Category: Goodwill Ambassador

Attends meeting with UN Secretary General

This afternoon Thursday, September 14, Angelina participated in a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. We don’t know what the meeting was about but they posed for photos and went in to a private meeting afterwards.

Event honoring the victims of the Srebrenica genocide

Angelina sent a video message at an event honoring the victims of the Srebrenica genocide on July 11, 2017 in Guildhalls, London, UK. Read part of the speech below as well as the video and some photos has been added to the gallery.

“With them we are. We must never forget. Wherever that hatred does not dispute, violence is only a few steps,” she stressed. Anyone who has visited BiH know that Bosnians tolerant and humane people, warm and open heart, with a wonderful sense of humor. In addition, they are strong, extremely resistant people who have endured genocide and ethnic cleansing and other Defiance spirit, and everything else around them in ruins. Bosnians do not complain. They are humble people. They do not ask for special treatment or attention.

Every year, many victims await identification. Today, on the anniversary of the genocide, are still fresh graves in the cemetery in Potocari. When I think of Srebrenica imagine green hills and wide valley. My mind is turning towards Sarajevo, cafes and cobbled streets of the old town , with the cathedral, minarets and a synagogue. it’s still hard to believe that genocide could happen on European soil, a few hours away from European capitals, throughout our lives. the lesson is that violence in various forms quickly appear if the hatred, intolerance and aggression does not prevent it. And unfortunately, none of these things does not belong to the past. they are deeply rooted in human nature. they are in contradiction of all that pleased in democratic societie.”

Angelina attends “Dreams Of Freedom” event in London

Angelina attended the “Dreams Of Freedom” event yesterday on June 26th in London, England. She screened a video message to all the kids at the event. Below you can view photos from the video and also read parts of her speech.

She acts as UNHCR Special Envoy and harnesses her global fame in Hollywood to help child refugees in war torn countries of the world.

And actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie, 42, has spoken up at a performance by more than 600 children as part of a project between world human rights organisation Amnesty International and Chickenshed Theatre.

Held at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night, the event saw the beauty urge schoolchildren to fight for universal human rights for children all over the world.

Angelina shared her message via a video clip which was played out to the audience.

‘Children, I need you,’ she said. ‘We all need you. We adults, we are a little lost these days, we want you to think that we have it all under control, that it will all be fine. And it will be,’ she began.

‘The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; it’s like your secret book of laws. And if you can master it, no one can trick you, or your friends. And you can take those laws and rights and go head on with those adults who won’t listen.

‘With the power of not only what is right and fair, but what is law, you can fight back. And as you grow up, you will have the tools to protect yourselves and to defend others.

‘It means you can grow up to be citizens who together can complete the work that my generation will leave unfinished and fight for universal human rights for all children.’

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Angelina visits Kenya for the World Refugee Day 2017

Angelina traveled with her kids to Nairobi, Kenya yesterday and today she was seen holding a speech at the World Refugee Day 2017 and also meeting up with organisations and a meeting with Somali Special Envoy Nuur Mohamud Sheekh.

She looks very happy and lovely in the photos and it’s nice to get to see some new photos.

This is was UNHCR official page posts about the event and also includes some quotes from Angelina’s speech and you can view part of the speech in this video:

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi.

Ms. Jolie met around 20 refugee girls, who are unaccompanied or separated from their parents and are now living in the Heshima Kenya Safe House and participating in a Girls’ Empowerment Programme.

The girls have fled extreme violence or persecution in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, and Rwanda. Almost all have suffered sexual and gender-based violence, robbing them of their childhoods. Many have given birth after being raped, or are pregnant. They told the Special Envoy about their personal stories and their lives today.

Angelina Jolie said:

“Over half of all refugees and displaced people worldwide are women and children. How we treat them is a measure of our humanity as nations. On World Refugee day my only ask is that people consider the pain and suffering of young girls like these. Not only have they had to flee extreme violence or persecution, lost everything and witnessed the death of family members, but they have also had to face so much abuse and intolerance and hardship. They are doing their best to carry on, with minimal support trying to live lives on dignity against impossible odds. It was an honour to spend the day with them.”
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Renews UNHCR contract, says ‘I’m with you for life’

Angelina signed new contract for UNHCR and will continue doing as much as she can to help others. Article and photos below from when she was at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on March 15.

During a visit to the UN Refugee Agency’s headquarters in Geneva, Jolie urged staff to step forward and ‘say who we are and who we fight for and work even harder.’

Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today reaffirmed her commitment to refugees worldwide, telling staff at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency: “I am with you for life.”

Jolie visited UNHCR headquarters during a one-day trip to Geneva, speaking to hundreds of staff members assembled in the atrium.

“This is like coming home. I was first here 16 years ago and had no idea what was ahead of me. I am sure many of you sometimes feel the same way.”

In the years she has worked with UNHCR, Jolie noted that the number of people driven from their homes by wars and persecution had surged to 65 million from 22 million, presenting a challenge to the world and in particular the UN Refugee Agency.

“You have more people under your care, you have more to be concerned with, you have more to do, and you have less support, and I can’t imagine how hard it must be for you sometimes coming to work every day,” Jolie said.

The rise in displacement comes at a moment when lasting solutions to the conflicts and other situations driving displacement remain elusive.

“And, I know, many days you must feel, when you read the news, when you do your work, when you go into the field, ‘are we doing enough? Will we ever be able to do enough? Will we ever be able to get on top of this situation?’”

“Probably like most field officers, I know you think more about those you couldn’t help, than all those you have helped. But know there’s a reason why I’m so proud to be with UNHCR, because the work you do, and what you do in the field, and the lives you help to save and the people you help to get through their days … makes all the difference.”

Speaking of the many challenges facing UNHCR and the broader humanitarian community, Jolie urged staff to “really step forward and say who we are and who we fight for and work even harder. So I am with you, not just for my contract, I am with you for life. You can’t walk away once you’ve joined UNHCR.”

The Special Envoy recounted an anecdote about visits to the field, talking with UNHCR staff over drinks or dinner, when the conversation inevitably turns to policies or refugees. “You can’t shake it. It’s who you become. So we stand here as family and I am with you.”

She concluded, saying simply: “I hope I represent you as best I can in all your work, and I will continue to.”

During her visit to UNHCR, Jolie met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, to renew the agreement for her as a UNHCR Special Envoy.

She also was also delivering the annual lecture for the Sergio Vieira de Mello foundation, which honours the memory and work of the UNHCR staff member and diplomat, who was killed in Iraq in 2003 when the United Nations office in Baghdad was bombed by terrorists.