World Refugee Day
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On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2000, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. It is commemorated to honor all refugees, raise awareness and solicit support.
African Refugee Day had been formally celebrated in several countries prior to 2000. The UN noted that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.
Each year on June 20 the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public's attention to the millions of refugees and Internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution.
The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of events in more than 100 countries, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves.
The UNHCR puts out messages on each World Refugee Day:
- 2019: Filippo Grandi today pledged to do all he could to help millions of forcibly displaced people “not just to get by, but also to thrive.”
- 2018: Today, World Refugee Day, is a time for solidarity with refugees
UNHCR designates theme for each World Refugee Day campaign.
- 2019: Take A Step on World Refugee Day
- 2018: Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees
- 2017: Embracing Refugees to celebrate our Common Humanity
- 2016: We stand together with refugees
- 2015: With courage let us all combine
- 2014: Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World
- 2013: Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee
- 2012: 1 family torn apart by war is too many
- 2010: 1 refugee forced to flee is too many
- 2009: Home
- 2008: Protection
- 2007: Perseverance
- 2006: Hope
- 2003: Refugee Youth: Building the Future
- 2002: Tolerance
- 2001: Respect
Individuals and community groups are encouraged to mark the day by attending a local World Refugee Day event, watching and sharing World Refugee Day videos, and raising awareness for refugees on social media.
- United Nations General Assembly Session 55 Resolution 76. A/RES/55/76 4 December 2000. Retrieved 2008-09-04.
- "World Refugee Day 2019 – History, Themes and Quotes". The earthreminder. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- Participate in World Refugee Day in the United States Archived December 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine