"After six years in this role, Mr. Clooney feels it is time
to retire his official role as Messenger of Peace," said U.N.
spokesman Stephane Dujarric, wishing Clooney well on his
engagement to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
"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," he said.
As a messenger of peace, Clooney traveled to Democratic Republic
of Congo and South Sudan. Dujarric said U.N. Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon hoped there would be future opportunities for
collaboration between Clooney and the United Nations.
In 2010, Clooney helped found the Satellite Sentinel Project,
which tracks human rights abuses and mass atrocities in Sudan.
"Retiring from his U.N. role will afford him the independence to
move forward with this and other personal advocacy projects and
activities," Dujarric said.
When Clooney was named a U.N. Messenger of Peace in 2008, Ban
cited his work on raising awareness about violence in Sudan's
conflict-torn western Darfur region, where he advocated for aid
for the millions of people displaced by fighting.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Tom Brown)
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