WORLD HEALTH DAY

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Health education is essential if people are to learn how to live healthy lives and avoid diseases. It helps them understand what health is and how to look after it, and also about the need for health services and disease control programmes. Health education can show people that good health and health services are a basic human right; it can explain that health services are important for development.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

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Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. It has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire and plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. It is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.

EARTH HOUR

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Earth Hour is an annual environmental campaign that brings attention to the effects of climate change, set to unite millions of people around the world to show their commitment to the planet. The dual challenge of climate change and plummeting, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment aims to mobilize individuals businesses and governments to be a part of the conversation and solutions needed to build a healthy sustainable future and planet for all.

WATER WORLD DAY: ‘NATURE FOR WATER’

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Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. Today, there are over 663 million people living without an improved drinking water supply close to their homes, spending countless hours on queues or walking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

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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. On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, WAY calls on young people, member organisations and partners to step up their efforts to build a more inclusive, more giving and fairer world.