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Media Advisory: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie in Pakistan mission

Briefing Notes, 7 September 2010

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 7 September 2010, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, is in Pakistan today and tomorrow, meeting people affected by the floods while highlighting the continuing need for urgent help. Ms. Jolie is visiting as the personal envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. She is travelling to affected communities and meeting people involved in the relief efforts.

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