The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organises events for World Environment Day (WED) promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This day, established in 1972, shows that concern about the environment goes back to several decades at least. Since its inception it has been celebrated every year on 5 June by engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, civil societies, and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
More than 150 countries take part in World Environment Day, and the day focuses on environmental concerns ranging from pollution to global warming, and sustainable food production to protection of wildlife. The World Environment Day 2021, hosted by Pakistan, is the most renowned day for environmental action. This year’s theme is “Ecosystem Restoration”, assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. Maintaining the environmental integrity is the responsibility of every individual within the society, youth inclusive.
The importance of family is celebrates also through the Global Day of Parents, an annual event that takes place on June 1 to honour all the parents around the world for being the anchor of their families and selflessly nurturing and protecting their children. This day was declared as the Global Day of Parents by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, with resolution A/RES/66/292. This was done to appreciate all parents for their lifelong sacrifice towards raising their children.
On this Day we recognise all parents, as they continue to take on greater responsibilities to grow their families, restore our communities and make sure that our societies thrive. Parents play a key role in the health, emotional wellbeing, and education of a child. They also responsible for the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
Annually, the World Health Organization (WHO) holds the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, with the goal to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use, and how we can make the world tobacco free. This is especially important right now as studies show that smokers have a higher risk for a severe case of COVID-19 Pandemic.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 2005 (WHO FCTC) is a milestone in the promotion of public health. It is an evidence - based treaty that reaffirms the right of people to the highest standard of health. It provides the legal dimensions for international health cooperation, and sets high standards for compliance. Strengthening implementation of this treaty is specifically included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as Target 3.a.
“United Nations peacekeeping helps nurture peace in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Today and every day, we salute the dedication and bravery of our peacekeepers in helping societies turn away from war and towards a safer, more stable future.” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
For over 70 years now, the United Nations Peacekeeping helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. That is why, annually on 29 May, we celebrate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. On this day we pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the organisation, and honour more than 4,000 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the United Nations flag since 1948. Even though the challenges and threats faced by the peacekeepers are even greater than ever, they continue to support and protect the people in the countries they are based in, despite the risk of COVID-19.
The impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and development sector is being felt around the world. 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. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together peacefully in a spirit of dialogue and openness.
Celebrating cultural diversity means opening up new perspectives for sustainable development and promoting creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship as sources of millions of jobs worldwide, particularly for young people. Culture is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, and moral life. Culture is a sustainable development accelerator whose potential has been recognised in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations.