WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT

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Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SOCIETY DAY

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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. 17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES

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Each year, 15th May is observed worldwide as the International Day of Families. In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed this date to be an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. The United Nations Programme on the Family stresses the importance of having healthy and happy familial relationships.

BENEFITS OF CONSULTATIVE STATUS WITH ECOSOC AND THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR IT FOR THE 2019 CYCLE

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One of the six principal organs of the United Nations System established by the UN Charter in 1945 is the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It consists of 54 members of the United Nations nominated by the General Assembly and coordinates economic, social and related work of the fourteen United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions, and five regional commissions. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to the Member States and the United Nations system.

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

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Every year, World Press Freedom Day is a day which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.