Opportunity Green Business Conference 2011 Speakers
Actor & U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador
United Nations Environmental Program
In 2010, Don Cheadle was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. In his capacity as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Cheadle uses the influential voice of the entertainment industry to mobilize the public to embrace more sustainable lifestyles, promote the greening of the entertainment industry and other sectors, and take part in UNEP public outreach initiatives. Long before his position with the United Nations, Mr. Cheadle has worked as a highly respected and well-known actor. Two notable films in which he starred are the academy award winning movies Crash and Hotel Rwanda. Inspired by his role in Hotel Rwanda, he co-authored the book Not on Our Watch: The Mission To End Genocide In Darfur And Beyond to draw global attention to current mass atrocities plaguing the globe. The book works to inspire ordinary citizens on how they can take action to end ongoing tragedies in Darfur, northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere. Not long after the publication and subsequent success of the book, Mr. Cheadle co-founded an organization of the same name that works towards conscious raising and resource funding to help stop current mass atrocities. Mr. Cheadle has been recognized time and again for his commitment to humanitarian work, such as in 2007 when he was awarded the BET Humanitarian award of the year and again in 2010 with the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards.