Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett has been named as the United Nations’ newest goodwill ambassador.
The Aussie actress has been enlisted to help raise awareness and help in “creating better public understanding and support for refugees.”
“I am deeply proud to take on this role,” Blanchett said in a statement, stressing that “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,” she added.
UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, said that Blanchett “has already demonstrated great commitment to the cause,” having travelled to Jordan ahead of the announcement to meet with Syrian refugee families and hear their stories and experiences first-hand.
According to the UNHCR 60 million people worldwide were displaced from their homes, with more than one third of them living as refugees.
“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?” Blanchett said.
“As a mother, I want my children to go down the compassionate path”.
By Jessica Bosco