Daniel Craig, an actor who played James Bond, has been given a special mission by the United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ki-moon appointed the actor as the first UN advocate against landmines.
“Along with moviegoers worldwide, I have been on the edge of my seat watching Mr. Craig, as James Bond, defuse ticking time-bombs with seconds to spare. I am even more excited that Mr. Craig has agreed to use his star power to draw attention to the noble causes of mine destruction and mine awareness,” said the secretary-general.
“As 007, Mr. Craig had a “license to kill.’ Today we are giving him a ‘license to save,’” added the UN chief. “I am the eighth secretary-general, so I am 008. This means I have given him that mandate to save.”
Craig will be UN’s global advocate for three years; his designation was one of the many events organized to observe the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
Craig shared that he had encountered the legacy of unexploded bombs when he was filming in Cambodia.
“There were lots and lots of children around. And I know I was nervous – but I can’t imagine what it was like for the parents of those children,” shared Craig.
“It stops them from having a normal life, getting on and rebuilding, and getting back their lives again,” added Craig.
“The use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq, Somalia and Mali; the widespread use of barrel bombs in Syria, and the landmine contamination in Cambodia, Colombia and Afghanistan must all be addressed simultaneously. It is a big job. The United nations needs political and financial support to succeed.”
Craig is one of the many high-profile actors appointed by UN. Angelina Jolie is a special envoy for the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR). Her work is to highlight violence against women and girls in conflict zones.
Leonardo DiCaprio was appointed as a messenger for peace last 2014, Emma Watson, star of the Harry Potter series, was appointed as a goodwill ambassador by United Nations organization,UN Women.
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