WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS - THIS IS YOUR RIGHT

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I call on everyone to stand united in defending and encouraging press freedom and the right to access to information. This is essential for human rights and dignity, for our aspirations for sustainable development, for common determination to build lasting peace.


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UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova
 
Every year, on the 3rd of May is a day to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, and evaluate the practice of press freedom around the world. In this day, we pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession and defend the media from attacks on their independence.
 
This day was proclaimed as the World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1993, following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. Today serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom as well as enlighten them with the fact that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered. This year’s theme is “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - this is your right”! It focuses on three different aspects of press freedom which are freedom of information as a fundamental freedom and as a human right; protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach; as well as ensuring safety for journalism online and offline.

OPEN CALL FOR NGOS TO APPLY FOR CONSULTATIVE STATUS WITH UNITED NATIONS

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The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. It serves as the central mechanism for the activities of the United Nations system and its specialized agencies, and supervises the subsidiary and expert bodies in the economic, social and environmental fields and brings people and issues together to promote collective action for a sustainable world.

It is established by the United Nations Charter as the principal organ, under the authority of the General Assembly, in order to promote higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development, solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation and universal respect for, as well as observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.

Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organisations. NGOs affiliated to an international organisation that are already in status may be admitted provided that they are able to demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. In the case of national organisations, consultation with the Member State concerned is required.

WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY

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Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

-Malala Yousafzai

Books are the source of knowledge and the inspiration of wisdom. It is our true friend that helps us in our need, advices us and shows the path in darkness to light. Whenever we need advice, we should open the proper book and seek for guidance. Their choice like friend's choice should be wise and thoughtful. In fact, a friend may deceive, but surely not a book. It gives us knowledge and helps in developing our memory power, wisdom and intelligence.

Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving exclusive rights to the creator of original work, usually, for a limited time. It is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work and other related rights. It is an intellectual property form.

23rd April is a symbolic date for the world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega passed away. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

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.