The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has appointed actress Angelina Jolie Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres.
During a decade of service as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie has conducted more than 40 field visits around the world, becoming an expert on the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on behalf of refugees.
"In her new role, she is expected to focus on large-scale crises resulting in the mass displacement of people, to undertake advocacy and represent UNHCR and Guterres at the diplomatic level, engaging with relevant interlocutors on global displacement issues," spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva.
He said Jolie would focus on complex emergencies and work to facilitate lasting solutions for people displaced by conflict. "High Commissioner Guterres is grateful to Ms. Jolie for accepting this role at a critical time in global displacement. Her new status as Special Envoy is effective immediately," he added.