People escaping violence or persecution must be able to cross borders safely. They must not face discrimination at borders or be unfairly denied refugee status or asylum due to their race, religion, gender, or country of origin.UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home by conflict and persecution at the end of 2018. Among them are nearly 30 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
- World Day of Social Justice
- International Day of Living Together in Peace
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
- World Humanitarian Day
- International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
- International Day for Tolerance
- International Migrants Day
- International Human Solidarity Day
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.