“Throughout his career, Roy has shown an unwavering commitment to tackling illicit drugs,” said the statement.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has designated Pakistani singer Shehzad Roy, a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz, its National Goodwill Ambassador.

The executive director of UNODC Yury Fedotov quoted in a statement,

Throughout his career as a singer, social worker and a humanitarian, Mr. Roy has shown an unwavering commitment to tackling illicit drugs. His position as one of Pakistan’s most famous singers, his enduring popularity with young people, and his energy and undoubted talent, will help UNODC publicize the dangers of drug abuse,” the executive director said.

Roy has been congratulated by international singer Bryan Adams, among others.

The singer shared this on his Twitter page:

Speaking on his appointment, Mr. Roy said:

I have been following UNODC’s work even before joining them as a Goodwill Ambassador. Their work is commendable in the fields of criminal justice, drug demand reduction, and HIV/AIDS prevention. These things are close to my heart, especially when children are concerned, and I will give my all to my new role as National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan.”

Phaser team expects the singer to take part in wide range of activities, to support prison and police reforms, and advocating for gender-responsive services for drug abusers.

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