UN appointed Daniel Craig (James Bond-007) as global mine action advocate
April 16, New York: United Nations has appointed ‘James Bond’ star Daniel Craig as the first United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.
At the ceremony held at UN headquarters in New York, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon addressed the 47-year-old actor saying that he had license to kill as 007, but now had the “license to save,” He continued saying “I am the eighth secretary-general, so I am 008. This means I have given him that mandate to save,” the Guardian reported.
The UN’s Secretary-General also paid a tribute to Craig’s work and that of the Mine Action Service, which has been working to clear mines, educates people on risks, assist victims, destroy stockpiles and advocate for the elimination of landmines and explosive hazards since 1997.
Craig, who has said he looks forward to taking up the Secretary-General’s invitation to visit UN mine action programs in the coming months, added that he was humbled by his designation, Craig has a long standing interest in the global campaign to ban landmines and explosive remnants of war and has already done work for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), narrating two videos for the office in 2014, prior to receiving his new designation, Trade Arabia reported.
According to Zee News, Craig is the latest high-profile actor to take on such a role for the UN, with Angelina Jolie, acting as special envoy for the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), Leonardo DiCaprio as a messenger for peace, and Emma Watson as goodwill ambassador by the United Nations organization UN Women. The Oslo Times