Cate Blanchett has been named the newest goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, recently visiting Jordan to meet families affected by the conflict in Syria.
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The actress, 46, joins fellow actress Angelina Jolie, who also works with the agency in a similar role. During her time in the Arab Kingdom of Jordan, Cate spoke with people who had been displaced from Syria, and has since insisted we all have a responsibility to engage with the migration crisis.
In a statement she said: "I am deeply proud to take this role. There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity."
A short video from Cate's trip was uploaded to the official United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) YouTube account, which shows her learning the migrants' stories – some of whom were determined to complete their studies despite what they've been through.
"It feels like we're at a fork in the road," Cate muses in the video. "Do we go down the compassionate path, or do we go down the path of intolerance. As a mother, I want my children to go down the compassionate path."
Cate has been working closely with UNHCR for more than a year, and previously visited Lebanon to meet with people who are not recognised as a citizen of any country, also known as stateless.
Filippo Grandi, UNHCR chief, said: "[Cate] has already demonstrated commitment to the cause and we look forward to seeing her inspire many more people in her new role. Never has there been a greater need to build these bridges."