ANGELINA JOLIE URGES REFUGEE SUPPORT
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[ March 4th 2005 ]

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has called on business and political leaders to use their influence to keep refugee issues at the top of the international agenda. The Oscar-winning actress was speaking in support of the UN refugee agency's Deputy High Commissioner, Wendy Chamberlin, who has announced the formation of a Council of Business Leaders – an initiative intended to boost UNHCR's efforts to address the plight of innocent people forced to flee their homes.

"If there's been one positive thing to come out of the immense tragedy of the tsunami, it is the amazing response by people and organizations across the world," said Ms. Jolie, who has worked for refugees over the past four years in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe.

"Everyone was horrified, and so many have tried to do their bit to help out," she added. "What we need now is for this momentum, and this generosity, to be translated into a sustained effort to help solve some of the world's other neglected crises, like the desperate situation in Chad and Sudan."

UNHCR's Council of Business Leaders, set up by U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers, consists of top executives from five major corporations that are working together with the refugee agency to improve opportunities for refugees: Merck & Co, Inc., Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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