The impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector is being felt around the world. In these challenging times of mass confinement, billions of people are turning to culture as a source of comfort, wellbeing, and connection. There has been a surge in the creation of, and access to, cultural content online, from virtual visits to museums and galleries, streaming of films and even community choirs via social media, showing its fundamental role as a source of resilience for communities. Major crises throughout history have often given rise to a renaissance of culture and an explosion of new forms of creativity, so vital for human progress.
“Information technology can be a beacon of hope, allowing billions of people around the world to connect. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these connections… are more important than ever.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Every year since 1969, the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated, which marks the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865 when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
Families, both traditional and non-traditional, are the foundation of society. Some of the most formative years of our lives are spent growing up with our families, so they should be celebrated! The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting them. In many countries, this day is an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance of families, people, societies, and cultures around the world.
On this World Press Freedom Day, we would like to inform the international community that freedom of the press and expression are fundamental human rights. On this day we celebrate the basic principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom in the world, defend the media against attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Concern is growing over the continuing rise in COVID-19 infections in some parts of the world and the ability to sustain declining rates in others. Recognising the great challenge that governments, employers, workers, and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, in particular, on the COVID-19 pandemic.