Ben Stiller to Advocate for Refugees as UN Goodwill Ambassador
Actor Ben Stiller was named by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, as a Goodwill Ambassador on Monday.
The appointment was announced after a recent trip with UNHCR to Guatemala, where he met with people who were forced to flee their homes because of violence.
With Jonathan, an unaccompanied child who traveled from Honduras by himself to Guatemala. He was fleeing violence and forced to go on his own. This shelter, funded by @refugees is a loving and safe environment for children separated from their parents, either by deportations at the US or Mexican border, sex trafficking, or children who have been abused and have no one. Here they receive counseling, food, shelter. And most of all a family with each other. Children should never be separated from their parents. The trauma is huge, as we all know. For some reunification is possible, for others it is not. Places like this are the only stop gap from these kids being lost. The energy here is amazing and the kids, despite going through incredible hardship, are so full of life and joy and incredible charm. It was the highlight of our trip. #withrefugees
Stiller will be advocating on behalf of refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador.
“With over 68 million displaced people around the world today, there has never been a more compelling reason or greater urgency to show solidarity and support for refugees. I for one will do what I can as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, to advocate for refugees and encourage others to join me,” said Stiller in a statement by the organization.
Although this is Stiller’s first time being appointed as an UN ambassador, the Zoolander star has been supporting the UNHCR publicly since 2016, according to KTLA. He also previously traveled to Germany and Jordan to support a UN campaign called #withrefugees.
“I’m not exactly sure what my credentials are as a Goodwill Ambassador or who approved it, but somehow I got approved,” said the comedian jokingly in one of his Instagram posts.
He also added that he’s honored to advocate for the millions fleeing from violence and persecution.
Other celebrities, such as Cate Blanchett, Emma Watson, Nicole Kidman, sports star David Beckham, and Princess Diana have also served as Goodwill Ambassadors.