Jolie mulling new role with UN refugee agency

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 23:29

Geneva: Angelina Jolie says she`s considering
taking on a new and expanded role with the UN refugee agency
for which she already serves as goodwill ambassador.

The actress told reporters today that she and the agency
are still studying their options and working out the details,
but haven`t settled on anything because they want to get it
right.

Jolie stopped by the UN`s European headquarters to
highlight the plight of refugees globally in an address to the
agency`s executive committee.

She told diplomats and officials with the agency known as
UNHCR that her work for them has been "moving, sometimes
heartbreaking, but always rewarding, and unforgettable."

Her speech about refugees everywhere from Somalia to
Afghanistan drew widespread applause.

"They are the most vulnerable people in the world, and
they are also the most resilient people in the world," the
actress told UN diplomats and officials.

"Refugees are survivors, they are mothers and daughters
and fathers and sons, they are all extraordinary people who
have a remarkable story that tells of strength in the face of
great loss," she said.

"They need our help more than ever."

Jolie also recalled the killing of UN staff in
Afghanistan and Nigeria and said "we must demand a great
respect for the concepts of independence, impartiality and
neutrality in order to ensure the safety and lives of
humanitarian workers."

She said she hoped increasing budget constraints among UN
donor nations would not prevent them from continuing to open
their wallets to the world`s most vulnerable.

Yesterday, she was in Geneva to be recognised for her
work and to honour a Yemeni aid group, the Society for
Humanitarian Solidarity, at UNHCR`s annual awards ceremony.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 23:29

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