US actor Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace

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American actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been appointed as the newest UN Messenger for Peace, with a special focus on climate change issues.

The UN Secretary-General made the announcement during a briefing ahead of a Climate change summit he is convening in New York next week.

DiCaprio established a foundation in 1998 with the mission to protect the Earth's last wild places and to build a harmonious relationship between humans and nature.

Mr Ban Ki-moon said DiCaprio was the "new voice" for the United Nations' climate advocacy efforts.

"Leonardo DiCaprio is not just one of the world's leading actors. He has also long-standing commitment to environmental causes including through his foundation. Today, I am appointing him as our newest United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change issues. His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge."  (27'')

DiCaprio is also expected to address the opening of the Climate Summit on 23 September.

World leaders from government, finance, business and civil society will travel to New York to discuss actions that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience.

It's also hoped that the leaders will help mobilize political will for a meaningful global climate agreement in 2015.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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