Thursday, April 19, 2012
UNHCR Elevated The Status Of Julie From Good Will Ambassador To Special Envoy
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday elevated the top Hollywood actress from being a goodwill ambassador to a special envoy, a role that will see her represent the Geneva-based organization to governments and diplomats.
During a decade of service as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie has conducted more than 40 field visits around the world, including Pakistan, becoming an expert on the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on behalf of refugees. It is the first time the UN refugee agency has named a special envoy, said its spokesman Adrian Edwards. Elsewhere in the global body such posts are usually reserved for career diplomats or retired politicians.
“Her work does go substantially beyond what we would typically see as being the normal role of a goodwill ambassador,” Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “I don’t think you need a rocket scientist to see the benefits that she is bringing in terms of the attention that she is getting for the plight of the worlds displaced.”