International Anti-Corruption Day

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The International Anti-Corruption Day is observed every year on 9th of November. No country, region, or community is immune to corruption and on this day we aim to raise awareness on the forms of corruption and highlight the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only global anti-corruption instrument that contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by fostering accountability, integrity, and transparency.
 
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. It also undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development, and contributes to governmental instability. Moreover, corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes.

International Volunteer Day for Economic Social Development

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The International Volunteer Day for Economic Social Development (IVD) is held each year on 5th of December. This day is viewed as an opportunity for us to celebrate all volunteers by recognising their efforts, sharing their values, and promoting 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.
 
Nowadays, 70 percent of volunteer work does not involve any organisation but happens informally between people in their communities. Volunteerism is important for everyone, young people included, as it enriches our society, brings us together as a community, and strengthens civic engagement. It also safeguards social inclusion, deepens solidarity, and solidifies ownership of development results. Volunteers are actors of change and equal partners in the attainment of local, national, and international progress towards sustainable human development and global peace.

International Day of Persons with Disalibilities

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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year on 3 December and promotes the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development. Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, peace, and security. Hence, it is vital to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
 
Today, the world population is over 7 billion people and more than one billion people, or approximately fifteen percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability, and eighty percent live in developing countries. An integrated approach is required to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind. Disability inclusion will result in COVID19 response and recovery that better serves everyone, more fully suppressing the virus, as well as building back better.

World AIDS Day

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The World AIDS Day is commemorated annually on 1 December. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to honour those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. The global HIV epidemic is not over and it is accelerating with a devastating impact on communities and countries. As the UNAIDS report shows, around the world 38 million people are living with HIV, the highest number ever. Yet a quarter do not know that they have the virus.
 
Knowing your HIV status has many advantages. It also enables people to make informed decisions about HIV prevention options, including services to prevent children from becoming infected with HIV, male and female condoms, harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, voluntary medical male circumcision and pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis. HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care services are all being disrupted particularly in countries with fragile heath systems.

International Day for the Eliminaton of Violence against Women

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed annually on 25th of November, and like previous years, it also launches the 16 days of activism that raises awareness on the continuing toll of gender-based violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Sadly, violence against women is 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.
 
Globally, it is estimated that one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Unlike an illness, violence is not inevitable and it can be prevented. As such, prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel in order to have long lasting and permanent effects. Efforts to prevent and end violence against women at the global, regional, and national levels show that there is widespread impunity on sexual violence and rape.