Angelina Jolie to deliver keynote speech for BBC’s ‘World on the Move’ migration special

The actor and UN Special Envoy will speak live today as part of the BBC's day of programmes exploring the migrant crisis

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Angelina Jolie-Pitt is set to deliver a keynote speech today as part of  BBC’s World on the Move migration special. 

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Jolie Pitt, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Special Envoy, will speak in front of a live audience at the BBC Radio theatre at 12:15pm today as part of a series of programmes on TV and radio addressing the migrant crisis.

Her appearance will be hosted by Radio 4 Today presenter Mishal Husain, and will be broadcast on Radio 4, BBC News and the BBC World Service. 

“The debate on the refugee crisis is often polarized and based on fear and misconceptions. We need to have a rational discussion that focuses on how we strengthen the systems designed to protect those fleeing war and persecution, while understanding and taking into account the concerns of citizens in host countries,” Jolie Pitt explained.

“Above all, we need to address the conflict and insecurity that are the root causes of the mass movement of refugees. I look forward to exploring these issues with the BBC and its global audience, and to a day of discussion in which all sides of the debate can be heard and long-term solutions can be identified and highlighted.”

The day will also feature a live radio drama written by playwright James Graham, focussing on UK migration. It will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 2:15pm.

Coverage began with Today presenter Sarah Montagu broadcasting from Vietnam, examining how the country has recovered following a devastating war and refugee crisis. In the evening, the World Tonight will come live from California, looking at how multinational workforces are serving the creativity of the tech sector.

“If the Today Programme ran all day on one story, what new insights would it throw up? We’ve put together a day of programming involving BBC News and some of Radio 4’s biggest programme strands to look at a key story of our time,” said BBC Director of News and Current Affairs James Harding. 

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Follow the coverage live on the BBC website here.