UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie released a new video this week in the run-up to World Refugee Day, which is on June 20.
The 30-second public service announcement, which can be viewed at http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c46d.html, has been co-produced by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and UNHCR. It includes images and video from refugees and other victims of conflict around the world. The video is expected to reach millions of viewers.
In addition to television networks, the video will be transmit to airport monitors at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, which sees about 130,000 travellers daily, and will be shown every three minutes.
Washington's Dulles and Reagan terminals will also display the video on 172 monitors. On the first night that the public service announcement was available on YouTube, it received more than 25,000 views.
Since becoming a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001, Jolie has travelled with the UN refugee agency to more than 20 countries to meet with refugees and field workers. She has hosted public events with key decision-makers to raise awareness among both the international community and general public about refugee issues.
This week, Jolie will be attending events in Washington DC with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres to mark World Refugee Day.
In her new video, Jolie says: "Refugees are the most vulnerable people on Earth. Everyday, they are fighting to survive. They deserve our respect.”
Jolie calls on the public to "remember them on this day".