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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. See our World Refugee Day website for more information.

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.




Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 30 March 2016

Ministerial Pledging Conference on Somali Refugees

The conference, which will took place in Brussels on 21 October 2015, and focused on creating conditions for voluntary return.

Sharjah Conference on Refugee Children

Hundreds of delegates gathered in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates for landmark conference on children.

The Nansen Refugee Award

The Nansen Refugee Award

Given to individuals or organizations for outstanding service in the cause of refugees.