Actor Sonu Sood who is often known as the “messiah of migrants” for his philanthropic work during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The ‘Dabangg’ actor has received the award for selflessly extending a helping hand and sending lakhs of migrants, stranded students across geographies aboard, back to their home.
Besides that, he has also been providing free education and medical facilities to young children and has been creating free employment opportunities for the needy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award was presented to the actor at a virtual ceremony on Monday evening. Expressing his happiness over the honor, the actor said he fully supports the UNDP in it’s endeavors. “This is a rare honor. 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 goods, ” he said.
“I fully support the UNDP in its endeavors to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Planet Earth and mankind will greatly benefit from the implementation of these goals, ” he added.
With this prestigious honor, Sood joins the likes of Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Watson, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas, Nicole Kidman, and Priyanka Chopra who have been similarly honored by different UN bodies. (ANI)