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World Refugee Day 2002: Greece

World Refugee Day 2002: Greece

20 June 2002


UNHCR organised a fund-raising event consisting of an art exhibition and auctions at the exhibition area and amphitheatre of the National Research Foundation in Athens on 20 June.

Fifty-two prominent artists donated their works (paintings, etchings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs) and they were auctioned by a well-known auctioneer who offered his time pro-bono. Seven sponsors supported the event, and 20 photographs were donated by Associated Press.

On 18 June, UNHCR organised a media workshop titled "Refugee Protection and Immigration Control: The New Challenge." The two discussion panels comprised a Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative, a legal officer from the Greek Council for Refugees, prominent journalists, and UNHCR. Among other topics, the panellists discussed the role of the media in shaping public opinion on refugee-related matters.