Actor Sonu Sood has been relentless in his efforts to succeed in bent people in need during these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The actor has been conferred the distinguished SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Sonu was awarded at a virtual ceremony on Monday evening. Other celebrities to possess similar honours by different UN bodies are Angelina Jolie, Priyanka Chopra, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson, Emma Watson and more.
Sonu began with arranging transport for migrant laborers to reach back their home when the Covid lockdown was announced in India. Since then, the actor has helped thousands of people find their way home, arranged both domestic and international flights for groups of people stranded faraway from their hometowns, has created employment opportunities, provided free education to children, and far more.
Sonu said, “This may be a rare honour. A UN recognition is extremely special. I even have done whatever little I even have done, in my very own humble way, for my fellow countrymen with none expectations. However, to be recognized and awarded feels good. I fully support the UNDP in its endeavours to realize the SDGs by 2030. Planet Earth and mankind will greatly enjoy the implementation of those goals.”
Sonu has also been lauded for his outreach efforts by several of his colleagues within the Hindi movie industry .