World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day

Basic Information

World Refugee Day is an annual event observed on 20 June to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.

Observed on: June 20

Organized by: UN, UNHCR

Introduced in: 2000 (UN Resolution)

Observed: Worldwide

About World Refugee Day

Every year June 20 is observed as World Refugee Day. This day is observed to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.

On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed to observe every year June 20 as World Refugee Day. The day was first observed on 20 June 2001.

Activities and Programs on the Day

Different programs are conducted across the world to mark this day. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other organizations conduct different events on this day to raise awareness about the day. Social media campaigns are tagged with #WithRefugees.

United Nations Refugee Agency, governments, celebrities, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, other national and regional organizations are conducting many programs to support this event. This observation is marked in over 100 countries.

Theme for World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day 2020 Theme is “Every Action Counts

Refugee Day 2019 Theme was “#StepWithRefugees — Take A Step on World Refugee Day

Refugee Day 2018 Theme was “Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees

2017 Theme: Embracing Refugees to Celebrate our Common Humanity

2016 Theme: We stand together with refugees

2015 Theme: With courage let us all combine

2014 Theme: Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World

2013 Theme: Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee

2012 Theme: 1 family torn apart by war is too many

2011 Theme: 1 refugee without hope is too many

2010 Theme: 1 refugee forced to flee is too many

2009 Theme: Home

2008 Theme: Protection

2007 Theme: Perseverance

2006 Theme: Hope

2005 Theme: Courage

2004 Theme: Courage

2003 Theme: Refugee Youth: Building the Future

2002 Theme: Tolerance

2001 Theme: Respect

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