2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas speaking at the United Nations

Michael Douglas at the United Nations

Michael Douglas has served as a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 1998. Messengers are carefully chosen from among elite individuals in the worlds of science, politics, and entertainment for the purpose of raising awareness of U.N. efforts to improve the lives of billions of people.

Michael Douglas also actively supports stronger gun legislation. Douglas has been a public champion of the cause since the murder of John Lennon in December 1980.

In 2014, Douglas received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award, which is given at the annual UNICEF ball. Matt Damon (a previous recipient) presented the award, in recognition of his work with UNICEF and his “commitment to the survival and welfare of the world’s children.”