World Refugee Day--June 20th
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:35 PM

UNHCR has launched a new World Refugee Day page on its local website

The theme for World Refugee Day, on June 20, is 'courage'. People will celebrate the courage of refugees not just in enduring the dangers and violence of the crises that made them refugees, but also the courage refugees show in rebuilding their lives and contributing to society in difficult or unfamiliar circumstances.

The campaign this year, It takes courage to be a refugee, includes five 'portraits of courage' - five individuals from five different regions.

UNHCR Regional Office Canberra is asking schools, community groups, NGOs and government agencies to help celebrate World Refugee Day this year by sending in details of their event for possible listing on the website.

To list a World Refugee Day event on UNHCR’s local website, send details to in the following format, and type WRD event listing in the subject field of your email:

  • State (ie which state is it taking place)
  • The event's title and a brief description (include guest speakers)
  • Provide location and address
  • Date and time
  • Contact details (a telephone number and/or website address, or attach a flyer)

To find out more about this year's theme, to order free campaign materials, or see ideas on how to get involved, visit or call UNHCR Regional Office Canberra, Public Information Unit e-mail: ph: 02 6120 1108.

Cited in: ABA-SIL Human Rights Committee e-Brief Listserve.