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Angelina Jolie To Step Down As UN Refugee Agency Special Envoy

Oscar-winning US actress Angelina Jolie to step down as UN Refugee Agency Special Envoy and will be engaging “on a broader set of humanitarian and human rights issues. The 47-year-old Hollywood actress has participated in more than 60 UNHCR field missions, bringing attention to the plight of millions of people who have been displaced from their homes over the last two decades.

Tyrese Griffin
Dec 19, 202272 Shares1124 Views
Oscar-winning US actress Angelina Jolie to step down as UN Refugee Agency Special Envoy and will be engaging “on a broader set of humanitarian and human rights issues.
The 47-year-old Hollywood actress has participated in more than 60 UNHCR field missions, bringing attention to the plight of millions of people who have been displaced from their homes over the last two decades. According to UNHCR, she is one of the most powerful advocates for refugee rights.
The Oscar-winning American actress has been a UNHCR special envoy since 2012. She recently traveled to Yemen and Burkina Faso with UNHCR to meet with displaced people in two of the world's most underfunded emergencies.

Angelina Jolie Steps Down From UN

Angelina Jolie steps down as the UN's refugee agency ambassador

Angelina Jolie has resigned from her position at the United Nations. The actress had been a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for more than 20 years, but she announced her resignation to focus on work with those "directly affected" by conflict.
I am stepping down today from my work with the UN Refugee Agency. I believe in many things the UN does, particularly the lives it saves through emergency relief. UNHCR is full of amazing people making a difference in people’s lives every day. Refugees are the people I admire most in the world and I am dedicated to working with them for the rest of my life. I will be working now with organizations led by people most directly affected by conflict, that give the greatest voice to them.- Angelina Jolie
The 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' actress, who has Maddox, 21, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, and 14-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox with her ex-husband Brad Pitt, added that she is "grateful" for the opportunities the UN has provided her over the years but believes it is time to seek "different" humanitarian work.
I am grateful for the privilege and opportunity I have had to work with so many outstanding and dedicated UNHCR field officers and other colleagues doing lifesaving work globally, and to serve as Special Envoy. I will continue to do everything in my power in the years to come to support refugees and other displaced people. After 20 years working within the UN system, I feel it is time for me to work differently, engaging directly with refugees and local organizations, and supporting their advocacy for solutions.- Angelina Jolie

UNHCR Statement

Angelina Jolie is stepping down from her role as UNHCR's Special Envoy after more than 20 years of dedicated and committed work advocating for the rights and protection of forcibly displaced people around the world.
Ms. Jolie, one of the most vocal supporters of refugee rights, will continue to work to create a more equal, just, and inclusive international system.
She intends to work more directly with local organizations and engage with a broader range of actors on a broader set of humanitarian issues at a time when the world is facing complex, multi-faceted, and interconnected crises. Her portfolio will continue to include refugees and forced displacement issues.
Angelina Jolie has been an important humanitarian partner of UNHCR for a very long. We are grateful for her decades of service, her commitment, and the difference she has made for refugees and people forced to flee. After a long and successful time with UNHCR, I appreciate her desire to shift her engagement and support her decision. I know the refugee cause will remain close to her heart, and I am certain she will bring the same passion and attention to a wider humanitarian portfolio. I look forward to our continued friendship.- UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

Conclusion

The UNHCR and Jolie acknowledged her decades of service and dedication to the refugee cause in a joint statement issued on Friday. Her recent field missions to Yemen and Burkina Faso, where she met with displaced people and heard stories of suffering as well as hope and resilience, were also highlighted in the statement.
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