World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

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The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is observed annually on July 30 to raise awareness about human trafficking and to promote and protect the rights of trafficking victims. People are trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced begging, forced marriage, for selling children and as child soldiers, as well as for removal of organs. Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights.
 
Every year, thousands of men, women, and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. The 2020 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons draws on data from 148 countries and explores issues of particular relevance in the current crisis, including the impact of socio-economic factors, drivers of child trafficking and trafficking for forced labour, and traffickers’ use of the internet.

World Youth Skills Day

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The World Youth Skills Day is observed annually on 15 July and focuses on the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship. 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. This day will highlight the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis.
 
Prior to the current crisis, young people aged 15-24 were three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and often faced a prolonged school-to-work transition period. In post-pandemic societies, young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, and they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.

World Population Day

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The World Population Day is celebrated on July 11, every year, with the aim to focus the world’s attention on the importance of population issues. It took hundreds of thousands of years for the world population to grow to 1 billion, then in just another 200 years or so, it grew sevenfold. This day covers a lot issues from different territories, from family planning, gender equality, and environmental impacts to human rights concerns.
 
On this year's World Population Day focus shall be on “Rights and choices are the answer: Whether baby boom or bust, the solution to shifting fertility rates lies in prioritizing the reproductive health and rights of all people”. The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) calls for prioritising reproductive health and rights for all through access to information and services in the face of fertility and demographic shifts.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is marked annually on 26 June to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse. This day recognises the severe impact that illicit drugs have on health, development, peace, and security. By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the United Nations’ General Assembly decided to observe this day as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
 
World Drug Day is used to stimulate a sense of responsibility among people around the world, especially young people and teenagers. According to the latest World Drug Report, around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018, which is 30 per cent more than in 2009, while over 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders. For more than two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organised crime, corruption and terrorism. They are committed to achieving health, security, and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them.

World Refugee Day

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The World Refugee Day is celebrated on 20th of June, annually, to support millions of families all over the world who have lost their homes and dear ones because of violence or war. The day was established by the General Assembly of United Nations for the refugees to honor them for their courage of facing lots of problems after losing homes due to conflict or violence and their contributions to their communities. This day celebration provides an opportunity to all of us to help the refugees worldwide in rebuilding their quality lives through lots of related activities.
 
Many refugees are in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters. Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror. Refugees are among the most vulnerable people in the world. The rights contained in the 1951 Convention include: The right not to be expelled, except under certain, strictly defined conditions; The right not to be punished for illegal entry into the territory of a contracting State; The right to work; The right to housing; The right to education; The right to public relief and assistance; The right to freedom of religion; The right to access the courts; The right to freedom of movement within the territory; The right to be issued identity and travel documents. All these rights and more should apply to refugees!