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.
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.
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.
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!
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year on 17 June, since 1994, to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. This day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem solving, strong community involvement, and co-operation at all levels. Few days ago, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 was launched and aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.
As populations become larger, wealthier, and more urban, there is far greater demand for productive land to meet the demands of ten billion people by 2050, and lifestyles need to change. Fixing damaged ecosystems mitigates against climate change and bolsters nature’s defences against disasters and extreme weather events such as: wildfires, droughts, floods, and sand and dust storms. Restoring natural landscapes reduces close contact between wildlife and human settlements, creating a natural buffer against zoonotic diseases.