Angelina Jolie is not only an American actress, but a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency. She recently said, in a speech in Geneva, that there is currently a ‘re-emergence‘ in the United States of policies that encourage fear and hatred of other cultures and that this is all masquerading as populism. Her speech took place at a ceremony that was honoring Sergio Vieira de Mello, a United Nations envoy to Iraq that died in a bomb attack on Baghdad in 2003.
She didn’t mention President Trump at all in her speech and also did not mention concerns that the U.S. will cut it’s funding for the United Nations during the course of all of their budget cuts.
From Page Six:
Saying she was speaking as a “proud American” and “an internationalist,” Jolie said some politicians were elected “partly on the basis of dismissing international institutions and agreements.” She didn’t mention President Donald Trump, amid concerns that the U.S. administration could cut crucial funding for the United Nations.
“We have to recognize the damage we do when we undermine the U.N., or use it selectively, or not at all,” Jolie said. She said “there is not a single humanitarian appeal anywhere in the world that is funded by even by half of what is required.” Jolie addressed a ceremony honoring Sergio Vieira de Mello, the U.N. envoy to Iraq who died in a 2003 bombing attack in Baghdad, and cited his faith in the institution despite its shortcomings.
“The U.N. is an imperfect organization because we are imperfect. It is not separate from us,” she said, adding that de Mello believed it should be “more decisive, less bureaucratic,” but “he never said it was pointless and he never threw in the towel.”