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Cate Blanchett: ‘I Have Seen Firsthand The Determination Refugees Have To Protect Their Children’

Cate Blanchett: ‘I Have Seen Firsthand The Determination Refugees Have To Protect Their Children’

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopedic surgeon who has pioneered a new prosthetic limb allowing amputees to start walking sooner. It’s helped countless veterans. But in 1999, Munjed was ordered to cut off the ears of people fleeing the army in Baghdad when he was a junior doctor and Saddam Hussein was president.

So he fled Iraq, seeking asylum in Australia. Ten months were spent in detention but soon he was back in a hospital. This time, in Mildura. Today he’s in Sydney with his wife, his daughters and his dog. How far he has come.

Munjed is also one of the many refugees being celebrated by the UNHC’s ‘Human Lives, Human Rights’ campaign as 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first major refugee arrival down under (five young men fled Vietnam and sailed into Darwin Harbour).

You can see their stories here and below, but Australian actress Cate Blanchett wants you to know something about them. They’ve never been more important.

“This campaign comes at an important moment, as more people are displaced globally than ever before,” Blanchett told The Huffington Post Australia.

“As an Australian, I am immensely proud of our refugee history. As this campaign shows, refugees have been welcomed in Australia across many decades, and they in turn have contributed to the richness, diversity and skills base of our nation.

“Importantly, the campaign also reminds us that continued recognition of refugees as human beings and as vulnerable people is fundamental to their protection, and to finding humanitarian solutions to their plight.

“The fundamental human rights of those fleeing war and persecution do not change, regardless of how they are forced to seek safety.”

In September 2015, the Australian government announced a special intake of 12,000 asylum seekers fleeing the Iraq and Syria conflicts (in addition to Australia’s humanitarian program, totalling 13,750). This was increased to 18,750 in total for the 2018-19 financial year.

Blanchett, who is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, has met with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia since she was appointed an ambassador for the UN refugee agency in May.

“I’ve talked with families who have been stuck in limbo for over three years, and seen first-hand how desperately solutions are needed for all those remaining in this precarious situation,” Blanchett said.

“I’ve also met Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and Jordan and the common experience of refugees wherever they are, is the devastation of losing homes, livelihoods and family.

“In the face of such loss I have witnessed the tremendous resilience refugee families display when forced to make the choice to undertake treacherous journeys in order to find safety. I have seen firsthand the determination refugees have to protect their children and loved ones — a determination we would also share if forced to flee.”

Munjed is just one of four refugees to tell their story in the campaign. There is Najeeba Wazefadost, who fled Afghanistan with her parents and now helps refugee women learn English when they arrive down under. There’s Saeid Safavi who fled his business in Iran, and now runs a cafe in the small South Australian town of Port Pirie. And then there’s Tac Tam Lam who was on board the first refugee boat to arrive in Australia 40 years ago. He’s semi-retired in Darwin now, but he’s been busy. There are three generations of the Lam family down under.

So why don’t you see for yourself? Click here.

Via: Huffinton Post

New photos from UNHCR

New photos from UNHCR

Good morning!  A mini update of the gallery: missing photos from Cate’s humanitarian visit in Lebanon (2015) and new behind-the-scenes images from the recording of What They Took With Them, part of the #Withrefugees Campaign. – via UNHCR

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UNHCR unveils new images

UNHCR unveils new images

The UNHCR has published a new image from Cate’s humanitarian trip to Jordan during the past spring.

I’ve also added the screencaptures from the Facebook interview with Chris Hemsworth and the long version of What They Took With Them, and two images from the behind the scenes. Enjoy!

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Cate Blanchett talks to Chris Hemsworth about the refugee crisis and launches new video for the #WithRefugees campaign

Cate Blanchett talks to Chris Hemsworth about the refugee crisis and launches new video for the #WithRefugees campaign

Hi everyone!

On Monday, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett was interviewed by Chris Hemsworth to talk about the refugee crisis and her work with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The interview, live from Queensland/Gold Coast where Cate and Chris are filming the latest Thor movie, is part of the #WithRefugees World Tour live on Facebook, a series of events to support a petition ahead of a major UN summit. During the interview, Cate also answered some questions submitted by viewers and presented the new video, entitled ‘What They Took With Them’, to promote UN Refugee Agency’s #WithRefugees campaign and petition.
Read bellow the public note from UNHCR’s website, published before the event, with additional information and watch the videos. The petition can be sign here >> 


GENEVA – In the moment they flee, refugees cast a last desperate look around their homes and grab a few vital possessions to take into exile.
Highlighting their harrowing choices, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today launched a powerful video, supporting UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign and petition exclusively on the Facebook platform.
The video is based on a rhythmic poem entitled ‘What They Took With Them’ by Jenifer Toksvig, inspired by first person testimony from refugees of items they took with them when they were forced to flee.

“As soon as I read Jenifer Toksvig’s poem, and even more so after I took part in an early performance of it, I was struck by its immense power,” said Blanchett.

“The rhythm and words of the poem echo the frenzy and chaos and terror of suddenly being forced to leave your home, grabbing what little you can carry with you, and fleeing for safety,” she added.

Blanchett performs the poem alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.

“Over 65 million people across the world have been forced to leave everything behind them – everything – and start their lives again from scratch,” Blanchett said. “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, I believe the very least each of us can do is work together to ensure refugees have the basics with which to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live, the ability to work. I hope this film will urge people to go to and sign the petition.”

The video is exclusively released on the Facebook platform. The centre-piece of the UN Refugee Agency’s #WithRefugees campaign is a petition asking governments to ensure all refugee children can go to school, all refugees have a safe place to live and that all refugees can work and contribute to their local community.

It already has nearly 900,000 signatures and will be delivered to the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN General Assembly on Friday September 16 ahead of the historic UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants on September 19.

The film of ‘What They Took With Them’ is also being released on UNHCR’s Facebook page at 09.00 BST on September 12 as part of a ‘Facebook live’ from Australia with Cate Blanchett.

During the broadcast, Blanchett talks about her personal experience of meeting refugees in Lebanon and Jordan with the UN Refugee Agency, and why the #WithRefugees campaign is so critical in the run up to the Summit on Refugees and Migrants. She will also be answering questions related to her work as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador submitted by viewers.

This broadcast will be the first in series of Facebook live events with UNHCR high profile supporters that will sweep across the world encouraging people in every region to sign the #WithRefugees petition, building momentum and support for the campaign in the lead up to the hand-in moment on September 16.

One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian’s photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.

Sign the #WithRefugees petition and see the full version of the film here.

Interview ( Cate Blanchett is standing #WithRefugees )

 Let’s help this important campaign and show Cate that she has more than 3 fans!

What They Took with Them (short version) 


What They Took with Them (full version)



Event Alert: Cate Blanchett joins #WithRefugees World Tour

Event Alert: Cate Blanchett joins #WithRefugees World Tour

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett is the first among a team of supporters to join #WithRefugees World Tour: Live on facebook next Monday, September 12.
To follow this event, tune in to A petition to support the campaign is also open here>>


For additional information, follow the official pages of UNHCR

Twitter >>UN Refugee Agency

Facebook >> UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Official Site >>


Source: Facebook , Twitter

Cate Blanchett to attend the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s Annual Gala

Leonardo DiCaprio invites celebrities to fund climate and biodiversity projects.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced today its third annual gala at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu vineyard in St. Tropez, France on July 20. The major charity event raises funds to protect Earth’s last wild place, implement solutions that restore balance to threatened ecosystems and ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants.

This year’s occasion will be co-hosted by the Oscar-winning actor and noted environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, the foundation’s global chair Milutin Gatsby and chief executive officer Terry Tamminen.

Event chairs include Hollywood A-listers, environmentalists and prominent businessmen and women such as Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Boris Collardi, Philippe Cousteau, Jr., Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton, Caroline Scheufele, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Spacey and Charlize Theron.

via EcoWatch



On May 23th, Cate Blanchett, who serves as global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, attended the Google’s Zeitgeist talks in London. We published two clips hereNow, a full version of Cate’s speech (Portrait of A Generation) has been released by Zeitgeistminds site. Enjoy.


Cate Blanchett to attend “A Night of Hope” at the London Underground

Cate Blanchett to attend “A Night of Hope” at the London Underground

On July 4th Cate Blanchett will attend A Night of Hope, organised by Good Chance and the Quintessentially Foundation, to support theatre in refugees camp.

The gala aims to raise funds to allow Good Chance to return to Calais to re-build in the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and to continue building temporary theatres of hope wherever the need is greatest.

With tickets priced from £60-£495, A Night of Hope features a thrilling line-up of special guests and live performances from some of Good Chance’s biggest supporters, including Cate Blanchett, Toby Jones, Tom Odell, Songhoy Blues and Giles Fraser; auction masters Stephen Daldry and Steve Coogan; alongside more incredible artists from around the world.

via Good Chance

For the tickets click here – Thanks to the chinese fandom for the news!

UNHCR launches #WithRefugees Campaign

UNHCR launches #WithRefugees Campaign

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees celebrates the World Refugee Day, set for June 20th, with the new campaign #WithRefugees, for which Cate Blanchett recorded a message during her humanitarian visit in Jordan. Two different subtitled version have been released so far. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett becomes global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and visit refugees camp in Jordan

Cate Blanchett becomes global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and visit refugees camp in Jordan

This is an amazing news!

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of Academy Award winning actor Cate Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador.

The announcement comes as Blanchett returns from a mission to Jordan to witness the ongoing humanitarian operation for people displaced by the conflict in Syria. She met Syrian refugee families to hear first-hand about the perilous journeys they had undertaken and the daily challenges they face.

“I am deeply proud to take on this role,” Blanchett said in a video interview. “There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity. We are living through an unprecedented crisis, and there must be shared responsibility worldwide. It feels like we’re at a fork in the road, do we go down the compassionate path or do we go down the path of intolerance?”

Blanchett added that, as a mother, she wanted her children to go down the compassionate path: “There’s much more opportunity, there’s much more optimism and there is a solution down that path.”

The actor takes on the role at a time when war, conflict and persecution have forced around 60 million people worldwide to run for their lives, the largest number since World War II. Nearly 20 million of these are refugees and more than half are children.


Two videos from her recent visit in Jordan

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She also recorded an interview for CNN International, the first photos from Twitter

UNHCR – Thank You message (Different version)

The Islamic Museum of Australia released a different version of the “Thank You” message, recorded by Cate Blanchett for UNHCR.

UNHCR – Video message: Thank you for your support

Cate Blanchett recorded a “Thank you” message for the support received in the refugees crisis.

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Cate Blanchett donates her shoes for charity

For the second year in a row, Cate Blanchett donates a pair of her shoes for charity. After the Chloe’s she had worn while shooting Elizabeth, this year she donated the Giorgio Armani’s pale pink pumps she wore during the Robin Hood promotion in Cannes in 2010. You can bid from November 1st at the official site.

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UNHCR supporter Cate Blanchett for The Global Goals

During this last weekend, several celebrities joined the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals Campaign, part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There are 17 Global Goals: Cate Blanchett, as UNHCR supporter, promoted the #16 Goal: Peace, giustice and strong institutions.

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law are important conduits for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances among communities that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

The Sustainable Development Goals aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.

Promoting peace and justice is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An integrated approach is crucial for progress across the multiple goals.

via UNDP

She is also featured in three videos to promote the campaign.

“We the People” for The Global Goals

Refugee or Migrant? #WordsMatter

And #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness

Our supporters Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton have released a radio show with a playlist of songs for the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness. The show was recorded for a global online radio station, Radio Everyone, that will promote the new Sustainable Development Goals, also dubbed the “Global Goals”.

You can hear the songs they selected, along with their reasons for supporting the campaign, by listening to the full radio show here

More info here

The UNHCR Twitter page released few photos for the #IBelong Campaign

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Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton support Global Goals with Radio Everyone

On 25th September at the UN, 193 world leaders will adopt the Global Goals, a series of 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality & injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.

The Global Goals campaign aims to both make the goals famous and to push for their full implementation with the hope of reaching 7 billion people in 7 days with news of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

As 95% of the global population have access to radio, Radio Everyone is calling on radio stations across the globe to be part of this incredible global endeavour which serves as an integral part of the success of the campaign’s ambitious target – to ensure the Goals are world famous and successfully acted upon.

Speaking on Radio Everyone, Richard Curtis said:

“We have gathered an amazing range of extraordinary radio content about the Global Goals and plan to pulse it across the world to everybody on the planet that listens to radio. By getting the Goals into people’s hearts and minds – and ears! – we can inspire the next generation of global citizens to be the first generation that ends extreme poverty, the most determined to tackle inequalities, and the last to live with the effects of climate change.”
Radio Everyone Highlights include:

· The Global Citizen Festival: highlights from the six-hour Global Citizen Festival in New York, headlined by Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Pearl Jam will be shared with broadcast partners in over 60 countries.

· Peter Gabriel: the sound of the station has been composed and performed by Peter Gabriel, accompanied by the Soweto Gospel Choir, and remixed by Benji B.

· Samantha Cristoforetti: fresh from her spell on the International Space Station, the Italian astronaut will present a show, reflecting on what it’s really like to look down on the ‘little blue dot’ that is our planet, whilst sharing a series of musical firsts in space.

· Bono and Christiane Amanpour: will co-host a programme reflecting on their first hand experience of seeing development in action around the globe, through their respective work with ONE and CNN.

· Shows hosted by international public figures including: Jamie Oliver (UK), Paloma Faith (UK), Tom Meighan from Kasabian (UK); UNHCR supporters Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, Cody Simpson (Australia); D’Banj and Ice Prince (Nigeria); G.E.M. (Hong Kong); Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia); Criolo, Gilberto Gil and Lenine(Brazil); Liverpool FC players including Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast); A. R. Rahman and Hrithik Roshan (India); UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh (Malaysia).

· ‘Global Superheroes’ documentary series: Radio Everyone has commissioned a series of seven documentaries, giving a voice to inspirational young people achieving extraordinary things around the globe – ‘Global Superheroes’. They will cover the areas of peace, equality, health, poverty, the planet, water and education and will be narrated by globally renowned voices, including Michelle Yeoh.

· Partner broadcasters have also produced content for the stream: BBC Music have produced a show around musical firsts, presented by Matt Everitt and featuring contributions from Noel Gallagher, Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl. WNYC and PRI have produced a special edition of “The Takeaway” hosted by John Hockenberry, looking at the UN’s Global Goals. Featuring contributions from David Miliband, John McArthur and Catherine Woteki, chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Major broadcasters supporting the project include BBC Music, Bauer Media in the UK, WNYC & Public Radio International in the US, CBC in Canada, ABC in Australia, 92.7 Big FM in India and Deutsche Welle globally.

Radio Everyone is also on track to have a significant presence in a wide range of countries including Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar.

Radio Everyone can be heard on radio stations around the world from the 26th September.

via Radio Info Australia

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