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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jolie Promoted from Goodwill Ambassador to Special Envoy for the UN

Angelina Jolie has become one of the Highest Diplomatic Officials in the World

Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (photo: Reuters)
GENEVA (AP) – After a decade of promoting refugee causes around the world, Angelina Jolie herself has been promoted.

The United Nations refugee agency has elevated the Hollywood star from being a goodwill ambassador to a special envoy, a role that will see her represent the organization to governments and diplomats.

It is the first time the U.N. refugee agency has named a special envoy, said its spokesman Adrian Edwards. Elsewhere in the global body such posts are usually reserved for career diplomats or retired politicians.

"Her work does go substantially beyond what we would typically see as being the normal role of a goodwill ambassador," Edwards told reporters in Geneva. "I don't think you need a rocket scientist to see the benefits that she is bringing in terms of the attention that she is getting for the plight of the world's displaced."

Jolie has jetted the world on behalf of the organization over the past ten years, making high-profile visits to refugee camps in Iraq, Haiti and Pakistan, among other places.

Apart from her time, Jolie has also given large personal donations to the organization, which relies entirely on voluntary contributions from governments, companies and individuals.

"She has donated substantially to refugees," said Edwards, noting that the actress/director won't receive any money for her role. "There is to my knowledge absolutely no connection between any donation of money and this role."

Jolie's new position will focus on the complex crises that result in the mass displacement of people, such as in Afghanistan and Somalia. In addition, on special occasions she will represent the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.

"That can mean conveying messages to governments. It can mean conveying messages to other people and partners that we work with," said Edwards.

UNHCR works to help almost 35 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. It was established to aid millions of Europeans displaced by World War II and has since become one of the world's most prominent humanitarian organizations.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Model Veronica Varekova becomes a Goodwill Ambassador for the African Wildlife Foundation

Veronica Varekova, Ambassador of Goodwill

New York, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The African Wildlife Foundation [AWF] announced today that supermodel Veronica Varekova, who has been featured in campaigns for Sports Illustrated and Victoria's Secret, has been named one of the first AWF Goodwill Ambassadors. Veronica will aid in efforts to raise awareness and funds to support initiatives focused on conserving large landscapes, protecting endangered species, and empowering local communities working in AWF's nine African Heartlands; these vast areas of land are essential to conservation due to an unmatched concentration of wildlife and potential to sustain viable populations for the future.

"I made frequent trips to Africa growing up and quickly fell in love with the continent," Veronica commented. "On my last trip, I was able to experience AWF's work and accomplishments firsthand, which made me realize how much I wanted to be involved with this Foundation and help raise their profile in the US I truly respect and value their mission, philosophy, work ethic, and am excited to get on the ground to begin my work."

As one of her first projects, Veronica will travel to Rwanda in late October to liaise with conservationists working in the forested habitat surrounding the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. This community-owned lodge was created as part of AWF's Conservation Enterprise program; it provides the community with economic incentives to conserve their lands and treat wildlife not as a threat to their livelihoods, but as a boon to their prosperity.

Another newly appointed AWF Goodwill Ambassador and good friend, Ben Stein, will join Veronica in the hopes to secure a meeting with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to show appreciation for his country's work in supporting the conservation efforts of AWF.

"We could not be more thrilled to have Veronica involved with the African Wildlife Foundation," noted Craig Sholley, Vice-President for Philanthropy and Marketing for AWF. "Veronica shares our belief that protecting Africa's wildlife and landscapes is the key to the future economic prosperity of Africa and its people. We are confident that her passion for our mission will create additional awareness of our work."

For more information, please visit the African Wildlife Foundation website:

About African Wildlife Foundation

For nearly 50 years the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), together with the people of Africa, has worked to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. AWF is the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa. AWF believes protecting Africa's wildlife and wild landscapes is the key to the future prosperity of Africa and its people.

AWF and Veronica are both Active in Social Media

On Facebook the African Wildlife Foundation operates an interactive program where you and your Facebook friends cab join them there.

Group Description: We are all about Africa. Join our group if you think Africa's incredible wildlife and wild lands - and the people who depend on them - are worth fighting for. The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.

We believe that protecting Africa's wildlife and wild landscapes is the key to the future prosperity of Africa and its people - and for over forty-five years we have made it our work to help ensure that Africa's wild resources endure.

Become a fan of Model and Ambassador Veronica Varekova on Facebook too where she maintains her Official Fan Page to interact with those who follow her work.

SOURCE African Wildlife Foundation

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