice to have people who understand what I do. Now get back to talking about real problems in this world other than my friendships… jeez.”