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Michael Douglas Honored With UNICEF Award

Joe Bowers Joe Bowers
1/15/2014 2:35pm EST

Michael DouglasOn Tuesday, Michael Douglas was honored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in recognition of his long-running crusade for the disarmament of nuclear weapons.
The renowned actor, who has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 1998, received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award to mark his determined effort to have the bombs eliminated.

After taking to the podium at the UNICEF Ball in Beverly Hills, Douglas noted how the first atomic weapon hit Hiroshima, Japan a year after his birth in 1944.

He told the star-studded crowd, "I was born in 1944, one year before the first bomb went off, and I hope in my lifetime to see the elimination of the weapons."

Douglas also insisted he will continue to aid UNICEF efforts to reduce countries' nuclear arsenals, despite the slow speed at which talks can take place.

He added, "Sure, it's painful. We were gearing up just a few years ago for... talks with President Obama and the Russians and there was a reduction in warheads.

"But things have gotten cool now again between Russia and the U.S. and it has slowed down. I think it will happen again. We will have an increased reduction."

The accolade is named after entertainer Danny Kaye, who devoted himself to helping children around the world through the charity.

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