OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Under the theme of "Real People, Real
Needs," Canadians will join people around the globe in marking World Refugee
Day on 20 June 2009.
Unlike past years when World Refugee Day themes focussed on the courage
and determination of refugees, as well as the contributions they make to their
adopted countries, this year's theme draws particular attention to the unmet
needs of some 42 million persons who are uprooted by conflict and persecution
and thereby forcibly displaced worldwide awaiting a solution.
The World Refugee Day 2009 theme is a reminder that refugees are not
faceless statistics but real individuals with dignity, rights and needs.
"For us, World Refugee Day is always an occasion to raise awareness of
the plight of refugees and the need to protect them. In these challenging
times, we want to remind all that refugees are no different from ordinary
people who wish to meet their livelihood needs and aspire for a better life,"
said Abraham ABRAHAM, UNHCR Representative in Canada.
To illustrate the needs of refugees, including shelter, health,
education, food security, sanitation, the prevention of sexual violence and
even legal status in countries of asylum, the poster designed for World
Refugee Day 2009 features a child in a refugee camp in Uganda with his head
covered with a coat symbolizing the need for shelter. A tag line "Shelter for
his family" runs in the top right corner.
The poster will be seen across Canada in World Refugee Day activities
planned by UNHCR and Canadian aid organizations. A listing of all World
Refugee Day events planned across Canada can be found on www.unhcr.ca/wrd
See Annex 1 for details of UNHCR's events.
UNHCR works in 110 countries to provide protection and assistance to an
estimated 34.4 million refugees, and other displaced and needy persons. The UN
Refugee Agency, which has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, was established by the
UN General Assembly in 1950 and has helped more than 50 million people over
the past five decades.
List of UNHCR events
Date: 19 June 2009
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Event: Experiential event (different phases of a refugee's flight).
Venue: Library Square, 350 West Georgia St.
Organizing Committee: UNHCR, City of Vancouver, Canadian Red Cross,
Vancouver Public Library, Settlement Orientation Service (SOS)
Contact person: Lesley Stalker
Tel: (604) 666-2151
Date: 20 June 2009
Time: 2:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Event: Refugee Walk "Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes." Start 2:00 p.m.
at Speaker's Corner, City Hall - South West corner of Nathan Phillips
Square and walk to Queen's Park North. Event at Queen's Park North
starting at 3:00 p.m.: Concert, speakers, interactive displays and
announcement of the Refugees and Human Rights Poetry contest winners.
Organizing Committee: UNHCR, Canadian Red Cross, COSTI Immigrant
Services, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Christie Refugee
Welcome Centre and Sojourn House.
Contact person: Rana Khan
Tel: (416) 954-1188
Date: 19 June 2009: 1:00 - 4:00p.m.; 20 - 21 June 2009: 11:00 a.m. -
3:00 p.m.; 22 June 2009: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Dawson Hall, St James United Church (436 St. Catherine Street
West, Place-des-Arts or McGill metro)
Event: "Under the Blue Sky" multi-media exhibit
Date: 20 June 2009
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Oscar Peterson Parc, Georges Vanier metro
Event: Entertainment for all: Music, dance, poetry, soccer and
basketball, barbecue and kids entertainment
Organizing Committee: UNHCR, Jardin Couvert du YMCA, Refuge Juan Moreno
and Mission communautaire de Montréal
Contact person: Tania Granem, (514) 932-5353 ext. 204/ Sylvain Thibault,
N.B. Event will be cancelled in case of rain.
For all other planned events across Canada, visit www.unhcr.ca/wrd
For further information:
For further information: Gisèle Nyembwe, (613) 232-0909 ext 225,