Angelina Jolie's Most Inspiring Moments

On her 40th birthday, look back at how the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has helped others over the years


After spending nearly a decade working as a goodwill ambassador for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Jolie Pitt was appointed as a Special Envoy of UNHCR António Guterres in 2012. The actress's travels have taken her everywhere from Iraq and Jordan to Syria, Afghanistan and beyond, where she's met with those displaced by conflict and advocated on their behalf. "I believe in what the UN has always stood for," she told National Geographic, "equality and the protection of human rights for all people." In 2013, her volunteer work earned her an honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.