The UN announced on Friday that Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie will resign from her position as a special envoy for the UNHCR but will remain a humanitarian activist.
Jolie, who spent 21 years working for UNHCR and completed more than 60 field assignments, declared she intended to continue helping refugees outside of the international organization.
“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 organizations, and supporting their advocacy for solutions,” she said.
Jolie has served as a special envoy for the UNHCR since 2012. She met displaced people this year in Yemen and Ukraine.
Filippo Grandi, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees, commended her for her dedication, service, and the difference she has made for refugees and those compelled 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.”
According to the UNHCR, there have never been as many people displaced from their homes due to violence, conflict, or persecution. According to the estimate, there are currently more than 100 million displaced persons in the world.