star George Clooney has been named a United Nations Messenger of
Peace in honor of his humanitarian work.
Clooney, who has been campaigning for a long time on behalf of
refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan, now joins fellow actor
Michael Douglas and musician Yo-Yo Ma in accepting the honor.
According to the UN spokesman Michele Montas, Clooney is being
recognized for focusing public attention on crucial international
political and social issues.
Last month, Clooney and his Ocean's Thirteen costar Don
Cheadle were awarded the Peace Summit Award at the World Summit of
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome, for raising awareness about
the genocide in Darfur.