South Sudanese Supermodel Alek Wek appointed UNHCR National Goodwill Ambassador

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has appointed Sudan Sudanese born British Supermodel and former refugee Alek Wek as its newest  National Goodwill Ambassador.

Wek was formally welcomed into the UN family on Sunday in Libreville, Gabon, where she was participating in the New York Forum Africa gathering of Heads of States, entrepreneurs and experts who came together to create a road map of action for development on the continent.

"I am humbled and honored to be presented with the role of UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. It is thrilling to receive this at a conference full of business people and political leaders who are working to increase development, education and healthcare in Africa," said Wek.

The announcement of her official role comes just days before World Refugee Day. This year's theme is '1 family torn apart by war is 1 too many.'

UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassadors are, along with High Commissioner António Guterres, the most recognizable public faces of the UN refugee agency. Alek Wek joins Angelina Jolie and Sophie Lauren who  work with the agency to help bring UNHCR to every corner of the world through their celebrity, popularity, influence, dedication and hard work.

Source:
UNHCR

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