Right from selflessly extending a helping hand for sending lakhs of migrants home in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic to helping thousands of stranded students across geographies abroad or during city floods, Sonu Sood's list of humanitarian acts is pretty long. He got the tag 'Migrant Messiah' for his philanthropic work in this difficult time. Having said that, Sonu Sood has now been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The award was presented at a virtual ceremony on Monday evening.
With this Sonu Sood joins the likes of Priyanka Chopra and other actors from the West like Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Watson, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas and Nicole Kidman who have been honoured by different UN bodies. Apart from that, the Simmba actor has also provided free education and medical facilities to young children and created free employment opportunities to the needy in this ongoing pandemic. The UNDP award underlines the efforts of the actor in his humanitarian work that has been applauded both nationally, and internationally.
“This is a rare honour. UN recognition is very special. I have done whatever little I have done, in my own humble way, for my fellow countrymen without any expectations. However, to be recognized and awarded feels good. I fully support the UNDP in its endeavours to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Planet Earth and mankind will greatly benefit from the implementation of these goals”, said Sonu Sood to TOI, on receiving the coveted award.
Sonu Sood will, in times ahead, help UNDP in propagating messaging around the SDGs. “This is all straight from the heart,” says the actor.
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