UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced the appointment of popular Bangladeshi musician and actor, Tahsan Khan, as their first Goodwill Ambassador in Bangladesh, today.
He will join nearly 30 UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors globally, who help to highlight the situation of refugees and the work of UNHCR in every corner of the world, through their influence, dedication and hard work.
Khan has been supporting UNHCR’s advocacy and outreach activities since 2019. He visited the Rohingya refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, and supported UNHCR in the promotion of World Refugee Day and other events. Through these engagements, he witnessed the complex Rohingya humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar, met with refugees, and deepened his understanding of the root causes of displacement.
“I feel privileged and honoured to be engaging with UNHCR, which ensures protection, provides life-saving assistance and seeks solutions for millions of refugees and displaced people worldwide,” shared Khan. “More than one percent of humanity – 1 in every 97 people – are displaced by conflict and persecution. As part of the privileged 99 percent, I feel a moral obligation to offer every support I can extend to uphold their voices.”
Steven Corliss, UNHCR’s Representative in Bangladesh also spoke at the programme. “We are truly honoured and proud that Tahsan has agreed to become UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador in Bangladesh,” he said. “Not only is Tahsan a brilliant musician and actor, he is also a passionate refugee advocate and a wonderful human being, who is well-respected and liked in Bangladesh and beyond. I am very sure that Tahsan will be able to use his reach and influence to give a voice to refugees and advocate for their well-being and protection.”