The International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21 September, and is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of nonviolence and ceasefire. The United Nations’ General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This day is celebrated by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover. The COVID-19 pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalised groups the hardest. As we heal from this pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about a better recovery, and having our world transform into one that is more equal, just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
The values of freedom, respect for human rights, and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy. Hence, the International Day of Democracy is celebrated annually on 15 September and it provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. As democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realisation of human rights. The major purpose of this Day is to encourage everyone, including governments, to protect human rights and participate meaningfully in democracy.
The International Day of Democracy is commemorated to educate the public about pressing issues, organise political will and resources to address global issues, and celebrate humanity's achievements. Hence, this year’s theme for the International Day of Democracy is “Strengthening democratic resilience in the face of future crises”. The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political, and legal challenges globally. Time has come to learn from the past lessons in order to strengthen democratic resilience in the face of future crises. We need to commit safeguarding of equality, participation, and solidarity for all.
The International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of September. It is an opportunity for governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to highlight improvements in the world literacy rates, and reflect on the 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.
The International Literacy Day 2021 will focus on “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide” and will explore how literacy can contribute to building a solid foundation for a human-centred recovery, with a special focus on the interplay of literacy and digital skills required by non-literate youth and adults. It will also explore what makes technology-enabled literacy learning inclusive and meaningful to leave no one behind. This day is an opportunity to reimagine future literacy teaching and learning, within and beyond the context of the pandemic.
The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually every 5th of September. It was declared officially by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. This day commemorates the anniversary of the passing away of Saint Teresa, who worked tirelessly to overcome poverty, distress, and suffering of the poorest in the world. She showed us that charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing, and child protection.
Moreover, the International Day of Charity serves to enhance and increase social responsibility amongst us all, solidarity and to increase the public’s support for charitable causes. Charity Day is also a great opportunity to raise awareness and provide a platform for charity events to take place on a global scale. Poverty exists in every country around the globe, from powerful industrial nations to developing countries. It continues to affect millions of people, regardless of their social and cultural situations, and is a barrier to true prosperity and equality.
Today, the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is marking its 72nd Anniversary! For over a year now, the world is going through challenging times, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts. Despite the major impacts of COVID-19 being felt by youth worldwide, it revealed that youth are actively participating in social activism, with volunteering and making donations towards the pandemic response.
History has it, founded in 1949, WAY is the international coordinating body of national youth councils and youth organisations. WAY has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC)) and works together with several agencies of the United Nations including UNEP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, and many more. WAY currently has 140 members from all continents of the world. Having such a large network, it is now, even more, promising for WAY to realise its aim of unlocking youth potential and tackling youth issues with cooperation and support from all of its vigorous members.