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Stories from the UN Archive: Marlon Brando, the UN’s first frontman for water

The Hollywood legend memorably narrated The Well of Happiness in 1956, following a UN-led project in the South American country long before the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development call for clean water and sanitation for all.

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The star of On the Waterfront and Apocalypse Now was one of a growing number of celebrities to help the UN highlight needs across the world.

Listen to UN News’ Podcast Classics episode featuring Mr. Brando here, part of the UN News #ThrowbackThursday series showcasing pivotal moments across the UN’s past. From the infamous and nearly-forgotten to world leaders and global superstars, stay tuned for a taste of the UN Audiovisual Library’s 49,400 hours of video recordings and 18,000 hours of audio chronicling.

Visit our Podcast Classics series here and UN Video’s Stories from the UN Archive playlist here. Join us next Thursday for another dive into history.

Two small children wash their hands with soap at a hand-washing station at the Sayariy Warmi early childhood development centre in Sucre, Bolivia.
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Two small children wash their hands with soap at a hand-washing station at the Sayariy Warmi early childhood development centre in Sucre, Bolivia.

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