007 gets license to save

As secret agent James Bond, Daniel Craig has a license to kill, but on Tuesday the United Nations gave the British actor a “license to save” by appointing him as the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.

Craig, who has been filming his fourth movie as the dapper,martini-drinking agent 007, will spend the next three years raising awareness for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and political and financial support for the cause.

“You have been given a license to kill (as James Bond), I’m now giving you a license to save,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Craig at United Nations headquarters in New York.

The United Nations said 162 States are parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. Last year, the United Nations said it destroyed more than 400 000 land mines and explosive remnants of war and more than 2 000 tons of obsolete ammunition.