Cate Blanchett Named Ambassador for UN Refugee Agency
Oscar winner Cate Blanchett has been appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency. The Carol star has been involved with the organization for the past year, but on Monday, she officially announced her new role within the foundation.
“I am deeply proud to take on this role,” Blanchett said in a statement. “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.” Blanchett, who is a mom of four kids, recently returned from a UNHCR mission trip to Jordan, where she met refugee families displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria. She also met with refugees in Lebanon last year when she heard their first-hand experience about the journeys they took to escape the war in their homeland. Blanchett follows in the footsteps of fellow global goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, who has worked with the UNHCR for years.