Selena Gomez Named UNICEF Ambassador

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced the appointment of Disney sensation Selena Gomez as its newest ambassador, making her the youngest UNICEF ambassador in the United States. In her new role, Gomez will use her celebrity to promote UNICEF’s mission to help reduce the number of daily preventable deaths of children, from 25,000 to zero.

"Every day 25,000 children die from preventable causes. I stand with UNICEF in the belief that we can change that number from 25,000 to zero," Gomez stated. "I know we can achieve this because every moment, UNICEF is on the ground providing children with the lifesaving assistance needed to ensure zero becomes a reality."

The actress plans to travel to Ghana this month in her first field mission, where she will witness the plight of some children there. Ghana is ranked 30th out of 195 countries with the highest mortality rates of children under five.

Gomez joins a long list of celebrities who have been associated with UNICEF, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lucy Liu, Clay Aiken, Marcus Samuelsson, Alyssa Milano and Joel Madden.