Priyanka Chopra Jonas who is the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was recently invited to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday. The global icon took part in a chat, alongside many renowned personalities from around the globe. The actress at the event spoke about the global issues, that is the need of the hour. PC expressed her views on climate change, inequity, poverty and revealed how the world needs USD 350 billion, in order to end poverty by 2030. She also spoke on the importance of investing in a country’s people and creating a population, that people would want to invest in.
PC said, “I might not be a billionaire that can make the kind of contributions that we’re talking about, but I know that as soon as I had a little bit of a platform when I started my work in the entertainment business almost 20 years ago, I understood the power of influence, I understood the power of keeping the conversation going. I understood the power of not letting it die down, to understand the urgency.”
She also added, “I want my kids to grow up in a world where the world leaders have listened to Greta’s (Thunberg) generation, where the climate crisis is contained if not averted, where a woman’s ability to succeed is a basic human right and not based on geography and chance.”
She spoke about the ways to eradicate poverty and how India successfully eradicated polio with the help of 200 million volunteers. She stated, “11 years ago, 60 per cent of the world’s polio cases were in India. Five years later, eradicated. And that was because of the massive campaign that the government and almost 200 million volunteers… top-down and bottom-up, got together and said that we are going to make the change in this country.”
Priyanka concluded by saying,
“Let’s bring the world to a place where a child’s dreams are achievable, where that child can get an education, where that child can have papers, where that child can actually have a future.”
This speech of Priyanka has gone viral over the social media. Priyanka also took to her social media, to share a picture of herself with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and international development expert, who was another participant in the panel, that Priyanka participated in. Posting the picture, she captioned, “Dr Ngozi on behalf of Gavi has vaccinated 86% of the world’s children and has saved over 13 million lives since 2000. She is truly doing God’s work. Dr Ngozi is an economist, international development expert and the Chair of @gavialliance – an incredible organization that has helped immunize more than 760 million children and saved 13 million lives. The proof is in the numbers, and it’s evident that with organizations like Gavi and its amazing partners like @unicef and @who, we can eradicate extreme poverty (sic).”