On 20 June each year, people from all over the world join together to celebrate World Refugee Day.
The day is an opportunity to remember the plight of refugees and the challenges they continue to face in all regions of the world. This year's theme is 'Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee'.
This week the UN High Commissioner for Refugees released a report stating that the number of refugees and internally displaced persons reached 45.2 million in 2012 - the highest levels since 1994.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had this message for the occasion:
In the UK
Here in the UK, World Refugee Day falls in Refugee Week, which celebrates the contribution refugees make to UK society and promotes a better understanding of their needs. UNA-UK has been calling on its members and supporters to get involved with the various nationwide activities taking place.
Earlier this year UNA-UK welcomed the UK government's introduction of a new statelessness determination procedure, which, in compliance with the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, seeks to properly identify stateless persons.
Click here to find out more about the work of the UK office of the UN Refugee Agency.