Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and writer, Neil Gaiman.

The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.

One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography proj...ect, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian's photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.

Released exclusively on Facebook, the film urges people to sign the #WithRefugees petition to help ensure refugees have the basics to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live and the opportunity to work.

To see the full version of the film and to sign the petition go to

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Esther wants to return to South Sudan as a successful citizen, ready to make a change. The girl who made it from the camp to campus and from a refugee to a neurosurgeon.

As you read this post, young people across the world are starting university, opening an exciting new chapter in their lives that will offer them a world of opportunities. And at the same time, political leaders are meeting in New York to agree a better way for refugees.

Against that backdrop, our Melissa Fleming - UNHCR writes about her own daughter starting university, about Esther's struggle to get an education, and why her future is in our hands.

Education for refugees is often seen as an optional extra. But getting refugee children into school will help them to thrive, not just to survive

“This Summit marks a pivotal opportunity to bring about real change.”

Today in New York the governments of 193 countries adopted key commitments to enhance protection for millions of people who have been forcibly displaced and are otherwise on the move around the world.

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Live at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants - UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi interviewed by our Melissa Fleming - UNHCR.

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Live from #UNGA with Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Grandi spoke with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's Melissa Fleming about today's UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the New York Declaration, which countries adopted at the Summit.

"Today we have an extraordinary opportunity to change gear and recognize that forced displacement is not just a humanitarian challenge"

- Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

"The New York Declaration adopted today marks a political commitment of unprecedented force and resonance. It reaffirms that refugee rights are immutable."

We’re now live from the Mashable Social Good Summit with our chief Filippo Grandi, Carolyn Miles, President + CEO Save the Children and #TeamRefugees athletes Yusra Mardini and Pur! #2030Now

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Carolyn Miles talks with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and members of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team at the 2016 Social Good Summit in New York.

If refugee children don't get an education, who will rebuild their countries when the time comes?

No more #MissingOut - read our new Education report

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Our Melissa Fleming - UNHCR explains what the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants is all about, and what it could deliver to improve the lives of refugees the world over. #UN4RefugeesMigrants

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During 2015, Hellenic Rescue Team volunteers worked 24 hours per day, undertaking 1,035 rescue operations, saving 2,500 lives and assisting more than 7,000 people to safety.

Learn more about our joint 2016 Nansen Refugee Award winners:

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"The #WithRefugees petition is about standing together with people who have left everything behind, except their hopes, dreams, and determination."

Ahead of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, our High Commissioner Filippo Grandi delivers the biggest-ever petition for refugees to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Watch the moment it happened.

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LIVE NOW: An historic moment at the United Nations as we deliver your 1.3 million signatures, to tell world leaders: "We stand #WithRefugees

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Catch up on our LIVE, backstage at the United Nations, with supporters including Team Refugees Yiech Pur Biel, Yusra Mardini, Alek Wek and Emi Mahmoud, before we went live to the #WithRefugees petition handover in the main General Assembly hall.

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More than 1 million people signed our petition to stand #WithRefugees. The petition calls on world leaders and governments to act with solidarity and shared responsibility, to ensure every refugee child gets an education, every refugee family has somewhere to live, and every refugee can work or learn new skills.

Now it's time to hand it over to the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly.

Join us here, live, from 12pm EST, 5pm GMT, for a Facebook Live broadcast, with special guests, from the heart of the UN in New York.

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South Sudan. A nation torn apart by war.
Now 1 million refugees have fled for their lives, seeking safety across borders.
The crisis in the world’s youngest nation is shattering lives. It has to stop.

News story -

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“The Pope is a strong advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers. His voice gives strength to the weak and hope to the marginalized"

- UN Refugees Chief Filippo Grandi meets Pope Francis in Vatican City to discuss the global refugee crisis, ahead of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants

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A terrible milestone. The number of South Sudanese refugees has passed 1 million, making South Sudan the 4th nation in the world to produce one million refugees, along with Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. News report:

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"When you try and change something small with other people together, it's very powerful." Our inspiring joint Nansen Award winner, and dedicated volunteer Efi.

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Our supporter Kristin Davis tells us why she is standing #WithRefugees.

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I recorded this today to tell you why I am standing #WithRefugees. Please watch the poem: + sign the petition:

Live now with Dianna Agron! Hear why she stands #WithRefugees. Please watch the poem: + sign the petition:

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Join me LIVE NOW. This is why I’m standing #WithRefugees. Watch this poem: 'What they took with them' and sign the petition now:

With one day to go before we hand over the #WithRefugees petition to UN chief Ban Ki-moon at the General Assembly in New York, today's leg of the Facebook Live global tour features our supporters Osvaldo Laport, Dianna Agron, Bassem Youssef, and Kristin Davis! Post your questions on their pages or below this post, and watch all the lives here.

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