Angelina Jolie appointed special envoy of UNHCR chief
GENEVA, April 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie will take on a new and expanded role for UNHCR as Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres.
During a decade of service as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie has conducted more than 40 field visits around the world, becoming an expert on the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on behalf of refugees.
“In her new role, she is expected to focus on large-scale crises resulting in the mass displacement of people, to undertake advocacy and represent UNHCR and Guterres at the diplomatic level, engaging with relevant interlocutors on global displacement issues,” spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva.
He said Jolie would focus on complex emergencies and work to facilitate lasting solutions for people displaced by conflict. “High Commissioner Guterres is grateful to Ms. Jolie for accepting this role at a critical time in global displacement. Her new status as Special Envoy is effective immediately,” he added.
Page 2 of 11
UNHCR: Ukraine, other conflicts push forcibly displaced total over 100 million for first time23 May 2022
Figure must ‘serve as a wake-up call’ for more action to promote peace and address all causes of forced displacement, says UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi
UNHCR lauds Philippines’ accession to 1961 statelessness convention28 Mar 2022
In a historic move, the Philippines has taken a major step towards eradicating statelessness in the country by acceding to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, becoming the 78th country to do so. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, commends the strong commitment of the government of the Philippines to […]
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie arrives in Yemen to meet those affected by conflict6 Mar 2022
UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie arrives in Yemen today on a visit to help draw attention to the catastrophic consequences of the seven-year conflict on the people of Yemen. She will be visiting Yemeni families, including displaced families and refugees, to hear directly from them how the conflict has ripped their […]
UNHCR Leading Women Fund, a life-changing network of female entrepreneurs committed to supporting refugee women around the world, comes to Thailand4 Mar 2022
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched the Leading Women Fund (LWF) in Thailand with Mrs. Waewwan Gunnanthorn, CEO of Rosegold Thailand to establish a women-led community to support refugee women. The donation, collected via annual membership fee, will be directly delivered as cash assistance to Syrian refugee women who are […]
News Comment: 1 million refugees have fled Ukraine in a week3 Mar 2022
This Statement is attributed to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
Statement on the situation in Ukraine attributed to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi25 Feb 2022
We are gravely concerned about the fast-deteriorating situation and ongoing military action in Ukraine. The humanitarian consequences on civilian populations will be devastating. There are no winners in war, but countless lives will be torn apart. We have already seen reports of casualties and people starting to flee their homes […]
Jordan issues record number of work permits to Syrian refugees8 Feb 2022
Country is at forefront of global efforts to give both refugees and host communities access to decent work
UNHCR encourages adoption of measures to improve wellbeing and safety of newly arrived Myanmar refugees in Thailand20 Jan 2022
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today expressed its continued encouragement and support for the adoption of measures to improve the wellbeing and safety of Myanmar refugees who have been arriving in Thailand since mid-December. According to official sources, over 9,500 civilians had been forced to flee their homes in Kayin […]
UNHCR advocates for efforts to assist newly arrived Myanmar refugees in Thailand and emphasizes humanitarian and protection needs22 Dec 2021
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today emphasized the need for urgent protection and assistance for refugees who have fled intensified fighting in and near Lay Kay Kaw, Kayin State, Myanmar, and who have crossed into Thailand. UNHCR, together with partners, reiterates to the Royal Thai Government its readiness to provide […]
UNHCR, the Refugee Agency is aware of protests sparked in Mae La refugee camp15 Dec 2021
“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is aware of protests sparked in Mae La refugee camp with some unfortunate heightened tensions and damage to some assets last night. We encourage all parties to establish a peaceful dialogue to address the concerns of refugees. It would appear the protest comes in light […]