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World Refugee Day
20 June

"On World Refugee Day, I call on the international community to intensify efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and to help achieve peace and security so that families can be reunited and refugees can return home."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A woman and child at a refugee camp in Jordan

A woman and child at a refugee camp in Jordan, host to tens of thousands of Syrians displaced by conflict.
UN Photo/Mark Garten

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

For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries.

The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.

The General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.

This year the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, continues its award-winning "1" campaign with its first ever personal fundraising site, which asks us to Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee.

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