Prominent Supporters

Prominent supporters are the public face of the UN refugee agency. They help promote UNHCR to every corner of the world through their celebrity, influence and hard work.

Special Envoy

Angelina Jolie UNHCR’s Special Envoy

It was while filming “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in war-torn Cambodia that Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie first witnessed the dire conditions faced by refugees.

Working with UNHCR, she began visiting refugees in Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Responding to an emergency appeal from UNHCR, she donated $1 million to the organization, the largest donation UNHCR had ever received from a private individual.

Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in August 2001.

Jolie has been working tirelessly since, meeting with refugees and internally displaced persons in over 30 countries.

In 2003, Jolie released Notes from My Travels, describing her extensive travels to war zones in Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2012, Jolie was named Special Envoy to the UNC High Commissioner, and now represents

UNHCR at the diplomatic level for matters relating to major refugee crises.

She’s is also active in conservation and community development, and is a vocal advocate for causes such as the rights of child immigrants and vulnerable children worldwide, children education, human rights, sexual violence and women rights.

Having received numerous awards in recognition of her humanitarian work, with years of dedicated service to UNHCR and the cause of refugees, Angelina Jolie in April 2012 was appointed as Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

UNHCR Patron

On 24 June 2021, Dr. Lam Kin Chung was appointed a UNHCR Patron, committing to promoting peace, education and culture for refugees and marginalized populations and connecting his global community to support UNHCR’s work.

Dr. Lam Kin Chung has supported these causes personally and professionally for decades. He founded the ‘Lam Kin Chung Morning Sun Charity Fund’ in 1992 to support peace projects through education and culture exchange programmes that span the globe. With “Peace, Education, Culture” as his mission statement, he also supports local NGOs to provide free classes for marginalized populations in Hong Kong.

Dr. Lam has been supporting UNHCR since 2017. A real estate developer in Hong Kong, he has capitalized on his global reach to connect UNHCR with wider communities, such as educational institutions and corporations. Dr. Lam has sponsored Model UN programmes, book publications on United Nations and International Laws and was a Council Member of the United Nations Association of China from 2004 – 2017.

His advocacy for world peace through education was championed by a generous donation in 2020 when he supported access to education for Afghan refugee girls in Pakistan. His support reached over 1,300 children and will have a transformative effect for generations to come. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lam reaffirmed his commitment to bringing about change through his humanitarian work, supporting the Syrian and Afghanistan emergency through matching donations. In 2022, Dr. Lam donated for Ukraine emergency immediately after outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian War.

A devoted Buddhist, he dedicates his time and efforts to help those in need as part of his practice, inspired by his mentor, Daisaku Ikeda, who was awarded a UNHCR Humanitarian Award in 1989.

Dr. Lam currently holds the prestigious titles of John Harvard Fellow from Harvard University in the US, an Honorary Doctorate from Hanoi University in Vietnam, Knight Commander of Rizal under the Republic Act no.646 of the Philippines and Chairman of Hostford Development Ltd in Hong Kong.

His dedication to making a positive impact in the world is summarized best by Dr. Lam himself: “Helping people forced to flee is an important cornerstone for world peace. By giving them hope, lifting them up from suffering, we walk with them to build a bright future.

National Goodwill Ambassador

“I was deeply touched by how the refugees keep their dignity and kindness.” Yao Chen has worked with UNHCR since 2010.

Regional Representation in China

In 1997, the UNHCR office in Beijing became a Regional Office covering Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The Office of UNHCR

UNHCR is governed by the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

UNHCR in Hong Kong

The UNHCR Sub-Office Hong Kong (“SOHK”) reports to the Office in Beijing and covers both the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions.

History of UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.

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