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.
WORLD REFUGEE DAY THEME
Each year, UNHCR announces a theme for its World Refugee Day campaign. Some of the year wise themes are mentioned below:
- The theme of 2018 is yet to come.
- The theme of 2017 was “Embracing Refugees to celebrate our Common Humanity.”
- The theme of 2016 was “We stand together with refugees”.
- The theme of 2015 was “With courage let us all combine”.
- The theme of 2014 was “Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World”.
- The theme of 2013 was “Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee”.
- The theme of 2012 was “1 family torn apart by war is too many”.
- The theme of 2011 was “1 refugee without hope is too many.”
- The theme of 2010 was “1 refugee forced to flee is too many”.
- The theme of 2009 was “Home”.
- The theme of 2008 was “Protection”.
- The theme of 2007 was “Perseverance.”
- The theme of 2006 was “Hope”.
- The theme of 2005 was “Courage”.
- The theme of 2004 was “Courage”.
- The theme of 2003 was “Refugee Youth: Building the Future”.
- The theme of 2002 was “Tolerance”.
- The theme of 2001 was “Respect”.
World Refugee Day History
World Refugee Day is observed every year by the people on 20th of June in order to raise the public awareness about refugee’s situations throughout the world. Celebrating World Refugee Day annually on 20th of June was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in the Resolution 55/76 on 4th of December in 2000. It was started celebrating worldwide as an annual event from 2001 on every 20th of June.