The American actress Angelina Jolie has decided to leave her position as Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This was learned from a statement on the organization’s website.
Jolie will now be involved in “a broader range of humanitarian and human rights issues, as well as working directly with local organizations.” She will continue to focus on refugee issues.
UNHCR has been working with the actress since 2001, and Jolie was named a Special Envoy in 2012. As the organization notes, she “used her powerful voice to raise awareness and support for refugees and called for urgent action.” In all that time, Jolie has been on more than 60 missions: she recently visited Yemen and Burkina Faso.
“I am grateful for the privilege and opportunity to work with so many outstanding and dedicated UNHCR staff and other life-saving colleagues around the world, and for the honor of being a Special Envoy. In the years to come, I will continue to do everything in my power to support refugees. After 20 years in the UN system, I feel it is time to do things differently, to get directly involved with refugees and local organizations,” Jolie shared.
Earlier it became known that Angelina Jolie will play a major role in the next film directed by Pablo Larrain, known for the films “Jackie” with Natalie Portman and “Spencer” with Kristen Stewart. She will again film a biographical drama, this time about the opera singer Maria Callas.