Jolie Promotes Importance of U.N.

Angelina Jolie is arguably the most famous human rights activist, and has brought international attention to the plight of refugees through her work. In this interview with Anderson Cooper, Jolie uses her celebrity to advocate the U.N.

Jolie, who has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees since 2001, believes that the U.N. is usually only perceived in a negative light. This is the same opinion that got U.N. under-secretary Mark Malloch-Brown in hot water a few weeks ago.

Jolie makes this case:

"You don't hear on a daily basis the amount of people that are kept alive or protected by the U.N., and if that list was plastered everywhere then people be in shock and have a little respect."
While Jolie admits that the U.N. isn't perfect and does need reform, she stresses its overwhelming importance.
"It's the closest thing we've got to a real international institution that listens to all sides, represents all sides, and can make certain kinds of decisions."

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