George Clooney resigns from United Nations peacekeeping role because he’s just too busy
Weddings are pretty time-consuming, after all
Tuesday 29 April 2014
George Clooney has resigned from his United Nations role as “messenger of the peace” because he doesn’t have enough time.
The actor – formerly known as Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor – recently got engaged to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The news was confirmed yesterday by Clooney’s mother and, more strangely, Alamuddin's employer, Droughton Street Chambers in London.
His fiancée, Alamuddin, is United Nations Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s advisor on Syria, and previously offered council into the UN's use of drones.
"After six years in this role, Mr Clooney feels it is time to retire his official role as messenger of peace," said UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. "The competing demands on their time from their professional and advocacy lives sometimes make it difficult for high-profile individuals to carry out a formal United Nations role."
Clooney had held the title since 2008, following his work in raising awareness for the displacement of millions in Darfur.
In March 2012, he was arrested – and shortly released – in a protest over the crisis in Sudan.
He also met with Barack Obama to discuss his concerns and has travelled to the country itself as part of his role.
In 2010, the star co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to raise awareness and document the “mass atrocities”, taking place in the region.
Dujarric congratulated Clooney on his engagement and hoped that he would continue with his personal political efforts.
"Retiring from his UN role will afford him the independence to move forward with this and other personal advocacy projects and activities," he said.
Clooney’s forthcoming nuptials came as a surprise to many, after the actor famously once said he would never marry again following his split from his first wife, actress Talia Balsam in 1989.
But Alamuddin, one of London’s leading legal minds, has managed to persuade him otherwise. The engagement is thought to have taken place over the past two weeks.
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