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Jeremy Irons takes on UN world food ambassador role

17 October 2011 Last updated at 23:11 BST

The actor Jeremy Irons has been named FAO Goodwill Ambassador at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

After the announcement he spoke at a news conference about the role.

He told reporters that "as individuals we can be and often are compassionate, generous, fair-minded."

"But actions on a global scale are governed by economic and political preferences", he said.