UNICEF Ambassador Laurence Fishburne spends time with children during his UNICEF field visit to South Africa in 2004.
UNICEF South Africa/2004/Antoine De Ras
Laurence Fishburne

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UNICEF Ambassador since 1996

Perhaps best known for his role as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, actor Laurence Fishburne's career has spanned film, TV, and stage, earning him a Tony and an Emmy award.

As a UNICEF Ambassador since 1996, Laurence traveled with UNICEF to visit UNICEF-supported programs for children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa in June 2004 and to the Ivory Coast and Liberia in 2007, to visit UNICEF-supported centers for war refugees and former child soldiers.



Laurence's Support for UNICEF

In June 2010, Laurence hosted a cultivation dinner for donors in Washington, D.C., to thank them for their work in raising funds and awareness in support of UNICEF's emergency relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake.

Laurence also narrated The State of the World's Children, one of UNICEF's most important education videos, lobbied on Capitol Hill in April 1999 for the approval of the U.S. Government's annual contribution to UNICEF and, in 2000, was given the Child Survival Award, established by UNICEF and The Carter Center, in honor of his significant achievements for child survival, protection, and development around the world.