"We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has arisen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent," the actress said Friday

By Jacqueline Andriakos
April 24, 2015 11:40 AM
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Angelina Jolie, an active humanitarian and special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, participated in a U.N. Security Council meeting to brief world powers on the Syrian refugee crisis Friday.

The actress-director, 39, headlined the day of briefings to plead for greater support and humanitarian access for the refugee crisis, which has seen nearly four million Syrians flee to neighboring countries over the past four years, according to CBC News.

“We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has arisen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world’s inability to protect and defend the innocent,” Jolie said, also adding that she has witnessed the crisis herself more than 10 times during her visits to the region.

Syria’s ambassador said of her involvement in the discussion, “She’s beautiful.”

The Unbroken director joined Executive Director of the World Food Program Ertharin Cousin and United States U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power at the briefing, who together called upon the world to take action to pull refugees out of “limbo.”

The Oscar winner, who was promoted to special envoy in 2012, has traveled extensively for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as part of multiple missions to countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon.

Her previous UNHCR title was goodwill ambassador, which she held for more than a decade.

“I’d like to be on convoys returning people home and not constantly seeing people as they cross borders away from their homes. That’s all too common,” Jolie told PEOPLE in November of her hopes for future UNHCR efforts.

“[I have] visited people over and over in the last decade. I’ve been to some camps four times – people just haven’t moved,” she said. “It makes me very angry.”

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