World Food Day

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World Food Day
 
The World Food Day is celebrated on the 16th of October and promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. This year the World Food Day marks the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
 
This annual celebration raises awareness of the crucial need for successful agriculture policies that should be implemented by governments across the world in order to ensure ample food availability for everyone. Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger, but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. The theme of the World Food Day 2020 is “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.” and it calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start making food systems more resilient and robust for everyone.

International Day for Disaster Reduction

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION
 
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was initiated on 1989, after a call by the United Nations’ General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. Held annually on 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
 
Every two years, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) works with thinkers, practitioners, experts and innovators to investigate the state of risk across the globe: highlighting what’s new, spotting emerging trends, revealing disturbing patterns, examining behaviour, and presenting progress in reducing risk. The findings make up the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.

World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day
 
“COVID-19 has interrupted essential mental health services around the world just when they’re needed most… World leaders must move fast and decisively to invest more in life-saving mental health programmes - during the pandemic and beyond.” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO)
 
Since 1992, the World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Given past experience of emergencies, it is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years.

World Habitat Day

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World Habitat Day
 
“The urgency of improving living conditions has been brought to the fore by COVID-19, which has devastated the lives of millions in cities. Access to clean water and sanitation, along with social distancing, are key responses to the pandemic. Yet in slums it has proved difficult to implement these measures. This means an increased risk of infection, not only within slums, but in whole cities.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
 
In 1985 the United Nations designated the first Monday of October every year as the World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of the towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. As COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, people have been told to stay at home, but this simple measure is impossible for people who do not have adequate housing. Having an adequate home is now, more than ever, a matter of life and death. Hence, the World Habitat Day 2020 theme is “Housing For All — A Better Urban Future”.

International Day of Non-Violence

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International Day of Non-Violence

“We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word, and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.” - Mahatma Gandhi

The name of Mahatma Gandhi transcends the bounds of race, religion, and nation-states. Today, on 2 October, we celebrate the birthday of a man who helped bring forward the notion of “non-violence”. He is also remembered for his passionate adherence to the practice of nonviolence and supreme humanism.

On the International Day of Non-Violence, created by the United Nations in 2007, we look back on how Gandhi’s work and legacy has impacted global non-violent protests, marches, and vigils. This day is recognised and commemorated as a means of reaffirming the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, and understanding.