20 February 2017


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of internationally acclaimed author Neil Gaiman as a global Goodwill Ambassador. 

The announcement comes after three years of close cooperation between Gaiman and UNHCR to raise awareness about the plight of forcibly displaced people and to generate much-needed funds.

On the occasion of his appointment, Gaiman will be live ‘in conversation’ with TV/Radio presenter and talk show host, Jonathan Ross, on UNHCR’s global Facebook feed today (20 February) at 16.30 GMT.  Gaiman will discuss why he supports refugees and UNHCR, and take questions from viewers. 

"I am deeply honoured to take on this role with UNHCR", said Gaiman. “There has never been a more important time to stand in solidarity with refugees.  I’ve had the privilege of travelling with UNHCR to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees.  In amongst the horror and the nightmares, there were many small and glorious stories of survival and hope, resilience and dignity.  If anyone could have the conversations I had, if only everyone could sit and speak to refugees, face to face, they would see that we really are the same, that we really are part of one family.  And, at its best, a family does all it can to support each other.”

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said: “Goodwill Ambassadors play an important role in creating better public understanding and support for refugees. Neil Gaiman has been a strong advocate of UNHCR and the refugee cause over a number of years and I am delighted to see him joining us as a Goodwill Ambassador.”

Gaiman had been working closely with UNHCR since 2013.  He has championed UNHCR’s work through media interviews and via his social media channels.  As well as travelling to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees, he has supported several fundraising initiatives and UNHCR campaigns and events, including #WithRefugees, the #IBelong campaign to end statelessness, World Refugee Day and the Nansen Refugee Award.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Neil Gaiman with children at a playgroup in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan.

Image © UNHCR/Jordi Matas

Neil Gaiman is not available for interview

  • Detailed info & links on Neil Gaiman’s support of UNHCR to date is available at unhcr.org/neil-gaiman
  • UNHCR Global Facebook page for FB Live: @unhcr

For further information please contact:

Mark Macdonald
Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Australia for UNHCR
[email protected]
0431 619 892

Greg Mills
Media and Communications Coordinator, Australia for UNHCR
[email protected]
0439 314 583

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