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American actor Adrian Grenier latest UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

Hollywood star Adrian Grenier has landed a new role: UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador.

The American actor will advocate for reducing single-use plastic, a factor in marine pollution, in addition to supporting protection for wildlife that inhabit the seas.

His designation ceremony was held on the roof of the Empire State Building in New York City on Monday, World Environment Day.

"The unanimous sentiment is that we need to do something about climate change and do something about man's effects on the planet. So, keep doing it because momentum is building, there is a critical mass and I am very proud to be a part of that movement."

Adrian Grenier gained fame playing A-list movie star Vincent Chase in the HBO series 'Entourage,' which also was made into a film.

He is co-founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation which inspires empathy towards marine species.

Mr Grenier is also taking part in the Ocean Conference being held this week at UN Headquarters.

UNEP to receive petition calling for end to marine pollution

More than one million people have signed a petition that calls for the phasing-out of single-use plastic within the next five years in support of a UN initiative to end marine litter.

The petition, spearheaded by the group Avaaz, will be presented to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which launched the #CleanSeas campaign earlier this year.

It comes as more than 20 countries have underscored their support for the campaign, which calls for an end to single-use plastic as well as the use of microplastics in cosmetics, both of which are major contributors to marine pollution.

However, UNEP chief Erik Solheim pointed out that more countries will have to come on board if the world is to drastically reduce the eight million tonnes of plastic already leaching into the oceans each year.

UN rights expert calls for mental health care "revolution"

A UN human rights expert is calling for a "revolution" in mental health care to end decades of neglect, abuse and violence.

Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health, made the appeal on Tuesday after presenting his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

He said mental health is neglected within health care systems across the world, or often based on outdated practices which violate human rights.

He also called for bold political commitments, urgent policy responses and immediate action to address the issue.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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