Sec John Kerry’s granddaughter steals the show from global leaders as they sign UN climate change agreement in New York
Kerry carried his 2-year-old granddaughter Isabel in his arms while he signed the landmark Paris agreement
The Secretary of State, who signed on behalf of the United States, then gave her an adorable smooch on the cheek
Isabel was one of 197 children present at the event to represent the countries that had adopted the agreement
DiCaprio, a UN Messenger of Peace, called for leaders to take ‘bold, unprecedented action’ in his speech
Leonardo DiCaprio and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quickly turned up the heat at the UN as they appeared in New York for the signing ceremony of the Paris agreement on climate change on Friday. But in the end it was John Kerry’s granddaughter that warmed hearts across the globe.
History may have been made today with the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change, but it was John Kerry’s granddaughter who stole the show. The Secretary of State carried the 2-year-old in his arms as he walked up to sign the agreement on behalf of the United States.
The Secretary of State carried the 2-year-old in his arms as he signed the landmark agreement on behalf of the United State
Isabel Dobbs-Higginson watched with curiosity as her grandfather signed the book that would soon contain 171 names The adorable toddler’s mother is Kerry’s oldest daughter, named Alexandra. Kerry also has a younger granddaughter named Livia
DiCaprio called on the delegates to make ‘bold, unprecedented action’ and go above and beyond the Paris promises
After scribbling his name, Kerry gave his granddaughter, named Isabel Dobbs-Higginson, a sweet smooch on the cheek.
Isabel was one of 197 children present at the event to represent the countries that had adopted the agreement, according to USA Today.
‘These young people are our future,’ said UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ‘Today is a day for our children and grandchildren and all generations to come.’
Kerry and Trudeau were just two of the leaders from 171 countries that congregated at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan on Earth Day to sign the landmark agreement.
‘When enough people come out and make their voices heard, when they turn their policy into a voting issue, when they work together toward the same real goal, then measurable change is possible,” Kerry said during his remarks to the delegates.
‘Today, as we think of the hard work ahead, I am reminded of Nelson Mandela’s very simple words: ‘It always seems impossible until it is done.’ While it isn’t done yet, today we are on the march.’
The day has already set a record for international diplomacy. Never have so many countries signed an agreement on the first available day.
States that don’t sign Friday have a year to do so.
‘We are in a race against time,’ Ban Ki-moon told the gathering. ‘The era of consumption without consequences is over.’
‘The poor and most vulnerable must not suffer further from a problem they did not create.’
Many now expect the climate agreement to enter into force long before the original deadline of 2020. Some say it could happen this year.