Monday 24 October 2016

Cate Blanchett highlights plight of refugees in role as UN goodwill ambassador

Published 02/05/2016 | 21:36

Cate Blanchett is working for the UN as a goodwill ambassador
Cate Blanchett is working for the UN as a goodwill ambassador

Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett has been appointed an United Nations goodwill ambassador.

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The United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) made the announcement as the Hollywood star returned from a mission to Jordan where she witnessed the ongoing humanitarian operation for people displaced by the conflict in Syria.

While there she met Syrian refugee families to hear first-hand about the perilous journeys they had undertaken and their daily plight.

Blanchett said: "I am deeply proud to take on this role. There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity. We are living through an unprecedented crisis, and there must be shared responsibility worldwide.

"It feels like we're at a fork in the road, do we go down the compassionate path or do we go down the path of intolerance? As a mother, I want my children to go down the compassionate path.

"There's much more opportunity, there's much more optimism and there is a solution down that path."

Prior to her appointment, Blanchett worked closely with UNHCR for more than a year to raise awareness about the forcibly displaced.

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