UN names DiCaprio a Messenger of Peace

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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013 file photo, American actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for a portrait, in New York. The United Nations has named Leonardo DiCaprio a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, calling DiCaprio “a credible voice in the environmental movement.” He also invited the actor to the upcoming UN Climate Summit planned for September 23. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE - JULY 23: Leonardo DiCaprio speaks on stage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)
SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE - JULY 23: In this handout provided by the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, (L-R) Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono attend the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images For LDC Foundation)
Gisele Bundchen and Leonardo DiCaprio in a cultural exhange visit the Xingu Indians of the Amazon Rainforest. The Xingu Indians are in great danger due to environmental problems, including mercury poisoning in their rivers. (Photo by Ronnie Taylor/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the Cinema For Peace inaugural Cannes dinner honoring Sean Penn for his charity work in Haiti and benefiting his J/P Hatian Relief Organization at the Carlton Hotel on May 18, 2011 in Cannes, France. The event is sponsored by Salus Alpha, Giorgio Armani and Maybach and hosted by philanthropist Ella Krasner, Oliver Prock and Cinema for Peace founder Jaka Bizilj, Giorgio Armani and Maybach. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Leonardo DiCaprio attends TAG Heuer Celebrates A Night Under The Stars With Ambassador Cameron Diaz To Launch Limited-Edition LINK And Benefit UN Women And New York Cares' Sandy Relief Effort on November 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images for TAG Heuer)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 15: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage during the Annual Cinema For Peace Gala during day five of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt on February 15, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Der Schauspieler Leonardo DiCaprio nimmt am Montag, 9. Februar 2009, in Berlin an der Benefiz-Gala "Cinema for Peace" teil. Die jaehrliche Wohltaetigkeitsveranstaltung findet im Rande der 59. Internationalen Filmfestspiele statt. (AP Photo/Jens Kalaene, pool) ---US actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the charity gala "Cinema for Peace" at the Berlinale in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. The 59th International Film Festival Berlin takes place in the German capital from Feb. 5 until Feb. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Jens Kalaene, pool)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio walks onstage to speak at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with US actor Leonardo DiCaprio on November 23, 2010 after a concert to mark the International Tiger Conservation Forum at the Mikhailovsky theater in Saint Petersburg. The summit received a high-profile boost earlier when it emerged that DiCaprio pledged one million US dollars to save tigers. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI POOL/ ALEXEY DRUZHININ (Photo credit should read ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
In this image released by Hope for Haiti Now, actor Leonardo Dicaprio works the phone bank at the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief", on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Davis/Hope for Haiti Now)
LIVE EARTH: THE CONCERTS FOR A CLIMATE IN CRISIS -- New York -- Pictured: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio on July 7, 2007 -- Live Earth is a music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people to raise awareness about global warming. With 24 hours of music across 7 continents and performances by more than 150 of the world's top musicians (Photo by Ali Paige Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with US actor Leonardo DiCaprio on November 23, 2010 at a concert to mark the International Tiger Conservation Forum at the Mikhailovsky theater in Saint Petersburg. The summit received a high-profile boost earlier when it emerged that DiCaprio pledged one million US dollars to save tigers. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI POOL/ ALEXEY DRUZHININ (Photo credit should read ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Leonardo DiCaprio gives a speech at the start of the 11th Hour auction at Christie's in New York, May 13, 2013. The 11th Hour auction is dedicated to protect the last wild places on earth and endangered species, with funds raised at the auction going to conservation projects selected by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation aimed at protecting key ocean and land based ecosystems and engage local communities to protect their natural resources. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Duand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
LIVE EARTH: THE CONCERTS FOR A CLIMATE IN CRISIS -- New York -- Pictured: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio on July 7, 2007 -- Live Earth is a music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people to raise awareness about global warming. With 24 hours of music across 7 continents and performances by more than 150 of the world's top musicians (Photo by Ali Paige Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
**FILE** Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at a news conference called by Global Green USA in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 22, 2005. DiCaprio has started production on "11th Hour," a feature-length film that explores global warming and offers solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems, publicist Keleigh Thomas said Monday, Dec. 5, 2005. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Secretary of State John Kerry talks with actor Leonardo DiCaprio after they both spoke at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE - JULY 23: In this handout provided by the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, (L-R) Leonardo DiCaprio, Julian Lennon and Bono appear on stage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images For LDC Foundation)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. DiCaprio urged the public to "adopt an environmental lifestyle," including buying hybrid gas-electric cars, and demanded action by politicians to fund additional clean energy research. The NRDC is sponsoring a free concert by the Rolling Stones in Los Angeles on Thursday night, to raise awareness of global warming. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Declare Yourself 'Hollywood Celebrates Democracy' event on March 2. Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to energize and empower a new movement of young voters to participate in the 2004, www.DeclareYourself.com (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
US actor Leonardo Di Caprio (C-in white) walks amongst tourists on the boardwalk of the Boulders Table Mountain National Park between Simon's Town and Cape Point on July 4, 2010. The park is frequently visited by tourists wanting to see the thriving colonies of African penguins. AFP PHOTO / Pierre-Philippe Marcou (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
FILE - This May 15, 2013 file photo shows actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call for "The Great Gatsby" at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to work with its government on protecting the tiger population of Nepal. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: President & CEO of TAG Heuer Jean-Christophe Babin, Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio attend TAG Heuer Celebrates A Night Under The Stars With Ambassador Cameron Diaz To Launch Limited-Edition LINK And Benefit UN Women And New York Cares' Sandy Relief Effort on November 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images for TAG Heuer)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 13: National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle and Leonardo DiCaprio attend a screening of the Netflix documentary 'Mission Blue' hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio on August 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
US Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends a press conference as part of a promotion for the first 'green' credit card in Hong Kong on March 22, 2008. DiCaprio was to host the Hong Kong premiere of his documentary 'The 11th Hour' that looks at the state of global environment issues. AFP PHOTO/Andrew Ross (Photo credit should read ANDREW ROSS/AFP/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio during Global Green USA Releases Climate Change Report, Calls on President Bush to Attend Upcoming Earth Summit In South Africa at Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Leonardo DiCaprio during NRDC Presents The Rolling Stones in a Free Concert to Fight Global Warming - Arrivals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Tom Hanks wave at the fans during the comedy show "Earth to America" in Las Vegas, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005. The two-hour show, which is to raise awareness of global warming, will air on TBS on Sunday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 07: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Former Vice President Al Gore backstage at Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey ***EXCLUSIVE*** (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE - JULY 23: Leonardo Dicaprio (R) 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/French Select/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 07: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio appears onstage during Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mat Szwajkos/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
Leonardo DiCaprio during Global Green USA Releases Climate Change Report, Calls on President Bush to Attend Upcoming Earth Summit In South Africa at Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks to a tablemate during a plenary luncheon during the Clinton Global Initiative Summit Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 in New York City. Organizers of the Clinton Global Initiative say they expect financial commitments from participants to surpass $500 million, that would go toward more than 100 initiatives that tackle key global problems. (AP Photo/Clinton Global Initiative, Stephen Chernin)
Leonardo DiCaprio during Global Green USA Releases Climate Change Report, Calls on President Bush to Attend Upcoming Earth Summit In South Africa at Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 12: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio signs a letter to U.S. President George Bush at the Rock The Earth Summit Party on August 12, 2002 in Hollywood, California. The event, hosted by Global Green USA, the U.S. branch of Green Cross International, helped raise awareness about the upcoming Earth Summit in South Africa. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Leonadro DiCaprio at the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum
Leonardo DiCaprio, recipient of Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award, signing letter to Congress for America's independence from use of oil and fossil fuels during the Global Green USA Honors Recipients of Seventh Annual Green Cross Mille
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio walks onstage to speak at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The United Nations has named Leonardo DiCaprio a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement Tuesday, calling DiCaprio "a credible voice in the environmental movement." He also invited the actor to the upcoming UN Climate Summit planned for September 23.

DiCaprio said he was honored by the role and that he feels "a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history" about the threat of climate change.

Messengers of Peace are selected from the arts, music, literature and sports. They agree to help bring attention to UN work. Previous actors named to the honor include George Clooney, Edward Norton and Charlize Theron.

The 39-year-old "Wolf of Wall Street" star founded an environmental foundation in 1998.

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