Rabat – Amidst the preparations underway for Morocco to host the twenty second Conference of the Parties (COP22), scheduled from November 7 through 18in Marrakech, a list of worldwide celebrities who will participate in the event has been released.
Known for his commitment to the protection of the environment, American actor Leonardo Dicaprio is set to take part in COP 22.
According to one of COP22’s officials quoted by Huffpost Maroc, “Dicaprio was invited by the organizers to present the premiere of his new documentary on climate change entitled “Before the Flood,” in which Dicaprio goes to meet statesmen across the world in order to raise awareness among them about ecology.”
“Climate change is the most critical and urgent problem facing our world today, and it must be a top issue for voters this Election Day,” DiCaprio told the Hollywood Reporter.
American director, producer and environmental activist Robert Redford is also set to attend the 12-day event.
Last year, before COP21 in Paris, Redford paid a visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss a convention to succeed the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas discharges.
Redford is well-known for his devotion to serving the universe. One of his popular quotes is “I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?”
Senegalese-American pop singer Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, will participate in COP 22.
Earlier this year, Morocco’s outgoing Minister of the Environment and COP22 Special Envoy, Hakima El Haite, posted on her Twitter account photos with Akon, confirming his presence at COP 22.
“Akon will be present at COP22 to mobilize youth to fight climate change,” El Haite said.
In 2014, Akon launched a project entitled “Akon Lighting Africa,” seeking to supply electricity and solar powered-equipment for 40 countries in Africa by 2020.
Diego Armando Maradona
Moroccan news outlet Le 360 reported on Monday that former Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona will attend the opening ceremony of the event.
Maradona will also participate in the “gala match” celebrating the 41st Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March on November 6 in Morocco’s Saharan Capital, Laayoune.
Paul David Hewson
Irish Musician and lead singer of the prominent rock band U2, Paul David Hewson, better known as Bono is expected to participate in the festivities of the event.
The musician is well-known as an activistwho has dedicated himself to humanitarianism. He has been called “the face of fusion philanthropy” for tackling substantive global issues such as poverty, AIDS, and environment.
“I was taught that if my opinion was informed, then I had the right to express it and not be afraid who else was in the room,” Bono told CBS News.
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