Television and screen actress Audrey Hepburn was appointed a UNICEF ambassador of goodwill in 1989. Shortly thereafter Hepburn went on a mission to Ethiopia, where years of drought and civil strife had caused terrible famine. After visiting UNICEF emergency operations, she talked about the projects to the media in the United States, Canada and Europe. Over the years, when not traveling for UNICEF, Hepburn testified before US Congress, took part in the World Summit for Children, launched UNICEF's State of the World's Children reports, hosted Danny Kaye International Children's Award ceremonies, designed fundraising cards, participated in benefit concert tours and gave speeches and interviews promoting UNICEF. She received the United States' highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in December 1992. During that year, while battling cancer, Hepburn continued to travel and promote UNICEF around the globe inspiring millions to take a stand.