On June 20th the UN encourages people of the world to commemorate the courage, strength as well as the resilience of millions of refugees.
World Refugee Day was first commemorated in 2001. There are tens of thousands of people from around who world take the time to recognize & applaud the contribution of those forced to flee. The annual event is marked by a variety of activities in over 100 countries, involving governments, officials, aid workers, celebrities, civilians and those forcibly displaced people themselves.
On June 20, the United Nations, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as well as countless civic groups around the world host events for World Refugee Day in order to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees as well as those Internally displaced persons around the world who have been forced to flee their homes due to wars, conflicts and persecution.
Individuals and community organisations are also encouraged to mark the day by attending a local World Refugee Day event. Or watching and sharing World Refugee Day videos, raising awareness for refugees on social media
African Refugee Day had been celebrated formally in several countries before 2000. The UN noted that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had also agreed to have the International Refugee Day coincide with the Africa Refugee Day on 20th June.
Interestingly the Roman Catholic Church – World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated yearly in January. Since been instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X.
Australia generally is a Multicultural nation which has embraced inclusivity and welcomed a mix of cultures.
At Plaza Real Estate, we celebrate this diversivity and work with people regardless of race, colour, creed, sexuality, religion, ancestry, marital status, age, gender or anything else