Tuesday, October 20, 1998 Published at 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Ginger Spice takes on diplomatic role
Geri Halliwell: Set for Aids-fighting role
Girl Power comes to the United Nations on Tuesday when former Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, follows in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren by becoming a UN ambassador for goodwill.
Ms Halliwell, 26, is to meet with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York on Tuesday to discuss taking on the role.
Film legend Audrey Hepburn travelled to Somalia during the country's darkest hour and the UN is now calling on celebrities such as Mohammad Ali, Michael Douglas and Luciano Pavarotti to help promote its causes.
Halliwell's role will be to help combat the spread of Aids by promoting safer sex.
Busy with other charity work
In September she agreed to front a breast cancer awareness campaign, and spoke of the breast cancer scare that she went through when she was 18.
She said then: "It's really nice to be able to give something back. I'm an energetic person, I'm a real worker. If I can make a difference I'm happy to do that."
But as Halliwell begins her UN role, she has a long way to go before she matches the example of actor Sir Peter Ustinov.
In August, the UN's Secretary-General paid tribute to Sir Peter's 30 years of working with the UN.
"His qualifictions are unbeatable," Mr Annan said. "He speaks French, German, English, Italian, Russian, Spanish and even some Turkish and Greek. He could double as a representative of all the member states."
Other British celebrities working for the UN include Robbie Williams who travelled to Sri Lanka recently with veteran rock star Ian Dury on a Unicef mission.
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