World Book and Copyright Day

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The World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated globally on 23 April and it promotes the joy and benefits of reading. Through reading we could open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination. On this Day we need to recognise the magical power of books, a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. 
 
This date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books. Especially nowadays, 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. We can only champion books and copyright by standing up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge.

World Mother Earth Day

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The World Mother Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April and it reminds us that the Earth and its ecosystem provide us with life and sustenance. This Day provides us an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the wellbeing of the planet and all the life it supports. Moreover, this is the first Mother Earth Day celebrated within the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
 
Platforms like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Rio Declaration, and Paris Agreement do encourage international cooperation among all stakeholders on climate change education, training, awareness, participation, and access to information. Time has come for us to remind ourselves that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.  

World Creativity and Innovation Day

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The World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated annually on 21 April in order to raise awareness on the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development. 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. Nowadays, creativity and innovation have become the true wealth of every nation.

After the challenging times that we all been through, there could not be a better time to appreciate the creative economy, which includes designs, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts, is a highly transformative sector of the world economy in terms of income generation, job creation, and export earnings.According to the Report “Reshaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good”, the crisis generated by the pandemic led the Gross Value Added in the cultural and leisure sectors to decrease by US$ 750 billion, and 10 million jobs were lost in 2020. This day is well positioned to encourage creative multidisciplinary thinking to help us achieve the sustainable future we want.

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.