World Refugee Day
"Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
According to the United Nations, around 14 million people in the world are refugees. A refugee is a person who has been “forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence... and has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.”
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) sponsors World Refugee Day each year on June 20, to raise awareness refugee struggles and to honor the contributions of refugees throughout the world. http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/
Our state’s Refugee Services Program, part of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), also does tremendous work to help people affected by war, torture, or human rights violations.
How can you participate in World Refugee Day?
- Attend the events being offered throughout our library system, listed below.
- Visit the UNHCR website and the Florida DCF Refugee Services website to donate to and learn more about this local and global crisis.
- Read a book or watch a film to learn and better understand the experience of a refugee. Visit your local branch library to check out our books with inspiring and compelling stories about "real people with real needs."
- Wear light blue, the international color of UN aid workers, on the day of the event and let others know why you are wearing this color.
The Palm Beach County Library System is also proud to take part in the World Refugee Day Celebration and Citizenship Ceremony, presented by the Palm Beach Refugee Task Force and the Dr. Kathryn W. Davis Global Education Center, Palm Beach State College.
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus
Thur, June 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm