Angelina Jolie appointed Special Envoy of the UN refugee commissionerListen /
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has been appointed Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Ms. Jolie will work on behalf of High Commissioner Antonio Guterres to facilitate lasting solutions for people displaced by conflict.
The appointment is an expansion of Ms. Jolie's 10 years of service as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and marks the first time that a Goodwill Ambassador has been named to the position.
UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards says it reflects the "exceptional role" Ms. Jolie has performed for the agency:
"During a decade of service as UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Jolie has conducted more than 40 field visits around the world, becoming an expert on the phenomenon of forced displacement and a strong advocate on behalf of these people. In her new role, she's expected to focus on large-scale crises resulting in the mass displacement of people, to undertake advocacy and represent UNHCR and Mr. Guterres at the diplomatic level."
UNHCR said Angelina Jolie has an upcoming field visit and further details will be announced later this week.