Pitt pledges $5M to a New Orleans project, while Jolie attends an event at the U.N.

Updated December 01, 2020 06:17 PM
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are making the most of their time in New York: The high-wattage couple have packed their schedules for Wednesday, meeting with diplomatic and financial leaders to promote various causes.

The first stop of the day… The Clinton Global Initiative, where Pitt asked for support for his Make It Right program. He’s partnering with billionaire Steve Bing on the project, which plans to build 150 affordable – and environmentally sustainable – homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. Pitt and Bing have each promised to match donations pledged during the initiative up to $5 million.

“These people will not be beaten,” Pitt said at the luncheon. “In the past year, we’ve been meeting with the community, building their trust … We need your help.”

In the afternoon… Jolie attended a press conference with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guteres, to talk about a new campaign, Nine Million, aimed at improving education for refugee children around the world.

Then in the evening… Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, spoke at a session focused on education for children in war-torn areas such as Darfur and Iraq.

“These are the children who most need a safe place to learn, a place to heal, a place to learn reconciliation, and a place to just be children,” said Jolie, who is the co-chair of the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. “Some think we should only provide emergency relief to children in conflict … They say education is not life-saving. All of us here today would beg to differ.”

The busy day of high-powered goodwill work is hardly unusual – Pitt is already working with Global Green to create environmentally friendly housing in New Orleans, while Jolie has done extensive work in her role at the United Nations.

In was also announced Tuesday that Jolie would meet with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in New York to discuss global diplomacy.

And if that’s not enough, Pitt’s doing a little acting, too: He’s filming Burn After Reading, which costars his pal George Clooney.

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