At a time when we are mired in worry and uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, verified and reliable information is essential to help us face, understand, and overcome this crisis. We must consider the vital importance of information in this situation. Informing the public means, giving everyone the means of combatting the pandemic by adopting appropriate practices.
Today is World Press Freedom Day, and on this day we would like to inform everyone that freedom of the press and expression are fundamental human rights. 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.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign that promotes safe, healthy, and decent work. Held on 28 April, 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of the world of work, from the risk of transmission of the virus in workplaces, to occupational safety and health (OSH) risks that have emerged as a result of measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Shifts to new forms of working arrangements, such as the widespread reliance on teleworking, have, for example, presented many opportunities for workers but also posed potential OSH risks, including psychosocial risks and violence in particular.
Each year, on the 23 April, celebrations on World Book and Copyright Day take place all over the world in order to recognise the magical power of books, a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. Through reading we could open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination.
At a time when most of the educational institutions are still close, and people are having to limit time spent out of their homes, now more than ever, 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. Hence, on this day we wish to encourage young people to continuously appreciate books and treasure the knowledge and value obtained by reading them.
The World Mother Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystem provide us with life and sustenance. This Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the wellbeing of the planet and all the life it supports. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Rio Declaration, and Paris Agreement encourage international cooperation among all stakeholders on climate change education, training, awareness, participation, and access to information.
The theme of the day this year is “Restore Our Earth”, an opportunity for all of us to commit to the hard work of restoring our planet and making peace with nature.We need to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and environmental degradation and the need for immediate action. Unless every country in the world steps up, and steps up with urgency and ambition, we are consigning current and future generations to a dangerous future. Let us remind more than ever in this World Mother Earth Day that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.
Nowadays, creativity and innovation have become the true wealth of every nation. 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. Therefore, the United Nations designated 21 April as World Creativity and Innovation Day in order to raise awareness on the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.
The World Creativity and Innovation Day encourages everyone to imagine a different world with different solutions. This day provides us an excuse to try to solve old problems in new ways with the potential of finding better and more effective ways to accomplish our goals. Innovation, creativity, and mass entrepreneurship can provide new momentum for economic growth and job creation. It can expand opportunities for everyone, including women and youth.