Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie will give up her position as a particular envoy for the UN refugee company (UNHCR) however will stay a humanitarian activist, the United Nations stated on Friday.
Jolie, who has been on greater than 60 subject assignments throughout her 21 years with UNHCR, stated she wished to maintain working with refugees outdoors of the worldwide physique. “I will continue to do everything in my power in the years to come to support refugees and other displaced people,” Jolie stated in an announcement saying her departure.
“After 20 years working within the UN system, I feel it is time for me to work differently, engaging directly with refugees and local organisations, and supporting their advocacy for solutions,” she stated. Jolie has been UNHCR particular envoy since 2012.
This yr, she visited Yemen and Ukraine to satisfy with displaced folks.
The UN excessive commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi thanked her for her service, dedication and the distinction she has made for refugees and folks pressured to flee.
“After a long and successful time with UNHCR, I appreciate her desire to shift her engagement and support her decision,” Grandi stated. “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.”
The UNHCR estimates there have by no means earlier than been so many individuals pressured from their properties by violence, battle and persecution. It estimates that greater than 100 million persons are presently displaced around the globe.