May 06, 2011 18:28:00 GMT
Julia Roberts has been appointed a global ambassador for a United Nations Foundation campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of deadly smoke from inefficient cookstoves.
The Hollywood actress Julia Roberts first learned about the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves organization earlier this year when she sat down to interview U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her TV special "Extraordinary Moms". The politician helped to launch the Alliance last year.
Roberts, a mother of three, has now joined forces with Clinton to bring attention to the need for modern, clean and safe stoves in the developing world, where many families rely on kitchen appliances or open fires fueled by wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook, which can cause potentially fatal health affects.
She says, "Nearly two million people around the world - mostly women and children - die each year from an activity that many of us take for granted: cooking for our families."
"I am proud to stand with Secretary Clinton to work to reduce the senseless and preventable deaths from unsafe cooking conditions in developing countries and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves."
"Extraordinary Moms" will air in the U.S. on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, May 7, on the eve of America's Mothers Day.