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Jeremy Irons takes on UN world food ambassador role

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.