20 June 2017

World Refugee Day

In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees. Last year, it launched its #WithRefugees petition on 20 June 2017 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

The #WithRefugees petition was be delivered to UN Headquarters in New York ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2017. The petition asks governments to:

  • Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
  • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
  • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution
    to their community.

World Refugee Day has been marked on 20 June, ever since 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.

Learn more.