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Bond star Daniel Craig's UN mission

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been given a special new mission - by the United Nations.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday appointed him as the first UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.

In a brief ceremony at UN headquarters in New York City, Mr Ban thanked Craig for his commitment to support its vision for a world free from the threat of land mines and explosive remnants of war.

"Along with moviegoers worldwide, I have been on the edge of my seat watching Mr Craig, as James Bond, defuse ticking time-bombs with seconds to spare," the secretary-general said.

"I am even more excited that Mr Craig has agreed to use his star power to draw attention to the noble causes of mine destruction and mine awareness."

He said Craig's designation as a global advocate for three years was one of a number of events organised to observe the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

Craig toured an exhibit at the UN on the impact of mines, and Mr Ban said he hoped his efforts would raise awareness of efforts to rid the world of mines, and raise political and financial support.

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