WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY

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‘Youth’ is the best understood as a period of transition from the childhood’s dependence to adulthood’s independence involving a great awareness of our interdependence as members of a community. Youth is a more fluid category than a fixed age-group.

However, age is the easiest tool to determine whether one falls under the group of youth, particularly in relation to education and employment. Therefore, ‘youth’ is often indicated as a person between the age when he/she may leave compulsory education and/or find his/her first employment.

The World Youth Skills Day is celebrated every year on the 15th of July, to highlight at a global level, the importance of youth skills development and to raise awareness on the significance of exploring all the extraordinary skills possessed by young people. The goal is to achieve better socio-economic conditions for today’s youth, as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and under employment.

WORLD POPULATION DAY

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Populations concerns are a major issue among societies and their devastating impacts affect the youth most as they are the larger portion of the world population. There are four major considerations with regard to population; overpopulation; limited natural and environmental resources; awareness and sensitization; and youth as a potential workforce.

World Population day is celebrated every year on 11th July to raise awareness about population growth and related issues. The theme for the year 2015 is “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies". With the world population crossing a mark of 7 billion, it is very vital for the people to practice healthy living and realize the importance of small families. This event is celebrated to raise the awareness amongst common public about the problem of population explosion and to combat the same.

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING

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Drug abuse poses significant health challenges. Injecting drug use is a leading cause of the spread of HIV. In some parts of the world, heroin use and HIV have reached epidemic proportions. Drug control - including prevention and measures to reduce the harmful effects of drug use - is therefore an important part of the battle to combat HIV/AIDS.

Today, marks the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, designated by the United Nations to strengthen global efforts towards a society free of drug abuse. International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking is observed annually each year. The day serves as a reminder of the on-going war that is being fought around the world on illicit drug use and trafficking, and that unless there is concerted, sustained effort, Asia may be at risk of fighting a losing battle.

WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT

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Hunger is most prevalent in the developing countries, with dry land areas where water retention is poor, and the land is highly vulnerable to natural and human destructions. The vast majority of the dry land people survive on local foods. Sub-Saharan Africa has made some progress in eradicating hunger, but still has the highest prevalence of undernourishment. Tackling hunger requires a multi-faceted approach from economic development, nutritional intake to managing natural disasters.

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June, was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 1994. On that date, the same year, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was adopted. It aims to promote community and ecosystem resilience while improving the human condition particularly in dry lands. The decade 2010–2020 has been declared the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (UNDDD).

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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One of the main global concerns today is the issues related to environment and it mainly refers to the natural elements that make up the Earth and surround living organisms, enabling life. The environment is not about a single factor, it involves lot of things which interact and interfere with human life. Thus, it is then understood that clean and healthy environment must be emphasized to each and every individual. One of the effective ways in reiterating the promotion of clean and healthy environment is through commemorating the World Environment Day.

The World Environment Day is observed on the 5th of June each year. This Day aims to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment where we all live. Over the years, it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach and is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.