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Leonardo DiCaprio Named Messenger of Peace by the United Nations (Updated with Video)

Leonardo DiCaprio, United Nations

The United Nations has named Leonardo DiCaprio with the title Messenger of Peace. He will give a speech on September 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit where he will address climate change, according to an announcement from the U.N.

“It’s an honor to accept the role of U.N. Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community. 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.”

In addition to the U.N. title, DiCaprio will be honored by the Clinton Foundation on September 21 for his environmental work.

DiCaprio is known for his activism for environmental issues. He has previously donated to marine conservation.

Previous recipients of the Messenger of Peace title include George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron and Stevie Wonder.

“United Nations Messengers of Peace/Goodwill Ambassadors are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations,” a statement on the U.N. website reads in explanation of the selection process.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2014 U.N. Climate Summit Speech

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Emma Watson Urges Women To Participate In Politics In Uruguay

Emma Watson, Goodwill AmbassadorEmma Watson, who was recently appointed as a U.N. Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, traveled to Uruguay to bring attention to the need for women to become more involved in politics within their country as an impending election looms. A new law has created a national quota that guarantees 30 percent of the elected representatives will be women.

“Women must have a say in matters that affect their countries, communities and families,” Watson said. “After all, they are half of the population, so women’s equal participation in decision-making is a question of justice and democracy.”

Watson was attending a meeting in the country’s capital city, Montevideo. The meeting was hosted by Cotidiano Mujer, an organization that was the recipient of a grant from the U.N. Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. Watson met with women’s advocates from around the country and listened to their strategies to increase women’s voices throughout different political platforms in Uruguay. As well as women’s advocates, Watson also met with several top government officials, as well as young women politicians. She will also be participating in an event where women’s rights activists will submit signatures calling for an extension of the national quota law. This follows a “Do your bit for the quota” campaign, which was launched in July. Continue reading