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Jackie Chan, Stevie Wonder, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour and Leo Messi are among the stars urging people to be Good Citizen Ambassadors for the United Nations.

The 2010 United Nations Citizen Ambassador video competition has launched on the UN’s YouTube channel.

“Do you want to talk to the world leaders?” asks Jackie Chan. “Use your voice and tell us how to make the world a better and safer place? Go ahead! Be a good citizen Ambassador for the United Nations.”

The UN wants you to tell world leaders what you think about the Millennium Development Goals. All you have to do is record a video of less than two minutes that answers one of the following questions:

  • “Why are the Millennium Development Goals important to you and your family?”
  • “What is your community, city or country doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals?”
  • “How can the international community better work together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals?”

“The Millennium Development Goals are about improving the lives of everyday people around the globe” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement. “This contest is about giving a voice to those who want to make a difference.”

The final date for submissions is August 23. A judging panel will determine the best six video entries and decide who will be the new Citizen Ambassadors. The winners will be invited to the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 65th UN Day, where they will take a special guided tour, meet the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and assist as VIPs to the UN Day Concert on 23 October.

To find out more about the competition, visit the official website.

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