July 9, 2010

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday announced the designation of U.S. actor Edward Norton as UN goodwill ambassador for biodiversity.

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Ban recognized the two-time Academy Award wining actor for his long-standing commitment to mobilizing support for conservation efforts, UN associate spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters here.

“Edward Norton has brought global star power to global issues,” Ban said in a statement. “His efforts to preserve biodiversity and promote ecosystem integrity in East Africa have been truly impressive.”

“Environmental conservation, climate change, biodiversity are very much the issues that will define my generation,” said Norton, who voiced his hope to use his new role to inspire young people to take up the challenge of environmental protection.


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