The 47-year-old actor received the award virtually Credit: Twitter

Humanitarian actions of actor Sonu Sood during the lockdown have not gone unnoticed as he has now been honoured with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award.

The 47-year-old actor who received the award virtually had been selflessly helping stranded migrants during the COVID-19 crisis. This includes arranging many buses to facilitate the transfer, arranging food services, chartered flights and even providing job and schooling opportunities to the underprivileged during the pandemic.

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Sood even offered his hotel in Mumbai for medical professionals to stay in and also arranged safe shelters for people in Mumbai prior to being hit by the cyclone Nisarga which hit Maharashtra coast in July. He also launched a toll-free helpline number so that a smooth flow of assistance occurs during times of crisis.

The statement by the UNDP on the award given to Sood read, “The ‘Special Humanitarian Action Award’ given to Mr Sonu Sood was conferred on him by the Department of Planning of the Government of Punjab, with the support of the Sustainable Development Goals Coordination Centre.

The awardees were selected based on the recommendation of an independent jury.

UNDP was not involved in the selection nor in the conferring of the award to Mr Sonu Sood.

We congratulate Mr Sood on receiving this award and appreciate his humanitarian efforts to help people in these challenging times.”

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Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas even congratulated Sood and wrote on Twitter, “Congratulations @SonuSood. So well deserved! You continue to do God’s work and it’s so inspiring to see. Thank you for all that you do (sic).”

Sonu was quick to reply to Priyanka’s good wishes and wrote, “Thank u so much for your encouraging words @priyankachopra. You are an inspiration for millions.. and I am one of them. Keep motivating the world because you are our true hero. Loads of love (sic).”

Other known names who have been honoured by different UN bodies include Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Watson, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas, Nicole Kidman, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

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