International Anti-Corruption Day

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“Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust. It is even more damaging in times of crisis – as the world is experiencing now with the COVID-19 pandemic. The response to the virus is creating new opportunities to exploit weak oversight and inadequate transparency, diverting funds away from people in their hour of greatest need.” – United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres
 
The International Anti-Corruption Day is observed every year on the 9th of November as a way of raising awareness of corruption and highlighting the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region, or community is immune. Corruption impacts the poorest and most vulnerable in society the hardest.

International Volunteer Day for Economic Social Development

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“On International Volunteer Day, I appeal to all governments to promote volunteering, support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteers deserve our heartfelt thanks.” – Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of United Nations
 
The International Volunteer Day for Economic Social Development (IVD) is held each year on 5th of December. This day is viewed as a unique chance for us to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among communities, non-governmental organisations, government authorities, and the private sector. This is the day to express our utmost appreciation to the volunteers for their tireless and priceless contribution.

International Day of Persons with Disalibilities

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“As the world recovers from the pandemic, we must ensure that the aspirations and rights of persons with disabilities are included and accounted for in a -inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world. This vision will only be achieved through active consultation with persons with disabilities and their representative organizations.” - António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
 
This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be commemorated throughout the week of 30 November - 4 December in conjunction with the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This day aims to promote the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and increases awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

World AIDS Day

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“Health is a human right. Health must be a top investment priority to achieve universal health coverage. On this World AIDS Day let us recognize that, to overcome COVID-19 and end AIDS, the world must stand in solidarity and share responsibility." United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Every year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status.

International Dar for the Eliminiation of Violence against Women

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on 25th of November yearly. This observance raises awareness of the continuing toll of gender-based violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, emerging data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
 
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against women was one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating violations of human rights, with almost 18 percent of women and girls experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. This year, during the first few weeks of the pandemic isolation, calls to violence against women helplines increased up to five fold, and for every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence.