International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2013

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To deliberately inflict pain on another human being is the most animalistic human trait by far. Everyone has the right to be mentally and physically freed from any form of torture. It is time the world stood together to put this ill treatment to a total halt.

It is disheartening that this sinister act is still happening, and could be going on in our backyards without even knowing. The United Nations has condemned the act of torture as one of the vilest and irresponsible actions committed by human beings to each other. To further express their support towards the victims of torture, they have specially chosen 26th June annually as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This year's theme is rehabilitation, which is selected to acknowledge its pivotal function to reintegrate the victims back to societies.

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.