World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated annually to 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. Today also marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the critical role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for continued functioning of societies and also brought to the fore the startling digital inequalities between and within countries. Hence, the theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2021 is “Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times” and it is an opportunity for governments and other stakeholders to continue to push for digital transformation by promoting national strategies on ICT development, smart policies to encourage investments, cooperation, and partnership.

International Day of Families

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Each year, 15th May is observed worldwide as the International Day of Families. In 1993, the UN General Assembly decided in resolution (A/RES/47/237) to proclaim this date as an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. On this Day, we want to stress out the importance of having healthy and happy familial relationships.
 
The approaches to family policies for inclusive and equal societies vary around the world. In some regions emphasis is placed on the social inclusion of various types of families and/or individuals such as: migrant, refugees, indigenous families, ethnic minorities, or families with persons with disabilities. In other regions, the primary emphasis is placed on social protection for vulnerable families to facilitate their full inclusion in the mainstream of society.

World Press Freedom Day

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At a time when we are mired in worry and uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, verified and reliable information is essential to help us face, understand, and overcome this crisis. We must consider the vital importance of information in this situation. Informing the public means, giving everyone the means of combatting the pandemic by adopting appropriate practices.
 
Today is World Press Freedom Day, and on this day we would like to inform everyone 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.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign that promotes safe, healthy, and decent work. Held on 28 April, this day focuses on addressing the prevention of accidents and diseases at work, and it stimulates national tripartite dialogue on safety and health at work. It also raise awareness on the adoption of safe practices in workplaces, and the role that occupational safety and health (OSH) services play.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of the world of work, from the risk of transmission of the virus in workplaces, to occupational safety and health (OSH) risks that have emerged as a result of measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Shifts to new forms of working arrangements, such as the widespread reliance on teleworking, have, for example, presented many opportunities for workers but also posed potential OSH risks, including psychosocial risks and violence in particular.

World Book and Copyright Day

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Each year, on the 23 April, celebrations on World Book and Copyright Day take place all over the world in order to recognise the magical power of books, a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. Through reading we could open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination.
 
At a time when most of the educational institutions are still close, and people are having to limit time spent out of their homes, now more than ever, the power of books can be leveraged to combat isolation, to reinforce ties between people, and to expand their horizons, while stimulating their minds and creativity. Hence, on this day we wish to encourage young people to continuously appreciate books and treasure the knowledge and value obtained by reading them.