International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

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The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People takes place every year on 9th of August and demands indigenous peoples’ inclusion, participation, and approval in the constitution of a system with social and economic benefits for all. Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries, they speak 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.
 
Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct people. As we fight against the spread of the pandemic, it is more important than ever to safeguard indigenous peoples and their knowledge. Their territories are home to 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity and they can teach us much about how to rebalance our relationship with nature and reduce the risk of future pandemics.

International Day of Friendship

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The International Day of Friendship is celebrated annually on 30 July with the idea that friendship between people, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The Friendship Day was originally created by the greeting card industry and was promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1919, then proclaimed by the United Nations’ General Assembly.

This day is observed not only on the recognition of friendship in the general sense but also its relevance and noble value that friendship has in the sentiment and lives of human beings around the world. Today, our world faces many challenges, crises, and forces of division like poverty, violence, and human rights abuses among many others that undermine peace, security, development, and social harmony among the people.

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.