Michelle Yeoh named UN Goodwill Ambassador


New York (AP) – The United Nations Development Program says it has named Malaysia-born actress Michelle Yeoh as a Goodwill Ambassador focusing on global development and disaster recovery.

Yeoh, known for roles in such movies as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Tomorrow Never Dies,” experienced the April 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal while she was visiting the country.  She said it made her want to use her influence to bring awareness to disaster recovery efforts.

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Yeoh said she also wants to pursue gender equality and fight against poverty.

“I want to be there for all those who are left behind in this world, whether it’s because they are born poor, born a woman or born in an area affected by devastation,” she told a news conference.