AMBASSADOR SOZZANI: Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani will be appointed first Goodwill Ambassador by Fashion 4 Development, a program on digital media platform South-South News, which is a partner of the United Nations, during a gala today at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. The gala will coincide with the opening of the 65th session of the U.N. F4D is a global awareness campaign whose main goal is to implement creative strategies for sustainable economic growth and autonomy through diplomacy, business, media, and the creative industries.

Sozzani is expected to address the audience during the First Ladies “Fashion for Development” Luncheon, also to be held today. The event’s theme will be “Giving Back Is the New Luxury” and will center on the increasingly decisive role of fashion in creating economic growth in developing countries.

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“Franca Sozzani is a perfect choice to lead our mission as goodwill ambassador. Her professional career as well as her philanthropic efforts are truly an inspiration that will garner the support of fashion elite worldwide,” stated Evie Evangelou, co-founder of Fashion 4 Development and World Fashion Development Programme.

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