Film star Nicolas Cage won a UN award last night for his humanitarian work and has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the actor and filmmaker with the UN Correspondents Association’s Global Citizen of the Year award for humanitarian endeavours.
Cage said his role will be “to shine a spotlight on the need for global justice”.
The Amnesty International advocate donated two million to establish a fund to help former child soldiers and led a campaign around his film, Lord of War, to raise awareness about international arms control.
The secretary-general also presented a Global Citizen of the Year award to William Roedy, chairman of MTV Networks International, for his work to combat HIV and Aids.