World Press Freedom Day

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The World Press Freedom Day is observed annually on 3 May and aims to inform everyone that freedom of press and expression are fundamental human rights. It was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference. 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.
 
In times of crisis, the importance of accurate and reliable journalism cannot be overstated. Yet, since 1993 more than 1380 journalists have been killed ‘in the line of duty’ or merely for the fact of being a journalist. Hence, securing a free and independent media and ensuring journalism without fear or favour are therefore more than ever essential for democracy to survive. This Day calls attention to the essential role of free and professional journalists in producing and disseminating this information, by tackling misinformation and other harmful content.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April and it promotes safe, healthy, and decent work for all. 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.
 
Each of us is responsible for stopping deaths and injuries on the job. Sadly, every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work related diseases more than 2.3 million deaths per year. 317 million accidents occur on the job annually, many of these resulting in extended absences from work. We have learned from past crisis that workplaces can be of vital importance to prevent and control outbreaks.

World Book and Copyright Day

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The World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated globally on 23 April and it promotes the joy and benefits of reading. Through reading we could open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination. On this Day we need to recognise the magical power of books, a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. 
 
This date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books. Especially nowadays, 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. We can only champion books and copyright by standing up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge.

World Mother Earth Day

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The World Mother Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April and it reminds us that the Earth and its ecosystem provide us with life and sustenance. This Day provides us an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the wellbeing of the planet and all the life it supports. Moreover, this is the first Mother Earth Day celebrated within the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
 
Platforms like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Rio Declaration, and Paris Agreement do encourage international cooperation among all stakeholders on climate change education, training, awareness, participation, and access to information. Time has come for us to remind ourselves that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.  

World Creativity and Innovation Day

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The World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated annually on 21 April in order to raise awareness on the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development. 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. Nowadays, creativity and innovation have become the true wealth of every nation.

After the challenging times that we all been through, there could not be a better time to appreciate the creative economy, which includes designs, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts, is a highly transformative sector of the world economy in terms of income generation, job creation, and export earnings.According to the Report “Reshaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good”, the crisis generated by the pandemic led the Gross Value Added in the cultural and leisure sectors to decrease by US$ 750 billion, and 10 million jobs were lost in 2020. This day is well positioned to encourage creative multidisciplinary thinking to help us achieve the sustainable future we want.