The Most Powerful UN Speech…Wasn’t From a Celebrity

Sep 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm |

Over the past few days we have heard speeches from Emma Watson on gender equality and Leonardo DiCaprio on climate change, and yes they were both incredibly powerful and made an impact on us all. We actually applaud them for that.

But what happens when a non-celebrity speaks? Will they get the same attention as the famous?

Marshallese poet, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner was selected out of 500 applicants to represent the civil society at the UN Climate Leaders Summit in New York City. She delivered her speech with perfection. But it is the second part of her address that moves the room to tears, and then standing ovation.

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We have heard UN speeches from Emma Watson and Leonardo DiCaprio…but what happens when a non-celebrity stands up to speak?