Diya Mirza - Profile
Diya Mirza is a renowned Actor, Producer, Goodwill Ambassador UNEP, UN Secretary Generals Advocate for SDGs, WildLife Trust Of India, Save The Children, IFAW-Global Ambassador.
Diya Mirza was the second runner-up at Femina Miss India 2000 and was subsequently sent to Miss Asia Pacific 2000, where she won. She also won Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon and Miss Close-Up Smile in Miss India. When she won the Miss Asia Pacific title on 3 December 2000 in Manila, the Philippines, she became the first Indian since Tara Anne Fonseca to win this title in 27 years.
Diya Mirza has been involved with Cancer Patients Aid Association and Spastics Society of India, and has worked extensively with the government of Andhra Pradesh to spread HIV awareness, prevention of female foeticide, PETA, CRY and most recently the NDTV Greenathon – an effort to find tangible solutions against pollution and the book, "Deke Dheko" by Radio Mirchi (a campaign initiated to collect books for underprivileged children). She is on the board of the Coca-Cola foundation that works towards development in rural India. She is associated with campaigns such as Sanctuary Asia's Leave Me Alone and Female Foeticide.
In 2010 she adopted two cheetah cubs at the Prince of Wales zoological park in Lucknow.
Mirza has been felicitated at award functions for her active involvement in social and environmental issues.
She has been named the ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission's youth-based 'Swachh Saathi' programme. As an ambassador, the actress would interact with school and college students from across the country through awareness sessions, community cleaning activities and motivational videos.
She joined Save The Children India as their first ever artist ambassador.
On World Environment Day 2017, Diya was appointed brand ambassador for the Wildlife Trust of India. She has lent her support to WTI's wildlife conservation endeavors for several years and is a founder-member of the organisation's Club Nature initiative, also supporting a campaign to raise awareness about the shrinking space for wild elephants in the country.
She was also appointed as the UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador for India in 2017 and on 7 May 2020, her term was further extended till 2022.She was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals.She also turned into a blogger to save the environment and create awareness. She hosted United Nations Champions Gala 2019 with Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin.She attended the 14th UN Conference of the Parties and hosted the finale reception.
Mirza initiated a cleanliness drive at Juhu beach on Independence Day 2019 and another at Mahim beach on 26 January, to make the beach free from single-use plastic.
Mirza supports Ramky's BIG Green Ganesha and felicitated the winners with Tree Ganeshas in 2019