*Actor Don Cheadle has been appointed the new spokesman for the United Nations environment program.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner delivered the news during a ceremony in Rwanda’s capital, saying Cheadle – whose 20o4 film “Hotel Rwanda” dramatized the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed more than 500,000 people – would help raise green awareness among millions around the globe.

As a U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador, Cheadle vowed to fight climate change and promote environment conservation.

The film star also named a baby gorilla Zoya, a name chosen by internet users as part of a UNEP awareness program.