International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is celebrated annually on 6 April, and it aims to promote the values of sports like tolerance, fairness, teamwork, and mutual respect for a peaceful living, in solidarity. It is the Day where sport and development actors work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly youth.
 
Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance, and justice. Unfortunately, for the past two years, sport activities and events have been particularly affected by the necessary health measures and restrictions imposed in countries around the world. Despite the recent challenges, this day remains a great opportunity for the sport and development community to showcase the ways sport has been helping countries, communities, and individuals to navigate these challenging times and build back better. 

World Water Day

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The World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. On this Day we celebrate water and raise awareness of the billions of people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.
 
Water is an essential building block of life. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. Water is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health. The theme for this year’s World Water Day is ‘Groundwater, making the invisible visible’ and it will focus on groundwater being an invisible resource with an impact visible everywhere.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on 21 March yearly, to remind everyone of the consequences of racial discrimination and also encourages people to remember their obligation in combating racial discrimination. Racial discrimination is a poison that diminishes individuals and societies, perpetuates inequality and feeds anger, bitterness, and violence. The fight against racism and all forms of discrimination is a mainstay of peace and social cohesion, especially in our increasingly diverse societies.
 
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Voices for action against racism” and it highlights the importance of strengthening meaningful and safe public participation and representation in all areas of decision-making to prevent and combat racial discrimination; reaffirming the importance of full respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and of protecting civic space; and recognising the contribution of individuals and organisations that stand up against racial discrimination and the challenges they face.

International Day of Happiness

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The International Day of Happiness is observed annually on 20 March and is celebrated as a way to recognise the importance of wellbeing in the lives of people around the world. The need for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic and social growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness, and the wellbeing of all people, should be the fundamental human goal.
 
Happiness is a universal human right and this day aims to reduce global inequalities, end poverty, and protect the planet for future generations. In these challenging times that the world is going through right now, wellbeing matters more than ever. Let us all unite and win the fight against these unprecedented challenges by being safe, informed, and kind to one another. Happiness is a sense of wellbeing, joy or contentment, and a lifestyle, whose importance and interpretation cannot be standardised.

International Women's Day

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The International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March and it reflects on progress made and recognises acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. On this day we acknowledge women and girls that are effective powerful leaders and change makers on peace and development.
 
Despite the progress, real change has been agonisingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Furthermore, women are increasingly being recognised as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most.