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.