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20 June, 2003 marks the third World Refugee Day. This day is celebrated all around the world with events such as conferences, stand up comedies, concerts and memorial services. The day originally marked Africa Refugee Day.
On 4 December 2000, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June. It, therefore, decided that, as from 2001, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day (resolution 55/76). (full text).

about: The GDRC is an attempt to consolidate disparate issues, themes and topics into one umbrella to highlight their interconnectedness and interdisciplinary nature. With the focus being more on knowledge transfer and information dissemination, GDRC focuses on the micro scale – at the level of the man-on-the-street, where most of the everyday decisions are taken. GDRC aims at bringing together the disparate resources on a three pronged approach:

  • Research and development at the global level,
  • Education and Training at the regional level,
  • Policy and programme development at the local level.

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