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The Barack Obama administration is preparing to appoint a "full-time, high-level" envoy to address the conflict in Darfur, according to the actor George Clooney, who met the president and Joe Biden in Washington on Monday to lobby them on the issue.
Clooney said Obama and the vice-president had told him the envoy would report directly to the White House, and would be appointed following a foreign policy review currently taking place "at the senior-most levels". "They assured me, and wanted to assure the rest – whoever else is listening – this is high on their agenda," he said. "This is a huge policy step for us."
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon enlisted George Clooney as a Messenger of Peace for his ability to raise awareness about critical issues.
The U.N. chief bestows the title of Messenger of Peace for an initial period of three years on prominent personalities willing to volunteer their time and talent to promote U.N.'s global peace efforts.
US actor George Clooney raised almost $1m for US presidential candidate Barack Obama by headlining an exclusive event for US citizens in Geneva, Switzerland.
Fresh from the world premiere of the Coen brothers' comedy 'Burn After Reading' in Venice, Mr Clooney slipped without fanfare into the Swiss city Tuesday night for his first appearance on behalf of the Democratic nominee.
Dressed in a black suit and tie, he signed autographs but did not comment as he squeezed his way past fans gathered in the narrow streets of Geneva.