Angelina Jolie leaves UN refugee agency after more than 20 years

Angelina Jolie leaves UN refugee agency after more than 20 years

The humanitarian said she will continue working for the cause independently.
17 Dec, 2022

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie will quit her role as a special envoy for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) but will remain a humanitarian activist, the United Nations said on Friday.

Jolie, who has been on more than 60 field assignments during her 21 years with UNHCR, said she wanted to keep working with refugees outside of the global body. “I will continue to do everything in my power in the years to come to support refugees and other displaced people,” Jolie said in a statement announcing her departure.

“After 20 years working within the UN system, I feel it is time for me to work differently, engaging directly with refugees and local organisations, and supporting their advocacy for solutions,” she said. Jolie has been UNHCR special envoy since 2012.

This year, she visited Yemen and Ukraine to meet with displaced people.

The UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi thanked her for her service, commitment and the difference she has made for refugees and people forced to flee.

“After a long and successful time with UNHCR, I appreciate her desire to shift her engagement and support her decision,” Grandi said. “I know the refugee cause will remain close to her heart, and I am certain she will bring the same passion and attention to a wider humanitarian portfolio.”

The UNHCR estimates there have never before been so many people forced from their homes by violence, conflict and persecution. It estimates that more than 100 million people are currently displaced around the world.


Hope786 Dec 17, 2022 11:59am
A great human being.
NYS Dec 17, 2022 01:12pm
No wonder her endeavours towards refugees (more than two decades) will consider positively particularly in all challenging times she reflects Pakistan too... You will be missed collectively... How promising,continuing her efforts as an individual capacity ... Hands down!!!
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 17, 2022 01:35pm
In general, she did an excellent job.
Pak Pashtun Dec 17, 2022 01:35pm
A job well done, time to get some rest, thank you miss Jolie
Anonymouseee Dec 17, 2022 01:50pm
She is indeed a kind soul with a beautiful heart. Thank you for all that you’ve done for the refugees and the displaced the whole world over. We in Pakistan will always love you.
M. Saeed Dec 17, 2022 03:09pm
Highly commendable efforts and best wishes for her further aims as an independent person!
Babu Dec 17, 2022 03:23pm
Good . She needs to take care of Home first.
AZAM AKBAR Dec 17, 2022 07:15pm
Ms. Angelina Jolie, Thanks for your services.
well-wisher Dec 17, 2022 09:06pm
A great humanitarian, Ms. Jolie. BEST TO YOU AND FAMILY.
Syed A. Mateen Dec 17, 2022 10:39pm
After Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie will quit her role as a special envoy for UNHCR, it will be appropriate that Mehwish Hayat, a Pakistan's Bollywood star should replace Angelina Jolie as special envoy for UNHCR which will also help the refugees of flood victims in Pakistan as well as she will also be able to highlight the problems of the refugees in the other parts of the world.
T Dec 18, 2022 06:00am
Salaam oh you beautiful heroin at heart.