Currently, there are roughly 65.3 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced, leaving them homeless, and sometimes stateless. The summit - which is the first of its kind - brought together world leaders in order to come up with a united response.
During the summit a video from 10-year-old Yara from Sana was shown, in which she delivered a heart-wrenching speech about the war in Yemen.
Jolie has done exhaustive work toward ending the crisis – so much, in fact, that she was awarded a contributory position at the London School of Economics MSc programme in Women, Peace and Security.
She has been a Special Envoy for UNHCR since 2012 and in a speech to the UN Security Council in New York last year spoke at length about Syrian refugees:
It is sickening to see thousands of refugees drowning on the doorstep of the world’s wealthiest continent. No one risks the lives of their children in this way except out of utter desperation.
If we cannot end the conflict, we have an inescapable moral duty to help refugees and provide legal avenues to safety.
The crisis in Syria illustrates that our inability to find diplomatic solutions causes mass displacement, and traps millions of people in exile, statelessness, and displacement.
Our times will be defined not by the crises themselves, but by the way we pull together as an international community to address them.