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“Ours can be the first generation to end poverty – and the last generation to address climate change before it is too late.” Ban-Ki Moon, UN Secretary-General 2007-2016

Over-full refugee boat

Deadly Journey 16.06.2016

In 2016 deaths of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean hit all-time high, says UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.” - Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General

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"A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it." - Article 1 of the Refugee Convention

"There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature without a renewal of humanity itself." – Pope Francis, Encyclical on the Environment and Human Ecology

"As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest." - Nelson Mandela

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"We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet." - Stephen Hawking