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.
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.