Angelina Jolie celebrates UNHCR’s 60th anniversary in Spain


While in Spain on her “Velvets of the World” tour, Angelina Jolie stopped by the UNHCR headquarters in Madrid to celebrate the UNHCR’s 60 anniversary. The above photo is from her visit – the dude she’s sitting with is Jesus Vasquez, some Spanish “presenter”. He’s cute. Anyway, she released a statement too!

MADRID, Spain, December 17 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors Angelina Jolie and Jesús Vázquez met in Spain this week and paid tribute to the staff of the refugee agency on its 60th birthday and to the people they help.

“In the week of UNHCR’s anniversary, I would like to highlight the strength and courage of the world’s refugees and [other] forcibly displaced people who are, for all of us, an example of generosity and dignity,” Jolie said during a visit Thursday to UNHCR’s Madrid office. “My thoughts go also to the dedicated UNHCR staff, who for many years have risked their lives to protect the lives of refugees.”

Award-winning actress Jolie was in Madrid to promote her latest film, “The Tourist,” and took the opportunity to meet UNHCR staff and discuss Spain’s asylum system, mixed migration flows into the country, resettlement and other important issues. She also heard about plans for the anniversary year.

Jolie met Vázquez, a popular TV presenter in Spain, and shared with him some of her experiences as a goodwill ambassador over the past decade. Since becoming a goodwill ambassador in 2006, Vázquez has been actively supporting awareness and fund-raising activities in Spain on behalf of refugees, including a charity art auction on Wednesday in Madrid.

UNHCR turned 60 on Tuesday. It was founded on December 14, 1950 to help Europeans displaced during World War II and was only expected to be in existence for three years. Today, it works around the world, helps millions of people and has an open-ended mandate.

[From The UNHCR Press Release]

Good for her. I’ve been wondering why we hadn’t seen any UNHCR stuff from Jolie during The Tourist’s promotional tour. Usually she schedules refugee activities side-by-side with film promotion.

In other Jolie-Pitt news, there’s a rumor going around that she and Brad are going to get married on Valentine’s Day in India. Apparently, some Indian guru has agreed to bless their union…?

[Angelina and Brad] are apparently heading to India for their vows on Valentine’s Day. A temple in Northwest India will be where the two have their vows and will be blessed by spiritual leader Guru Gurudev Ramlalji Siyag. The Guru has known the couple since 2005.

A source told the Hindustan times, “They’ve been practicing his Siddha yoga and they start and end the day by chanting a sacred word he’s given them. It’s transformed their relationship they’ve both cut back on drinking and no longer argue.”

[From Starpulse]

I thought Aniston got “yoga” in the divorce? But yes, this report is crap.

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16: Angelina Jolie attends The Tourist premiere at Palacio de los Deportes on December 16, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend The Tourist premiere at Palacio de los Deportes on December 16, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Photo by: OG/SevenPix/ 2010  12/16/10 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the premiere of The Tourist . (Madrid, Spain)  Photo via Newscom

Asistieron sus protagonistas: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Deep y el director Florian Henckel Von Dooners MarckAttended by its stars: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and director Florian Henckel von Marck Dooners  Photo via Newscom

Header photo courtesy of the UNHCR.

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  1. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Wow 60 years thats amazing. I hope they continue to work hard on behalf of all the people who are displaced and suffering injustices. I think Angie looks adorable with her ponytail and outfit.

    Angie mentioned once that Yoga is something she has done because they do it in Cambodia I think. Of course her oldest child is from Cambodia. She mentioned that once in an interview. I don’t really buy that marriage thing though.

  2. Cheyenne says:

    Jesús Vásquez es una monada! (Translation: Yes, he is cute!)

  3. leuce7 says:

    That top and skirt look rather horrid together. Though I like the top. Brad’s looking better lately, but are those the leather pants again? I wish they’d invest in a stylist. But I guess they’re beautiful enough to not have to.

  4. hatuh says:

    Why does he keep dressing like that?!!

  5. Stephie says:

    “I thought Aniston got “yoga” in the divorce?”

    Heheh,good one!

  6. Cheyenne says:

    Those Indian gossip rags are worse than the Brits.

  7. Tomas says:

    Her PR team in overdrive, again…

  8. hopeso says:

    No one elso does good as beautiful as her.

  9. Cheyenne says:

    @Tomas: She doesn’t have a PR team. She has a manager but no publicist.

  10. LololoL says:

    Brad’s wearing a lot of makeup lately. LoL also, is face just looks weird to me. I saw other pix from the premiere and Angelina looks bored and like she would rather be anywhere else and brad acting like it’s one of his premieres. LoL didn’t even see pix of Depp or the director.

  11. teri says:

    Is it nine or ten years now for Angelina helping out?

  12. Anon73 says:

    i think face-to-waist : Angelina looks gorgeous. great hair, makeup, love the tank on her.

    waist-down though, not digging the skirt. it looks really frumpy actually. i think a different skirt or maybe even those black silk pants she wore recently would have looked better. IMHO ; )

  13. Kim says:

    AJ joined UNHCR in 2001 FYI she doesn’t have an agent or publicist. Someone asked her about yoga she said she tried it but hasn’t down it in years. Another rumor claims they are getting married New Years Day.At least the break up rumors have stopped for a few weeks.

  14. Jeri says:

    Whether they ever marry or not, it seems as if lawyers would have to be involoved in the event of a separation because of the children. Issues of custody, visitation, support and inheritance to start with.

  15. Runs with Scissors says:

    People are always screeching about how skinny she is, she looks perfectly healthy to me.

    And I LOVE the fact that she didn’t get the usual H-wood tummy tuck after the twins were born.

    She doesn’t seem to be obsessed with her looks, and from the way she dresses, she obviously doesn’t give a flying fig about fashion! She just seems beyond it somehow.

    I don’t think they’re getting married, I think to them, they are married.

  16. Roxanne75 says:

    Can I throw up now…getting a tad bit sick of seeing her EVERYWHERE like she is a mother theresa…ugh, just be a mother to your herd of children and shut up already.

  17. Solveig says:

    “I’ve been wondering why we hadn’t seen any UNHCR stuff from Jolie during The Tourist’s promotional tour.”
    Wasn’t she in Rome to help and comfort the italians who are victims of Berlusconi’s fascism since 1994?
    It sounds like a joke, but seriously, fascism is all around, y’all!
    Spain has the most gorgeous Jesùs(es) in the world! Google Jesus Navas (whom I proposed for the HGF once).

  18. junk573r says:

    I’ve seen a LOT of pictures of this specific premier (wherever it is, I don’t really care to scroll back up) and I don’t know if it’s because they don’t have their mouths open or what but they remind me of Ken and Barbie dolls. They look like wax statues.

  19. Cheyenne says:

    @Roxanne: Who held a gun to your head and forced you to click on this thread?

  20. jane16 says:

    Our 16 yo son went to see the Tourist last nite with a group of teens. He told us it was terrible, and that Angie & Johnny both look “really old, way older than you guys”! We’re rethinking spending theater money on it now. If a movie loving teenager, who has practicallly worshipped Johnny Depp his whole life thinks its bad, it must be bad.

  21. nnn says:

    # Jane

    Your son may worshipped Johnny Depp but don’t forget that Depp outside the Pirates and the Burton flicks has never EVER been embraced that much by his own fans in other type of movies he did. Figures don’t lie.

    The roles people mostly love to see him play are roles where he is ALWAYS in costumes and with lots of makeup…so it may be one of the reason why your son suddenly discovered him as being old, sans heavy make up…which he is after all…he is nearly 50 !

    He is one of the most typecasted actor out there with 8 Burton flicks during the past 20 years, which means he does it on an average of 2 and a half years alongside burton’s wife Bonham.

    At least he tried to do something different this time but again, people don’t like him when he play normal folks whatever the critics of the movie. They just dig that much NORMAL Depp, they prefer ORIGINAL Depp.

  22. Hakura says:

    I’m sure this promotional traveling all over the world has been rough on Angelina & Brad this time around. She’s in another country every few days, I can understand why she hasn’t had the energy to do this thing on top of it.

    But I respect her for being able to take some time for it. =) And I’m really not a big fan of her. But I can’t outright ‘dislike’ her anymore, either.

  23. original kate says:

    i never really got the brad hotness, except for “fight club” where he was insanely dirty-sexy. he is aging really weirdly. angelina always looks pretty (the woman has great bone structure, no?) but she is a tad waxy. botox? starvation? i don’t know. i’m kind of sick of both of them.

  24. Cyui says:

    So Angie talked to La trash Ryan Seacrest on the radio. Watching her in intvs recently she seems she’s more… I dont want to say comfortable …but more relaxed…more open to show another side of her personality. Other than the mother earth nurturing side. The humorous side. I think she wants to do lighter movies…one her kids can actually watch. I mean apparently the Tourist is a romantic comedy. Something she hasn’t done in a long time.

  25. citysuede says:

    Has anyone else noticed in the pictures of her with Billy Bob, that she actually seems like a human (albiet a little trashy) rather than a a stick figure with a rod in her back? Also, am getting a bit of a preggers vibe from the skirt…with the side note that i’m positive that i have never looked this good.

  26. Steph2585 says:

    Are hs boots ACTUALLY attached to his pants??

  27. Kiska says:

    @ #15 I agree with you. She does’t seem pre-occupied with wearing the lastest thing. I think she dresses for comfort. It is kind of refreshing to see.

  28. liser says:

    whats up with all of jolies outfits as of late? they are weird combos of textures always paired with black something …yuck

  29. Hakura says:

    @Original Kate (#23)- For me, Brad with a a beard just isn’t working… I miss being able to see that lovely jaw-line. She has been looking a bit ‘waxy’.

    And I know what you mean. They’ve just been *everywhere* lately for the movie promo. It’s just WAY too much, time for a break from them.

  30. REALIST says:

    Whoa, don’t know about the rest of that dress, but that’s quite a top!
    Contrast that to her low key, appropriate (albeit a bit casual, but this isn’t a conference) attire at UNHCR.
    I bet when she looks back at her life, second only to her family (which started with Maddox, and his adoption was inspired by her exposure to international causes), she will look back and be proud of the work she has done for the UN and other international causes.

  31. REALIST says:

    Thought-they WILL get married. You know why?-at some point, the kids will insist on it. Being the loving and responsive parents they are, they will respond as instructed, especially if Empress Zahara demands it.

    Brad is hot for Angie still-have you noticed that he shows up at almost all her premieres? Good for them-having a Brady Bunch family doesn’t have to dampen your sex life.

  32. Kim says:

    I’m still puzzled why a teenage boy would go see the Tourist. Didn’t he see the trailer.I hope his teenage female friends went with him.There were groups of teenage girls when I went but they seem to be focused on the clothes more than anything.

  33. fwozbo says:

    Dec.18th – Happy Birthday Brad Pitt and my husband. (hhhmmm which one to choose…..)

  34. anon says:

    Kim: “I’m still puzzled why a teenage boy would go see the Tourist”

    He’s of age, it sort of starts at the age (having an opinion about everything) (16/17) good for him for already having an opinion, he probably also understands that things he finds terrible others may not, young people can be so cool and fair; of course they look old (both leads) could be his parents (Angie and Johnny could easily have a 16 yr old child, they just don’t :-) )
    “He told us it was terrible, and that Angie & Johnny both look “really old, way older than you guys”!” :-)

  35. Glee says:

    Merry Christmas to the Jolie-Pitt clan i hope they have a merry christmas and a happy wherever their plans and the miles take them..BRAD, ANGIE you rock!!!!! LOVE YOU GUYS.

  36. Cheyenne says:

    @anon: I remember when my son was 16. At that age, everybody over 30 is ancient.

  37. lisa says:

    I’m such a fan of this woman. She has been involved for close to 11 years.

    Hope she and her family have a wonderful holiday.

  38. Camille says:

    Weird/stupid outfits aside, they make a truly stunning couple, just gorgeous together. They seem to fit together perfectly and make sense together, much more than Brad or AJ ever did with either of their past partners. They really define ‘Hollywood golden couple’ or whatever stupid name was given to BP and his ex (who never, ever looked right together IMHO).

    And I agree 100% with you @Runs with Scissors. She doesn’t look scary skinny to me *shrug*.

  39. anneesezz says:

    I have a friend who works for UNICEF and he told me that lots of celebrities do work for their charities, but most of them don’t use it for a photo-op. It’s nice that she does it but the good publicity doesn’t hurt.

  40. nnn says:

    UNICEF is a branch of the UN for children rights based in Paris.

    Nothing to do with the branch Jolie is in which is the refugees in conflicts. Jolie Top boss was Sergio Viera De Mello who was killed at the beginning of the conflict in Irak.

    Her branch has more political involvment in it since it deals with International justice Court, politicians, armies, foreign officies in sometimes more volatile environment like ungoing wartorn country.

    They are plenty of singers, actresses, princesses from all over the world appointed as UN Goodwill ambassadors whose headquarters is in new-York. Brabara Hendricks is one of them. Jessica Lange was one of the first to report about the Congo and the victims of rapr. Liya Kebede is very active as a UN Goodwill ambassador in her homeland, Ethiopia.

    Jolie is one of the few who is sent in the most dangerous placelike Irak or Afganhistant, ir at some point, on Liberia.

    They don’t need to use a photo op as put it because nobody including you care about them wether about their life or humanitarian deeds. They speak often, have their picture taken during their meetings and UN representation by UN appointed photographer, but nobody including you are interested in them, hence no tab or photograph will be interested in channeling those photos on a magazine since it won’t sell.

  41. anon says:

    @Cheyenne: so true :-)

    @Camille: “And I agree 100% with you @Runs with Scissors. She doesn’t look scary skinny to me *shrug*”

    I have seen her in person and have one or two very thin friends (one we call bama lama boney legs :-) ) Also so many people in our country (US) are eating more and exercising less so there seem to be few effortlessly thin people around. I am not calling U.S. folks fat but it seems to me that people in general are bigger than 40 years ago, even if the sizes of clothes have smaller numbers now :-)

  42. la chica says:

    i watched Mr and Mrs Smith again this weekend. what incredible chemistry. Maniston really didn’t have a chance. lol.

  43. JenJen says:

    Damn, time to sleep it off. No wonder she looks beyond her years.

  44. JenJen says:

    LMAO,does Brad do yoga in his leathers? India,why bother? Somebody is scared of something,maybe that he will take her money? I have always guessed he was forking all the donations. Once a bitch, always a bitch. Believe what u want people.

  45. Cheyenne says:

    @JenJen: Mind those three fingers pointing back at you.