Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was appointed as United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. He was appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 16 September 2014.
Leonardo will join the other 11 UN Messengers of Peace and one Goodwill Ambassador who have been advocating on behalf of the UN on a variety of priority issues for the organisation. As a Messenger of Peace he will address the UN Climate Change Summit in the US on 23 September 2014.
About UN Messengers of Peace
UN Messengers of Peace are individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the Organization’s ideals and activities.
Through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, they expand public understanding of how the United Nations helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.
Some of the UN Messengers of Peace along with DiCaprio are George Clooney, Edward Norton and pianist Lang Lang.
About Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo is a Hollywood actor and an environmental activist. He established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 with the mission to protect the planet's last wild places and implementing solutions to build a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.
He had won two Golden Globe Awards for The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street as Best Actor.
When: 16 September 2014