"Everyone belongs and everyone's life is valuable. I hope we finally come out truly understanding that despite race, nationality or our borders, we are all human"
Actress and model Praya Lundberg has been supporting UNHCR since 2014, and was appointed UNHCR’s first Goodwill Ambassador in Thailand on 31 January 2017 in recognition of her commitment to helping displaced people worldwide. Praya has shown tireless dedication to our cause. She has travelled to camps in Bangladesh, Jordan and Thailand to witness UNHCR’s frontline work, and meetings with refugees and stateless people have helped Praya to better understand - and amplify - their cause.
Praya's recent field visit in October 2018 to Bangladesh has shed light on the plights of Rohingya refugees, living in the largest camps in the world. After the mission, Praya gave an interview to 50 media outlets, generating widespread coverage. Praya is committed to making sure that the voices of refugees are heard, and has organised activities to commemorate World Refugee Day such as gala dinners, photo exhibitions and talks to demonstrate their courage and resilience.
In September 2019 Praya travelled to Columbia to witness the situation many refugees are having to endure after fleeing violence in Central America. In addition to securing widespread coverage through traditional and social media, Praya has lent her support to various UNHCR campaigns, including World Refugee Day, #WithRefugees, Nobody Left Outside, Namjai for Refugees, #IBELONG campaign and led a marathon to support UNHCR's 'Step with Refugees' campaign in Thailand in June 2019. Praya has been advocating for Stateless people and recently visited Chiang Rai province in Thailand to support #IBelong campaign urging people to learn more about statelessness in January 2020.
Praya Lundberg helps strengthen relationships with the Royal Thai Government. In 2017, she met with Thailand’s Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The meetings resulted in several ongoing engagements, including interviews on national television and the opportunity for Praya to speak about her work as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at talks organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She hopes that through this engagement she will inspire younger generations to get involved with humanitarian work.
Praya frequently supports the work of UNHCR across her social media and shares the stories of refugees she has met whilst working with UNHCR.