LAHORE-The United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has appointed Pakistan’s renowned singer Shehzad Roy as its National Good will ambassador.

In a tweet the singer shared his feeling and 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.” Shehzad said.

“It is disheartening to see children imprisoned for petty crimes or drugs ruining the lives of young people. If I can help one child out of prison or convince just one boy or girl to turn away from drugs, I feel proud that I have made a difference,” Shehzad said upon accepting his two-year assignment.

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said, “Throughout his career as a singer, social worker and a humanitarian, 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 publicise the dangers of drug abuse,” he said.