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Angelina Jolie defends UN, decries 'tide of nationalism'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/15/2017
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, listens, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, listens, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

GENEVA (AP) — Angelina Jolie has made a strong defense of the United Nations, saying the world body, as "imperfect" as it is, needs reform but also support.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, listens, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, listens, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

The American actress and special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency decried a "rising tide of nationalism masquerading as populism, and the re-emergence of policies encouraging fear and hatred of others" during a speech at the U.N. in Geneva on Wednesday.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, smiles during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, smiles during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Saying she was speaking as a "proud American" and "an internationalist," Jolie said some politicians were elected "partly on the basis of dismissing international institutions and agreements."

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, smiles during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, smiles during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

She didn't mention U.S. President Donald Trump.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, left, sits next to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Italian Filippo Grandi, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, left, sits next to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Italian Filippo Grandi, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Jolie addressed a ceremony honoring Sergio Vieira de Mello, the U.N. envoy to Iraq who died in a 2003 bombing attack in Baghdad.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, left, sits next to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Italian Filippo Grandi, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, left, sits next to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Italian Filippo Grandi, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador American actress Angelina Jolie, during The annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
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