Actor Antonio Banderas (file)
Actor Antonio Banderas (file)

The United Nations Development Program has named Spanish actor Antonio Banderas as a Goodwill Ambassador in the fight against poverty.

The U.N. said  Wednesday Banderas will work to enact the U.N. Millennium Development Goals that were established to fight hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

Banderas issued a statement saying he will work with the U.N. Development Program to take action on the goals, with a particular focus on Latin America and Africa.

The actor will also work to raise awareness of the $710 million Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund, which supports national and local governments as well as citizen organizations in their efforts to tackle poverty and inequality.

Antonio Banderas was born in Spain and is an accomplished actor, writer, singer and producer.