World Environment Day (WED) was established in 1972 but first held in 1974, which shows that concern about the environment goes back several decades at least. More than 140 countries take part in World Environment Day, and the day focuses on environmental concerns ranging from pollution to global warming and sustainable food production to protection of wildlife.
The World Environment Day 2020, hosted by Colombia, is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since its inception it has been celebrated every year on 5 June by engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. This year, the theme is “Biodiversity”, a concern that is both urgent and existential. Biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million species on the planet, from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria, the ecosystems that house them, and the genetic diversity among them.
The Global Day of Parents is an annual event that is celebrated on June 1 to honour all the parents around the world for being the anchor of their families and selflessly nurturing and protecting their children. This day was declared as the Global Day of Parents by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, with resolution A/RES/66/292. This was done to appreciate all parents for their lifelong sacrifice towards raising their children. Parents play a key role in the health, emotional wellbeing, and education of a child.
The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 8 million people a year around the world. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non -smokers being exposed to second - hand smoke.
Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) holds the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, with the goal to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use, and how we can make the world tobacco free. This is especially important right now as studies show that smokers have a higher risk for a severe case of COVID-19 Pandemic.
“As we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, we must do more to achieve women’s equal representation in all areas of peace and security. Together, let us continue to wage peace, defeat the pandemic and build a better future.“ — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the organisation and to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the United Nations flag since 1948, including 102 last year. This year, the challenges and threats faced by our peacekeepers are even greater than ever, as they, like people around the world, are not only having to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also support and protect the people in the countries they are based in. They are continuing their operations to the best of their abilities and supporting the governments and the local populations, despite the risk of COVID-19.
The impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector is being felt around the world. In these challenging times of mass confinement, billions of people are turning to culture as a source of comfort, wellbeing, and connection. There has been a surge in the creation of, and access to, cultural content online, from virtual visits to museums and galleries, streaming of films and even community choirs via social media, showing its fundamental role as a source of resilience for communities. Major crises throughout history have often given rise to a renaissance of culture and an explosion of new forms of creativity, so vital for human progress.