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[ January 31st 2005 ]

United Nations ambassador Angelina Jolie has used this year's World Economic Forum to criticize celebrities playing the aid card without necessarily arming themselves with adequate information and long-term strategies to make a sustained difference at tackling the many issues being negotiated by world leaders. "Celebrities have a responsibility to know absolutely what they're talking about, and to be in it for the long run," she told onlookers during a keynote speech in Davos.

Since early 2001, the renowned American actress has travelled the world with UNHCR to help refugees and raise awareness to the plights of those suffering in Darfur. She has worked with field staff and met with refugees in over 15 countries and reportedly donates a third of her earnings from Hollywood blockbusters such as Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow to good causes.

Speaking in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Jolie says becoming an advocate for humanitarian issues has helped redefine her role within the international community and strengthened her resolve to use her public profile to raise awareness in regions otherwise ignored by mainstream media. "Just being an actress doesn't help me sleep well at night. When I do something for other people, then I feel my life has value."

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