World Health Day

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The World Health Day is celebrated, every year, on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organisation (WHO) to draw attention towards the importance of global health. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the healing power of science and also highlighted the inequities in our world. This pandemic has also revealed the weaknesses in all areas of society, and at the same time underlined the urgency of creating sustainable well-being societies committed to achieving equitable health now and for future generations without breaching ecological limits.
 
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. Among other issues, this day reminds world leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is celebrated annually on 6 April, and it aims to promote the values of sports like tolerance, fairness, teamwork, and mutual respect for a peaceful living, in solidarity. It is the Day where sport and development actors work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly youth.
 
Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance, and justice. Unfortunately, for the past two years, sport activities and events have been particularly affected by the necessary health measures and restrictions imposed in countries around the world. Despite the recent challenges, 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. 

World Water Day

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The World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. On this Day we celebrate water and raise awareness of the billions of people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.
 
Water is an essential building block of life. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. Water is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health. The theme for this year’s World Water Day is ‘Groundwater, making the invisible visible’ and it will focus on groundwater being an invisible resource with an impact visible everywhere.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on 21 March yearly, to remind everyone of the consequences of racial discrimination and also encourages people to remember their obligation in combating racial discrimination. 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.
 
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Voices for action against racism” and it highlights the importance of strengthening meaningful and safe public participation and representation in all areas of decision-making to prevent and combat racial discrimination; reaffirming the importance of full respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and of protecting civic space; and recognising the contribution of individuals and organisations that stand up against racial discrimination and the challenges they face.

International Day of Happiness

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The International Day of Happiness is observed annually on 20 March and is celebrated as a way to recognise the importance of wellbeing in the lives of people around the world. The need for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic and social growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness, and the wellbeing of all people, should be the fundamental human goal.
 
Happiness is a universal human right and this day aims to reduce global inequalities, end poverty, and protect the planet for future generations. In these challenging times that the world is going through right now, wellbeing matters more than ever. Let us all unite and win the fight against these unprecedented challenges by being safe, informed, and kind to one another. Happiness is a sense of wellbeing, joy or contentment, and a lifestyle, whose importance and interpretation cannot be standardised.