Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest discovery of a different kind of star maker — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
As a result, the Titanic actor is no longer a private advocate for the environment but its celebrity endorser, complete with the title of UN Messenger of Peace.
DiCaprio joins a high-powered cast of Ban emissaries that include Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, primatologist Jane Goodall and conductor Daniel Barenboim, according to the Associated Press.
His focus will be on climate change issues to which he brings “a longstanding commitment to environmental causes”, Ban was quoted as saying.
“His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge.”
Ban said DiCaprio’s first official act will be to address a climate summit next Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting, expected to be attended by which 120 world leaders.
The summit aims to promote commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions and pave the way for a global climate agreement in 2015.
DiCaprio established a foundation in 1998 with a mission to promote the planet’s last wild places and build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.
In a statement, DiCaprio said he feels “a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history… it is a moment for action”.
DiCaprio gained international fame for his role in Titanic.
He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and won Golden Globes for his performance in Aviator and The Wolf Of Wall Street.
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