Delighted fashion designer Giorgio Armani was on Tuesday chosen as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in a move that will see him travel to refugee camps around the world.

UN High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said Armani's appointment follows years of personal dedication to helping refugees. "He will be a great partner to UNHCR in mobilising support for some of the world's most unfortunate and needy people," he added.

Millionaire Armani said in a statement he was "accepting this role with humility". He will join three other ambassadors in the role, namely US film star Angelina Jolie, soprano Barbara Hendricks and Egyptian actor Adel Imam.