World No - Tobacco Day

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Annually, the World Health Organization (WHO) holds the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, with the goal to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use, and how we can make the world tobacco free. This is especially important right now as studies show that smokers have a higher risk for a severe case of COVID-19 Pandemic. 
 
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 2005 (WHO FCTC) is a milestone in the promotion of public health. It is an evidence - based treaty that reaffirms the right of people to the highest standard of health. It provides the legal dimensions for international health cooperation, and sets high standards for compliance. Strengthening implementation of this treaty is specifically included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as Target 3.a.

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

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“United Nations peacekeeping helps nurture peace in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Today and every day, we salute the dedication and bravery of our peacekeepers in helping societies turn away from war and towards a safer, more stable future.” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
 
For over 70 years now, the United Nations Peacekeeping helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. That is why, annually on 29 May, we celebrate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. On this day we pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the organisation, and honour more than 4,000 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the United Nations flag since 1948. Even though the challenges and threats faced by the peacekeepers are even greater than ever, they continue to support and protect the people in the countries they are based in, despite the risk of COVID-19.

World Day For Cultural Diversity For Dialogue And Development

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The impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and development sector is being felt around the world. Major crises throughout history have often given rise to a renaissance of culture and an explosion of new forms of creativity, so vital for human progress. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together peacefully in a spirit of dialogue and openness.
 
Celebrating cultural diversity means opening up new perspectives for sustainable development and promoting creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship as sources of millions of jobs worldwide, particularly for young people. Culture is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, and moral life. Culture is a sustainable development accelerator whose potential has been recognised in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations.

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.