WORLD HEALTH DAY

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A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

-Tom Stoppard

Being healthy is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity. With almost half of the world’s population being made of young people, the issue of health becomes a main concern as the youth are part of the present as much as they are the hope of the future.

The World Health Day 2016 is celebrated, annually, on the 7th of April under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is held to mark the founding of WHO and is seen as an opportunity by the organisation to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health.

Global interest in the health of adolescents and youth has manifested itself in many expressions of commitment to their healthy personal, spiritual, social, mental and physical development. One implication is that the international public health community must adopt an approach to adolescents and youth that goes beyond the health sector to elicit the active participation of all social factors, including young people themselves as agents of change.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

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Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and healthy lifestyle at the local, national and international levels. Its inherent values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is observed each year to promote healthy lifestyles and emphasises the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) focus on giving access to sport to as many people as possible. It is a day when some of the world’s leading sportspeople work together with communities to bring not only sporting opportunities but also its blazing spirit to enrich lives, particularly those of young people.

WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

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To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members.

Ban Ki-moon

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

The number of disabled youth has been increasing gradually and has resulted in heightened concern in relation to their rights and well-being. Many youth living with autism encounter issues such as: prejudice, social isolation and discrimination from members of their respective societies.

World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated yearly throughout the world in order to give opportunity to all to come together in highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.

WORLD WATER DAY

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Water, the Hub of Life.

Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium.

Water is the most extraordinary substance!

Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it as building

material for its machinery.

Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.

-Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Water is the most common liquid on our planet, vital to all life forms. Water, odorless, tasteless, transparent liquid, is colourless in small amount but exhibits a bluish tinge in large quantity. It is the most familiar and abundant liquid on earth.

On the 22nd of December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution through which 22nd March of each year is declared World Day for Water, as a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues and to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

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Racial discrimination divides and kills; it hinders peace and destabilises social unity within increasingly diverse societies. It can be brutal and wide-ranging, which sometimes is embodied in dissolute laws. It can also insidiously, silently, deprive people’s daily basic rights to employment, housing and a social life. We all have a role to play, each at our respective levels, in combating racism.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was established six years after an event, known as the Sharpeville tragedy or Sharpeville massacre, which captured worldwide attention. This event involved police opening fire and killing 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa on March 21, 1960.