The International Migrants Day is observed every year on 18th of December, and it is an opportunity to recognise the contributions made by millions of immigrants to the development and well-being of many countries in the world. After having taken into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, the commemoration of this day aims to promotes respect for the rights of immigrant workers and their families, and highlights the issues that are of the key interest to migrants and their communities.
A broad range of factors continue to determine the movement of people. They are either voluntary or forced movements as a result of the increased magnitude and frequency of disasters, economic challenges, and extreme poverty or conflict. This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. Today, globalisation, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people, who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.
The Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th of December and is celebrated internationally to honour the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that took place at the United Nations’ General Assembly on 1948. The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) recognises the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basis of its action and service. Hence, this day is an opportunity for us to reaffirm the importance of human rights for young people in rebuilding the world we want, the need for global solidarity, as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.
On this day various key stakeholders, youth inclusive, do project their concern by contributing to activities and programmes designed to promote and educate human rights related matters in all levels of society, as well as to prevent any further violations of human rights in the future. The knowledge and understanding of human rights is very important to each and every individual. Human rights have the power to tackle the root causes of conflict and crisis, by addressing grievances, eliminating inequalities, and exclusion and allowing people to participate in decision making processes that affects their lives.
The International Anti-Corruption Day is observed every year on 9th of November. No country, region, or community is immune to corruption and on this day we aim to raise awareness on the forms of corruption and highlight the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only global anti-corruption instrument that contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by fostering accountability, integrity, and transparency.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. It also undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development, and contributes to governmental instability. Moreover, corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes.
The International Volunteer Day for Economic Social Development (IVD) is held each year on 5th of December. This day is viewed as an opportunity for us to celebrate all volunteers by recognising their efforts, sharing their values, and promoting their work among communities, non-governmental organisations, government authorities, and the private sector. This is the day to express our utmost appreciation to the volunteers for their tireless and priceless contribution.
Nowadays, 70 percent of volunteer work does not involve any organisation but happens informally between people in their communities. Volunteerism is important for everyone, young people included, as it enriches our society, brings us together as a community, and strengthens civic engagement. It also safeguards social inclusion, deepens solidarity, and solidifies ownership of development results. Volunteers are actors of change and equal partners in the attainment of local, national, and international progress towards sustainable human development and global peace.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year on 3 December and promotes the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development. Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, peace, and security. Hence, it is vital to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
Today, the world population is over 7 billion people and more than one billion people, or approximately fifteen percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability, and eighty percent live in developing countries. An integrated approach is required to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind. Disability inclusion will result in COVID19 response and recovery that better serves everyone, more fully suppressing the virus, as well as building back better.