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Current Awareness 2021: June

Up-to-date topics of interest to researchers

What is current awareness?

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research

Websites of the month

Refugee Law in South Africa

Refugee Law in South Africa: Home Affairs, Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs, Refugee Appeals Authority, Permanent Residence & Citizenship.

What is a refugee? Facts, FAQs, and how to help | World Vision

There are more refugees in the world than ever before. About 26.4 million people have fled their countries because of conflict, violence, persecution, or human rights violations.

Further reading

About the monthly current awareness page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

Selected noteworthy days in June

5 June- World Environment DayLogo world environment day

World Environment Day is observed every year on 5 June and is celebrated by more than 100 countries. The environment is a major issue, which not only affects the well-being of the people but also hampers economic development throughout the world. The theme of World Environment Day 2021 is "Ecosystem Restoration".

12 June - World Day Against Child Labour

This day is launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to focus attention on the worldwide extinction of child labour, efforts and the action required to eliminate it. In 2015, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in which they have included a clause to end child labour. 

16 June - Youth Day 

Commemorates the Soweto Uprising, which took place on 16 June 1976, where thousands of students were ambushed by the apartheid regime.

20 June - World Refugee Day 2021                 refugee day image

The UN Refugee Agency's World Refugee Day campaign this year is calling for the greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, schools and sport. Only by working together can we recover from the pandemic.

29 June - National Statistics Day 

The day is observed on 29 June to popularise the use of Statistics in everyday life. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Prof. P C Mahalanobis. The theme of National Statistics Day 2021 is Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-2: End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture.

In the media

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, please visit the archive:






Looking for upcoming conferences?

If you are looking for forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden oldies

The Politics of Race, Class and Nationalism in Twentieth Century South Africa

S. Mark;Stanley Trapido;S. Marks;S. Mark;Stanley Trapido;S. Marks

Book | 1987


Matthews, Robert O.

Academic Journal | International Organization (00208183). Winter72, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p62. 22p.