Leonardo DiCaprio Asked to Step Down from Climate Change UN Role
Leonardo DiCaprio’s role as UN Messenger of Peace, focussed on climate change, could be in jeopardy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Swiss charity Bruno Manser Funds has condemned DiCaprio’s potential involvement in a Malaysian money laundering scandal, and offered him an ultimatum:
“If DiCaprio is unwilling to come clean, we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role,” said Lukas Straumann, director of the charity, which has a special focus on deforestation. The charity explained that either DiCaprio renounce ties to Riza Aziz, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s stepson, and return money he’d received from him, or cease his activism with the UN.
“We can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption,” Straumann continued.
DiCaprio has reportedly received laundered money from 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund and potentially the center of the world’s largest embezzlement scandal, in connection with his film The Wolf of Wall Street, and been using said money in his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, aimed at reducing deforestation around the world.