Actor Sonu Sood who has been given a title ‘messiah of migrants’ for his philanthropic work during coronavirus induced lockdown, has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Dabangg actor has received the award for selflessly extending a helping hand and sending lakhs of migrants, stranded students across geographies abroad, back to their homes. Besides that, he has also been providing free education and medical facilities to young children and has been creating free employment opportunities to the needy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The award was presented to the actor at a virtual ceremony on Monday evening.Also Read - Punjab Assembly Election 2022: Miffed Over Being Dropped For Sonu Sood's Sister, Sitting Congress MLA From Moga Joins BJP

Expressing his happiness over the honour, the actor said he fully supports the UNDP in its endeavours. “This is a rare honour. UN recognition is very special. I have done whatever little I have done, in my own humble way, for my fellow countrymen without any expectations. However, to be recognised and awarded feels good,” he said. Also Read - Malvika Sood, Actor Sonu Sood's Sister Joins Punjab Congress Ahead of Assembly Elections 2022

“I fully support the UNDP in its endeavours to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Planet Earth and mankind will greatly benefit from the implementation of these goals,” he added. Also Read - Sonu Sood Steps Down as Punjab's State Icon Ahead of 2022 Assembly Elections: 'Like All Good Things..'

With this prestigious honour, Sood joins the likes of Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Watson, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas, Nicole Kidman and Priyanka Chopra who have been similarly honoured by different UN bodies.

(With inputs from ANI)