Every year, UNHCR holds several special events to recognize the lives of refugees and those who are dedicated to helping them. Our two blue riband events are World Refugee Day and the Nansen Refugee Award.

World Refugee Day

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. Tens of thousands of people around the world take time to recognize and applaud the contribution of forcibly displaced people throughout the world. The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of events in more than 100 countries, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves.

UNHCR India is pleased to mark World Refugee Day 2014 with an exhibition of refugee photos by world-renowned photographer Raghu Rai and a cultural event with the refugees. The exhibition will be on from June 21-29, 2014 at IIC, New Delhi. The seven largest refugee groups, portrayed in this photo exhibition, wonderfully reflect the diversity of the refugee communities.

The Nansen Refugee Award

This annual award is named after the late great Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who was appointed in 1921 by the UN's predecessor, the League of Nations, to be the very first High Commissioner for Refugees. The Nansen Award, consisting of a medal and a US$100,000 monetary prize, is given out every year in October to a person or group for outstanding services in supporting refugee causes.


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