“As we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, we must do more to achieve women’s equal representation in all areas of peace and security. Together, let us continue to wage peace, defeat the pandemic and build a better future.“ — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the organisation and to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the United Nations flag since 1948, including 102 last year. This year, the challenges and threats faced by our peacekeepers are even greater than ever, as they, like people around the world, are not only having to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also support and protect the people in the countries they are based in. They are continuing their operations to the best of their abilities and supporting the governments and the local populations, despite the risk of COVID-19.
The impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector is being felt around the world. In these challenging times of mass confinement, billions of people are turning to culture as a source of comfort, wellbeing, and connection. There has been a surge in the creation of, and access to, cultural content online, from virtual visits to museums and galleries, streaming of films and even community choirs via social media, showing its fundamental role as a source of resilience for communities. Major crises throughout history have often given rise to a renaissance of culture and an explosion of new forms of creativity, so vital for human progress.
“Information technology can be a beacon of hope, allowing billions of people around the world to connect. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these connections… are more important than ever.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Every year since 1969, the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated, which marks the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865 when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
Families, both traditional and non-traditional, are the foundation of society. Some of the most formative years of our lives are spent growing up with our families, so they should be celebrated! The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting them. In many countries, this day is an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance of families, people, societies, and cultures around the world.
On this World Press Freedom Day, we would like to inform the international community that freedom of the press and expression are fundamental human rights. On this day we celebrate the basic principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom in the world, defend the media against attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.