- to focus interest on the refugee problem and to encourage additional financial contributions from Governments, voluntary agencies and the general public for its solution
- to encourage additional opportunities for permanent refugee solutions, through voluntary repatriation, resettlement or integration, on a purely humanitarian basis and in accordance with the freely expressed wishes of the refugees themselves.
WRY was launched on June 28, 1959 and over 70 nations issued stamps to promote WRY. Although Canada did not issue WRY stamps, several post offices were provided with WRY slogan cancellations.This post shows the Canadian slogan as well as stamps from a few of the participating countries.
Halifax, June 10, 1960
Montreal, June 28, 1960
A slogan cancellation was provided to several post offices.
Herm Island local stamps were overprinted:
1959 - 60
Guernsey, June 28, 1960
Dargis Velvetone Cachets
World Refugee Day Slogan
A peaceful scene of a Manila Bay sunset from a painting by artist Ben Alano (1922-1991) was the model for the stamps printed by the Government Printing Bureau of Japan.
Sunset, Manila Bay-Ben Alano
An uprooted oak tree , the symbol of WRY is seen in the lower left corner of the stamps.
First Day of Issue Cancellation
First Day Covers