You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Bond star calls for elimination of mines

Associated Press Associated Press 5/04/2016 Dave Bryan

British actor Daniel Craig has called for more funding for the UN agency that defuses mines and other unexploded ordnance, saying the work it does increases the chances of survival for people and aid workers in conflict zones around the world.

Craig, who has played agent 007 in four James Bond movies including Spectre and Casino Royale, was appointed Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards last year by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking at the UN as part of International Day for Mine Awareness, Craig said that turmoil around the world created by fighting in countries including Syria, Iraq, Libya and Somalia, underscores the need for nations and individuals to continue funding the work of the United Nations Mine Action Service.

"I am in awe of the people I work with at UNMAS," he said. "The energy and courage of the men and women in this organisation is astounding."

According to UNMAS, which released its annual report on Monday, nearly 3,680 people were killed or injured by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive devices including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in 2014, the most recent year for which data was available, a 12 per cent increase from 2013.

However, international funding for mine action in 2014 was about $US417 million ($A548.40 million), a $US23 million decrease from 2013, the agency reported.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon