Around The World
The UN refugee agency is lucky to be able to call on a small group of friends who use their influence and popularity to help spread awareness about UNHCR's work, raise funds for its operations and lobby governments.
They are the refugees' messengers of hope and complement the work of UNHCR's most valuable asset - our national and international staff around the world.
UNHCR celebrity supporters help remind the world of the refugees' suffering while letting them know that they are not forgotten by the world outside. UNHCR's high-profile supporters include royalty, actors, artists, authors, models, musicians, photographers and sports stars.
Angelina Jolie Pitt in April 2012 was appointed as Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. Jolie Pitt previously represented UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador, and in this role she conducted more than 40 field visits around the world, becoming well-versed in the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on their behalf.