ACNUR Commemorates World Refugee Day

And Act commemorating World Refugee Day will take place at CINUP, inside building 128 of the City of Knowledge, this 20th of June at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will consist of a video detailing the situation of Colombian women refugees, a testimony of a refugee in Panama, a presentation of paintings by another refugee, and opening and closing words by a representative of ACNUR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and ONPAR.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office (ACNUR in Spanish) was established on December 14, 1950 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Agency has the task of directing and coordinating international action to protect and resolve refugee problems worldwide.  Their main objective is to safeguard the rights and the well-being of the refugees; that among the asylum seekers, internally displaced people, stateless people, returnees and refugees; reach the sum of more than 36 million people worldwide.

ACNUR will also take advantage of this opportunity to commemorate its 60th anniversary, which was accomplished on December 14, 2010. Inside this framework the 60th anniversary of the Convention of the Statute for Refugees (July 28) and the 50th anniversary of the Convention to Reduce Stateless People Cases (August 30) will also be commemorated. A special celebration will take place on October 10 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of explorer, politician and Norwegian diplomat Fridtjof Nansen, who was the first High Commissioner for Refugees. Nevertheless the most outstanding event will be the meeting at Geneva, from December 7 to the 8th, where the participant States will formally assume concrete compromises that will respond to specific situations about forced displacement and/or stateless people; as well as accepting general and wider recommendations. 

According to a participatory diagnosis made in 2010, Panama has a population of 1210 recognized refugees, 479 refuge solicitors and 863 people under the provisional humanitarian protection statute.  Among these you can find people from different countries such as Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, Haiti, Cameroon and more.

When somebody flees its country, due to persecution, and crosses an international border expecting to find protection, this person starts a long and difficult road in search of peace and dignity.  This is why ACNUR works constantly to bring these people jobs, bank credit, health and education; and therefore look for long lasting solutions and a dignified life.