Some say he was the best James Bond ever, and now actor Roger Moore has written a message to encourage people to support UNICEF.

“I have had the rare privilege of seeing firsthand UNICEF’s work with children around the world,” wrote Moore on the UNICEF website “I have met countless children who are benefiting, whose lives have been saved by UNICEF programs. Many are living in appalling poverty, without the day-to-day essentials we take for granted. Others are bravely struggling to survive in situations of conflict.

“The work we do today is vital and lifesaving. But I have some grave concerns about the future. Though UNICEF staff and volunteers work tirelessly, the hardships that so many children face – drought, famine, war – will not go away in the foreseeable future.

“The legacies left by UNICEF supporters enable us to be there for future generations… and continue to save and uplift the lives of our world’s most precious citizens in years to come.”

The 80-year-old actor has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity since 1991, and first became involved in humanitarian issues when he witnessed extreme poverty while filming in India in 1983.

To find out more about UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors, visit their website.

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