Leonardo DiCaprio to Address World Leaders at UN Climate Summit

Sep 16, 2014 at 10:35 am |
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SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE - JULY 23: In this handout provided by the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, Leonardo Dicaprio speaks onstage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Inaugurational Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images For LDC Foundation)

SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE – JULY 23: In this handout provided by the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, Leonardo Dicaprio speaks onstage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Inaugurational Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France.
(Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images For LDC Foundation)

UNITED NATIONS, September 16, 2014 (AFP) – Leonardo DiCaprio will address world leaders at a UN climate summit next week as the new “UN messenger of peace” with focus on climate change, the UN chief said Tuesday.

The star of the hit films Titanic and The Wolf of Wall Street has been vocal on the need for action on global warming through his “Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.”

“I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history — it is a moment for action,” DiCaprio said in a statement.

“How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.”

More than 120 leaders are due to attend the summit on Tuesday that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes will energize negotiations on reaching a deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The summit will set the stage for a crucial conference in Paris in December 2015 aimed at finalizing an agreement.

“Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify his message,” Ban said.

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Leonardo DiCaprio will address world leaders at a UN climate summit next week.