International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2013

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There has been considerable concern about the perceived number of young people around the world who are using illicit psychoactive substances. The widespread concern about the use and abuse of illicit drugs is reflected by its high status on health, educational and political agendas in many countries.

In 2010 alone, around 210 million people, youth inclusive, were predicted to take illicit substances at least once, causing drug-trafficking to be one of the largest criminal offence that brings in the most significant social impact to the communities. If strategies to reduce the use of drugs and associated harms amongst the younger population are to be developed, particularly within the health education arena, it is vital that we improve our understanding of the roles that both licit and illicit substances play in the lives of young people.

World Music Day 2013

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Music is the universal language of mankind. It is an effective means of communication within and across cultures; a powerful form of expression and communication; and a source of inspiration for some of us. It serves as a remedy, soother of depression, for many of us. Whatever the value that it holds for every individual. Music is certainly a treasure of art whose civilization generates.

The significance of music to all people is indeed unquestionable. Imagine living without music; a colorless, tasteless and dull life close to emptiness. Plato once expressed the importance of music by quoting, "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."

World Refugee Day 2013

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It is a priceless blessing to bask in the freedom to live; the provision to basic amenities of a home; reliable protection; access to transportation.

In practice, not everyone is as fortunate as us; millions of refugees migrate for reasons of safety or civil rights from their own country. They are usually in danger of losing their life. Humanities basic rights and safety are at risk. They leave because of the exposure to war, danger or the threat of imprisonment to themselves or their loved ones. They have no choice but to leave if they want to continue to live. Driven into a state of depression, starvation and fear, many refugees, from women to children inclusive, have to live in the poorest conditions and are even forced to seek asylum in different areas. This certainly is distressing as refugees have often been misunderstood or largely ignored by the international community therefore, attracting little of the public's attention.

WORLD DAY OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT: ‘DO ONE THING FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION’

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All of us are part of something of greater importance and necessity; something we depict in our mundane lives. Our unique cultural identity and self-definition is formed by our knowledge, experiences, beliefs, and values. Nowadays we are privileged to witness cultural diversification frequently. For example, greeting gestures vary from person to person; from a wave, bow, handshake, nod, a bob, to tipping of the hat, these are just some of the various ways people differ.

The World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, 21st May, is specifically celebrated annually to remind people of the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion; build a world community of individuals committed to support diversity with real and every day-life gestures and; improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: ‘ICTS and Improving Road Safety’

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The current global statistics on the situation of road safety paints a gloomy picture in which 3,400 people die dally cause of road accidents, 1.24 million lives’s lost annual globally on our roads. Young adults, aged between 15 to 44 years, account for 59% of this figures. It is crucial to note that this population represents the majority of the work force within our societies, thus the economic loss is significant.

With advances in ICT, we have become more connected than ever. Information transfer and access has been made easy with development of smart phones and other ubiquitous technology. ICT has enabled us to chat with friends and family in different continents, transfer information at high speeds; get first hand news of events happening around the globe, all this available at the touch of a button. With this, we have become more distracted from our everyday duty of being cautious when on our roads. The result has been increased deaths on our road, with 1.3 deaths globally of which 59% of those being young adults of ages between 15-44 years. This represents a significant group that drives most economy’s, thus the economic loss is significant.