UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is grateful for the support of Canadian NGOs, manifested through their involvement in the #WithRefugees World Tour, in the agency’s efforts to mobilize global solidarity for refugees and forcibly displaced people.
The #WithRefugees World Tour is made up of dozens of public events to raise awareness and inspire more action on behalf of refugees and forcibly displaced people. Two of the public events will take place in Canada, with the WEconnect Job Fair organized by the Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS) on 3 May 2018 and the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) International Refugee Rights Conference 2018 on 7-9 June 2018.
“We are pleased to see that Canada is joining this global initiative,” said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Canada. “This is indeed another evidence that demonstrates Canadian dedication to help and assist refugees and displaced people.”
“Events such as the WEconnect job fair in Saskatoon and the International Refugee Rights Conference in Toronto are important in bringing refugee and non-refugee individuals together, but also in mobilizing concrete actions and commitment by diverse sectors of society.”
The World Tour which has at least one event in each region of the world, is a central part of UNHCR’s #WithRefugees Campaign launched in 2016 against the backdrop of record breaking levels of human displacement by war- coinciding with rising levels of intolerance and xenophobia.
The campaign has recorded more than 18 million actions for refugees including almost 2 million signatures on a petition calling for all refugees to be able to live in safety, have access to education and be able to support their families.
Other events on the tour will include a fashion show in Chicago featuring fabrics made by refugees in Kenya, a refugee football match in Ireland, a photo exhibit in Paris, a week of events on Jeju Island, South Korea and judo competitions and workshops in South Africa. The tour will end on 1 October at UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony in Geneva.