The World Mother Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystem provide us with life and sustenance. This Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the wellbeing of the planet and all the life it supports. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Rio Declaration, and Paris Agreement encourage international cooperation among all stakeholders on climate change education, training, awareness, participation, and access to information.
The theme of the day this year is “Restore Our Earth”, an opportunity for all of us to commit to the hard work of restoring our planet and making peace with nature.We need to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and environmental degradation and the need for immediate action. Unless every country in the world steps up, and steps up with urgency and ambition, we are consigning current and future generations to a dangerous future. Let us remind more than ever in this World Mother Earth Day that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.
Nowadays, creativity and innovation have become the true wealth of every nation. Even though there may be no universal understanding of creativity, the concept is open to interpretation from artistic expression to problem solving in the context of economic, social, and sustainable development. Therefore, the United Nations designated 21 April as World Creativity and Innovation Day in order to raise awareness on the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.
The World Creativity and Innovation Day encourages everyone to imagine a different world with different solutions. This day provides us an excuse to try to solve old problems in new ways with the potential of finding better and more effective ways to accomplish our goals. Innovation, creativity, and mass entrepreneurship can provide new momentum for economic growth and job creation. It can expand opportunities for everyone, including women and youth.
The celebration of the World Health Day is taking place, every year, on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to draw the mass people attention towards the importance of global health. This Day aims to create awareness of specific health themes and over the past 5 decades, this day has brought to light important health issues such as: mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change.
As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.Hence, the theme for the World Health Day is ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’ and among other issues it urges leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.
The United Nations have proclaimed the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 06, and is celebrated annually to promote peace through sports. Values of sports like tolerance, fairness, teamwork, and mutual respect support a peaceful living together in solidarity. It is a day when some sport and development actors work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly youth.
Sport activities and events have been particularly affected by the necessary health measures and restrictions imposed in countries around the world. Despite this challenge, this day remains a great opportunity for the sport and development community to showcase the ways sport has been helping countries, communities, and individuals to navigate these challenging times and build back better. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes healthy lifestyles and focuses on giving as many people as possible access to sport. Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance, and justice.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on 21st March yearly, to remind everyone of the consequences of racial discrimination and also encourages people to remember their obligation to combat racial discrimination. It is a day of great significance in the history of the struggle to end the policy of Apartheid which segregated people on the basis of their race and skin colour as well as denied the basic human rights of the minority.
Racial discrimination is a poison that diminishes individuals and societies, perpetuates inequality and feeds anger, bitterness, and violence. The fight against racism and all forms of discrimination is a mainstay of peace and social cohesion, especially in our increasingly diverse societies. On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, WAY calls on young people, member organisations, and partners to step up their efforts to build a more inclusive, more giving, and fairer world.