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 - Sonu Sood Hits Back at Troll Who Called His Social Work a ‘PR Stunt’, Shares Proof of Accounts

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 - Sonu Sood Honoured With Life-Size Statue at Durga Puja Pandal, Actor Calls it His 'Biggest Award Ever'

“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 - After Wrapping Up Shoot for Bell Bottom in UK, Akshay Kumar Resumes Shooting for Prithviraj

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)