The United Nations has announced that singer Craig David is to become their new Goodwill Ambassador.
The singer will be lending his support to the global fight against the spread of tuberculosis – and appeared at UN HQ in New York yesterday to make his appointment public.
“Music is a universal language. I believe that through people’s love of music we can increase knowledge and understanding and support people affected by TB.
“I hope that people who feel inspired by my music will also feel moved by what I have to say about TB.”
Judith Mandelbaum-Schmid of the Stop TB Partnership “helpfully” explained why the UN chose Craig.
“He’s a young, successful pop star with millions of fans all over the world.”
“Craig David has all the qualities needed to make a great goodwill ambassador. On a recent visit to South Africa to find out more about TB he revealed to them all, intelligence. deep curiosity, openness to new people and ideas. Empathy.
Is that the best explanation you could come up with Judith???
I fail to understand how Craig’s “celebrity” is going to help people living in the developing world affected by tuberculosis.
Why not appoint individuals who actually care and don’t have projects to promote? (e.g. new film, new album etc).
The UN has this habit of appointing famous faces to fill the coveted position of Goodwill Ambassador, but what do they do???
Do they just fly out to visit the povety stricken with cameras in tow, look concerned, shake hands with government officials who are only to happy to stand in the presence of a celebrity, and then fly back home in the UN private jet?
WHAT DO THEY DO???
Anyway I look forward to hearing what Craig has to say about tuberculosis.
This should be interesting.