Angelia Jolie Picks Up Yet Another UN Award To Make The Inept Organisation Look Good
FACE if the week was US actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, hugging Neema Namadamu of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ summit in London.
All noble. And all a bit weird. The UN and Jolie are a roving awards dinner.
This is Jolie, who when she’s not shooting people in Mr And Mrs Smith is the holder of, among other titles, The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Freedom Award, a gong previously awards to the likes of Willy Brandt, Winston Churchill and Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2003, the UN created the U.N. Correspondents Association Citizen of the World Award and gave it to Jolie. In 2005, the UN refugee agency Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie was given the Global Humanitarian Action Award. It was the first of its kind.
Does the UN and its partner agencies make up awards just to get Jolie to turn up for some extempore eating?
It’s celebrity now all that maters? Surely there are scores of others who work tirelessly for the good for humankind who are not awarded in public at a gala dinner?
This is no slight on Jolie. Good for her. She does what she does. This is about the UN, which is painfully aware of its lack of identity that it needs a celeb to sell its mission to the world. This is the UN that professes to fight oppression yet features a Human Rights Council elected by secret ballot, a panel featuring such beacons of democracy and fairness as: China, Cuba, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Venezuela, Ivory Coast, Pakistan Congo and Russia.