We recently posted a short landmines awareness video of Daniel Craig, perhaps most famously known for playing the roll of James Bond. On Tuesday, Craig further increased his personal role as landmines awareness advocate when the United Nations gave the British actor a ‘license to save’ by appointing him as the first global advocate for the elimination of landmines and explosive hazards.
As James Bond, Craig is often seen in close proximity to dangerous explosions, but in his new role with the UN he will spend the next three years raising awareness for the U.N. Mine Action Service and political and financial support for the cause.
You have been given a license to kill (as James Bond), I’m now giving you a license to save.
– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Craig at United Nations headquarters in New York.
Currently, 162 States are parties to the Ottawa Treaty, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty. Last year, the U.N. funded efforts to destroy more than 400,000 landmines and explosive remnants of war, which included more than 2,000 tons of obsolete ammunition.
At the ceromny on Tuesday, Craig said:
I am honored to accept this role, I’m humbled that I will get the chance to work next to people who are risking their lives every day to help ordinary people live ordinary lives … I will do my very best … The briefing from the Secretary-General, and from all of the United Nations staff I have met, demonstrated the enormity of the task.
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.
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