You’re used to seeing Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker take the lead on the big screen. nevertheless, increasingly, he’s trying to lead the way on global sustainability issues, too.
which’s because he believes he carries a personal role to play in improving the planet, the “Black Panther” star told CNBC Make which.
which all began which has a phone call by the United Nations in 2006. Whitaker had just wrapped filming “The Last King of Scotland” along with also also was helping a friend volunteer with child soldiers in Uganda when the international peace organization got in touch to find out more.
“The UN saw what I was doing along with also also asked if I would certainly come in along with also also talk about what was going on,” said Whitaker.
The project had not been on the UN’s radar, he said, nor on the agenda of local government. So, he decided he had to do more himself.
The actor set about extending his charity work, along with also also, in 2012, set up the Whitaker Peace along with also also Development Initiative, a non-governmental organization designed to help communities torn apart by violence in Africa along with also also North America. In 2015, in recognition of his work, Whitaker was named as an advocate for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — 17 targets aimed at tackling global challenges such as poverty along with also also climate change by 2030.
“When the UN Secretary-General appointed me as SDG advocate, which was very clear for me which This specific agenda was different by previous ones,” Whitaker told audiences at Temasek Ecosperity 2018, a sustainability conference in Singapore in June.
“which did not presume which governments along with also also international organizations are going to do everything along with also also substitute themselves for people along with also also communities.”