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