The values of freedom, respect for human rights, and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy. Hence, the International Day of Democracy is celebrated annually on 15 September and it provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. As democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realisation of human rights. The major purpose of this Day is to encourage everyone, including governments, to protect human rights and participate meaningfully in democracy.
The International Day of Democracy is commemorated to educate the public about pressing issues, organise political will and resources to address global issues, and celebrate humanity's achievements. Hence, this year’s theme for the International Day of Democracy is “Strengthening democratic resilience in the face of future crises”. The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political, and legal challenges globally. Time has come to learn from the past lessons in order to strengthen democratic resilience in the face of future crises. We need to commit safeguarding of equality, participation, and solidarity for all.
The International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of September. It is an opportunity for governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to highlight improvements in the world literacy rates, and reflect on the remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The International Literacy Day 2021 will focus on “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide” and will explore how literacy can contribute to building a solid foundation for a human-centred recovery, with a special focus on the interplay of literacy and digital skills required by non-literate youth and adults. It will also explore what makes technology-enabled literacy learning inclusive and meaningful to leave no one behind. This day is an opportunity to reimagine future literacy teaching and learning, within and beyond the context of the pandemic.
The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually every 5th of September. It was declared officially by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. This day commemorates the anniversary of the passing away of Saint Teresa, who worked tirelessly to overcome poverty, distress, and suffering of the poorest in the world. She showed us that charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing, and child protection.
Moreover, the International Day of Charity serves to enhance and increase social responsibility amongst us all, solidarity and to increase the public’s support for charitable causes. Charity Day is also a great opportunity to raise awareness and provide a platform for charity events to take place on a global scale. Poverty exists in every country around the globe, from powerful industrial nations to developing countries. It continues to affect millions of people, regardless of their social and cultural situations, and is a barrier to true prosperity and equality.
Today, the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is marking its 72nd Anniversary! For over a year now, the world is going through challenging times, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts. Despite the major impacts of COVID-19 being felt by youth worldwide, it revealed that youth are actively participating in social activism, with volunteering and making donations towards the pandemic response.
History has it, founded in 1949, WAY is the international coordinating body of national youth councils and youth organisations. WAY has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC)) and works together with several agencies of the United Nations including UNEP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, and many more. WAY currently has 140 members from all continents of the world. Having such a large network, it is now, even more, promising for WAY to realise its aim of unlocking youth potential and tackling youth issues with cooperation and support from all of its vigorous members.
The World Humanitarian Day is celebrated annually on 19 August, and it pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and rallies support for people affected by crises around the world. The highest numbers of Humanitarian workers are young people. Therefore, in there challenging times, we highlight the importance of international actions, as the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and the SDGs, for addressing the causes like climate change, poverty, and inequalities, underpinning humanitarian crises.
Last year, 475 aid workers were attacked, where 108 were killed, 242 were wounded, and 125 were kidnapped. This year, the World Humanitarian Day, highlights the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people. Hence, the theme is “In the race against the climate crisis, we can’t leave anyone behind.” The climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that the humanitarian community and people at the front lines cannot manage.