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Val Kilmer appeared in good spirits as he spoke at an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Saturday. 

The veteran actor, 59, was among a number of speakers who appeared at the 2019 Novus Summit.

The event aims to unite the science, technology and innovation community around the world and find ways to achieve sustainable development goals.

Val Kilmer appeared in good spirits as he attend an event held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Saturday related to his work

Val Kilmer appeared in good spirits as he attend an event held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Saturday related to his work 

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer

The veteran actor, 59,  smiled as he spoke about his work with the TwainMania Foundation, an organisation he founded using ‘art and education to inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to learn what it means to be an American’

He looked well and wore a dapper grey suit and shirt and neckerchief as he spoke to a crowd.

Kilmer was honored at the UN for his work with the TwainMania Foundation. 

According to Novus’ website, The TwainMania Foundation, founded by Kilmer, ‘uses art and education to inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to learn what it means to be an American’, through the legacy and lessons of Mark Twain. 

It was born out of Kilmer’s HELMEL Studios, a space for artists to create art and performances pieces, and to promote collaborations that spark change local communities.

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Along with a picture of the UN building, the star wrote on his Instagram page, the star wrote in June: ‘The past 72 hours have been some of the most intense days of my life. And here we are. 

‘Getting ready to speak at the United Nations in July, to share how @twainmania will help bring empathy, tolerance and literacy to schools throughout America. More to come!.’

The Top Gun star was honored for his work with the TwainMania Foundation on Saturday

The Top Gun star was honored for his work with the TwainMania Foundation on Saturday 

Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky in the original Top Gun movie, will reprise his role in the sequel which is due for release in 2020

Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the original Top Gun movie, will reprise his role in the sequel which is due for release in 2020 

Val Kilmer's foundation was born out of Kilmer’s HELMEL Studios, a space for artists to create art and performances pieces, and to promote collaborations

Val Kilmer’s foundation was born out of Kilmer’s HELMEL Studios, a space for artists to create art and performances pieces, and to promote collaborations 

His appearance came just days after the Top Gun: Maverick trailer was released at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday. 

Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the original, will reprise his role in the sequel.  He played the debonair adversary to Tom Cruise’s character Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell.

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In a Facebook post on Thursday, the actor shared a trailer of the much-anticipated sequel along with the caption: ‘You up for this one, Maverick?.’

Val Kilmer had battled throat cancer, which he revealed during his December 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The Batman star is seen smiling as another speaker address the crowd at Saturday's event

The Batman star is seen smiling as another speaker address the crowd at Saturday’s event 

Kilmer was honored at the UN for his work with the TwainMania Foundation and previously expressed his excitement on Instagram, saying his work would bring tolerance and literacy to schools throughout America

Kilmer was honored at the UN for his work with the TwainMania Foundation and previously expressed his excitement on Instagram, saying his work would bring tolerance and literacy to schools throughout America  

The actor, 59,  jokes around as he is pictured with other attendees at the event on Saturday

The actor, 59,  jokes around as he is pictured with other attendees at the event on Saturday 

And Cruise said last year that it was ‘special’ working with Kilmer again, 32 years after they worked on the iconic action movie together. Cruise told Extra: ‘He’s doing really well.’ 

In 2017, the father-of-two spoke of his two-year battle with throat cancer, and underwent a tracheostomy that left him with a raspy voice and shortness of breath.

The Grammy nominee spoke of his treatment while posing with his two children, Jack and Mercedes, for THR’s  Hollywood Legacies issue. 

When Val looked back at his hey-day, he called fame ‘sort of a mess’ and wished he had had an acting career like three-time Oscar winner (and 20-time nominee) Meryl Streep.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, the actor shared a trailer of the much-anticipated sequel along with the caption: 'You up for this one, Maverick?'

In a Facebook post on Thursday, the actor shared a trailer of the much-anticipated sequel along with the caption: ‘You up for this one, Maverick?’ 

‘I was too serious,’ Kilmer admitted in the 2017 interview. 

‘I’d get upset when things like Oscars and recognition failed to come my way. I would like to have more Oscars than anybody. Meryl Streep must feel pretty good, you know? It must feel nice to know that everyone loves her. It’s about being loved.’

Back in 2015, Val ‘jumped the topgun,’ when he revealed on Facebook that he was offered a role in Top Gun: Maverick.

‘Offered ‪#‎topgun2‬ — not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script…’ he said.

He then added: ‘This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role.

‘I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun…an innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent.’