Angelina Jolie has a date with a doctor – noted economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs – for a trip to Kenya to deal with issues of poverty and to inspire young people to take action.
Their journey is being documented for a Sept. 14 MTV special, The Diary Of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, the music cable network has announced.
The 30-minute program will follow the actress and Sachs on their trip to Sauri, a remote group of villages in Western Kenya. There, Sachs’s United Nations Millennium Project team is working with mothers, children, teachers, health workers and village elders to end poverty, hunger and disease, MTV says in its statement.
The special’s airdate will coincide with the opening of the U.N. Special Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, which in 2000 were adopted by nearly 200 world leaders to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by 2015.
“We are at a unique threshold in human history, where the crisis we face in Africa is matched only by our degree of hope that we can and will be a force for positive change,” Jolie, 30, says in a statement. “I’m certain the stories in this special will inspire viewers the same way these experiences have inspired me, and I’m hopeful that increased awareness of the issues in Africa will bring about a new wave of progress and activism among young people everywhere.”
Since 2001 Jolie has been a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador and a leading advocate in the fight against the poverty that affects more than one billion people worldwide. She has also adopted two children from distressed areas she has visited in her ambassador role: son Maddox, from Cambodia, and, more recently, daughter Zahara Marley, an AIDS orphan from Ethiopia.
Sachs, who is special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, adds: “For the first time in history, we have the technology and know-how to actually end extreme poverty, and Sauri is a perfect illustration of exactly how the fight can be won.”