UNAIDS Appoints Huang Xiaoming as Goodwill Ambassador for China

UNAIDS appoints renowned actor Huang Xiaoming as Goodwill Ambassador for China


BEIJING, 28 November 2016—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed the celebrated actor and humanitarian Huang Xiaoming as a UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for China. The announcement was made at an event at UNAIDS office in Beijing, China.

“Huang Xiaoming is an inspiration for millions of people,” said Catherine Sozi, UNAIDS Country Director for China. “I am thrilled that he will leverage his amazing platform as a gifted actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist to help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. His efforts can re-energize HIV prevention and transform many lives in China and beyond.”


The nomination ceremony included a panel discussion with young people on HIV prevention. Football champion and UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for China, Shao Jiayi participated in the event and gave congratulatory remarks.

In his new role, Mr Huang will raise awareness on the importance of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, with a special emphasis on HIV prevention among young people. Immediately after his appointment, the star showed his support for the UNAIDS global Hands Up for #HIVPrevention campaign which has been taking place in the lead up to World AIDS Day on 1 December. Mr Huang posed for photographs with an HIV prevention message written on the palm of his hand. People around the world have been sharing similar photographs and messages through social media.


“I am honored by this appointment as UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador to China,” said Mr Huang. “I am glad that I can play at a least a small part in helping to intensify efforts on HIV prevention. My hope is young people understand the need to take proper measures to protect not only their own health but the health of the people they love.”


Mr Huang began his acting career in 1998 by starring in the television drama Love is not a Game. He rose to prominence for playing the lead role in the epic historical TV series on the Han Emperor. He has also starred in numerous movies which have been box office hits in China. Mr Huang’s talents have been widely recognized and he is the winner of more than 100 prestigious awards including the China Golden Rooster Award.


Mr Huang’s humanitarian work has included donating funds to support post-disaster reconstruction following the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and  adopting the twin pandas, Pingping and An’an, which were born and rescued after the quake.

There were 654,000 people living with HIV in China by end of September 2016. Young people are particularly vulnerable to HIV. Thirteen young people (age 15-24) are infected with HIV every hour in Asia and the Pacific. In China, 7.1% of people living with HIV are young people.

Contact

UNAIDS Beijing | Liu Jie | tel. + | liuji@unaids.org

UNAIDS Bangkok | Saya Oka | tel. +66 2680 4128 | okas@unaids.org




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