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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Angelina leads World Refugee Day Campaign

Angelina leads World Refugee Day CampaignIn the past 18 months, the UNHCR has faced one of the busiest periods of its history, with crisis after crisis keeping the agency at full stretch, but over the next week staff across the globe will take time to commemorate World Refugee Day and the millions they help.
The focus for UNHCR this year will be in Brazil, where High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres will be spending World Refugee Day (June 20) in Rio de Janeiro at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
UNHCR will start marking World Refugee Day by rolling out a striking new campaign, “Dilemmas,” which is a development of the award-winning “1” campaign launched last year. “Dilemmas” depicts some of the tough choices facing refugees, helping the public to empathize with, and understand, their dilemma.
The new campaign is being supported in special TV spots by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and other celebrities, including UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors Barbara Hendricks, Julien Clerc and Osvaldo Laport as well as Chinese actress Yao Chen, author Khaled Hosseini, Colombian rock star Juanes and Italian actress Fiorella Mannoia. UNHCR has also developed a free smartphone app, a role playing game called “My Life as a Refugee,” to support the campaign on various digital platforms around the world.

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