International Day For Universal Access to Information

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Informed citizens can make informed decisions. In a world where COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos and complexity, access to reliable and verified information is more important than ever, in order to encourage healthy behaviours and save lives. Therefore, universal access to information is a cornerstone for an healthy and inclusive knowledgeable societies.

Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive, and impart information. This right is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression. Hence, media plays a crucial role in informing the public about issues of interest, but it relies on the ability to seek and receive information, too. Therefore, the right to universal access to information is also bound up with the right to freedom of the press.

International Day of Sign Language

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International Day of Sign Language
 "The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, launched last year, aims to strengthen our efforts to ensure the meaningful participation and full inclusion of people with disabilities in all that we do, including in times of crisis. That is the only way to fulfil the central promise of the 2030 Agenda – to leave no one behind.." — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
 
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realisation of the human rights of people who are deaf. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognises and promotes the use of sign languages. It makes clear that sign languages are equal in status to spoken languages and obligates states parties to facilitate the learning of sign language and promote the linguistic identity of the deaf community.

Internationl Day of Peace

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There is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of nonviolence and ceasefire. That day is on 21 September, and each year is observed as the International Day of Peace by the civil society organisations and all the stakeholders. The United Nations’ General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
 
This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security, and very way of life. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere. This is a global health crisis unlike any other, one that is spreading human suffering, destabilising the global economy, and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. 

International Day of Democracy

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International Day of Democarcy
 
“As the world confronts COVID-19, democracy is crucial in ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making and accountability for the response to the pandemic.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
 
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

International Literacy Day

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The International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of September. It is an opportunity for governments, civil society, and othervstakeholders to highlight improvements in the world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with at least 773 million adults worldwide lacking basic literacy skills today.
 
The International Literacy Day 2020 focuses on “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,” especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme highlights literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and adults. The recent COVID-19 crisis has been a stark reminder of the existing gap between policy discourse and reality: a gap that already existed in the pre-COVID-19 era and negatively affects the learning of youth and adults, who have no or low literacy skills, and therefore, tend to face multiple disadvantages.