International Women’s Day 2021 – Women in Leadership

Women and the Pandemic
Despite women making up a majority of front-line workers, there is disproportionate and inadequate representation of women in national and global COVID-19 policy spaces.
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International Women’s Day comes around every year on March 8th. This year, the contribution of women in response to the Covid -19 pandemic has been highlighted: where women lead, women achieve better results, faster. There is also the question of gender equality, one of the Sustainable Development Goals. The world needs to advance the cause of women in humankind’s many endeavours.

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International Women’s Day 2021 theme – “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”

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UN Women announces the theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021 as, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice

On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that, starting from 2008, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice. It invited Member States to:

devote this special day to the promotion, at the national level, of concrete activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly.

This year the World Day of Social Justice takes a focus on Digital Inequalities and how changes to human work by digital infrastructure needs to ensure that people are not threatened of losing their jobs due to information ICTs and access to the internet, deepening existing inequalities.

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Ending Female Genital Mutilation by 2030

Support for victims of FGM

The United Nations observes a number of days celebrating human rights, children, world habitat, and the widely celebrated World Day of Peace. You may view a list of United Nations Observances.

On the 6th of February each year, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations observes International Day of Zero Tolerance Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting.

Zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation means the practice should not be tolerated for any reason, no matter the type, who is doing it and on whom.

Female Genital Mutilation which involves the removal of part, or all, of the female genitalia has been recognised as a serious form of violence against women and girls.

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International Day of Human Fraternity

International Day of Human Fraternity

The United Nations has approved the initiative of proclamation of 4th February as “International Day for Human Fraternity,” beginning in 2021. The 4th of February 2021 will be the first international observance.

The initiative was introduced by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The resolution acknowledges specifically the meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the His Eminence Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayyib, on 4th February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, which resulted in the signing of the “Document on Human fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.”

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UN World Day of Tolerance

United Nations LogoThe United Nations World Day of Tolerance is celebrated worldwide each year on 16 November. The United Nations Declaration on Principles of Tolerance seeks to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person… and for these ends to practise tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours.”

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United Nations at 75

United Nations at 75In 1945, 51 nations signed up to the UN Charter, and the United Nations was born. The United Nations serves as a global forum where countries can raise and discuss the most difficult issues, including problems of war and peace. In addition to maintaining international peace and security, the UN protects human rights, delivers humanitarian aid, promotes sustainable development and upholds international law. Here we look to the work of the UN as it engages the world’s inhabitants as to what future they want to see happen with the UN.

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United Nations Day

United Nations Day

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the United Nations Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

There is no other global organization with the legitimacy, convening power and normative impact of the United Nations. Today, the urgency for all countries to come together, to fulfil the promise of the nations united, has rarely been greater.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. This year, 2020, the United Nations will observe its 75th anniversary. There has been much consultation for UN 75, which will be taken up.

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International Day of Non-Violence

knotted gunFriday, 2 October is International Day of Non-violence. It is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is the mightiest weapon devised by ingenuity of Man, Mahatma Gandhi said. It is also a human value which guides human behaviour and leads to peace and integrity.

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World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day

The International Maritime Organisation is a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. It is responsible for the operation of the Law of the Sea Convention. This agency auspices the international World Maritime Day each year on September 24. For year 2020, the theme is Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet.

The maritime sector, which includes shipping, ports and the people that operate them, plays a significant role helping sovereign nations to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability ashore through promoting trade by sea; enhancing the port and maritime sector as wealth creators both on land and, through developing a sustainable blue economy, at sea.

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UN International Day of Peace

UN International Day of Peace 202021st of September every year is the World Day of Peace, as established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the theme for International Day of Peace is Shaping Peace Together. The Coronavirus has placed many challenges before every nation to work together for a solution. Peace is found outside, when there is peace on the inside. Hence, inner peace and self-satisfaction are important for inner peace and world peace.

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International Literacy Day 2020

International day of Literacy 2020The 8th of September was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year, this observance focuses on Literacy, Education and Covid-19

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International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

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This commemoration day was adopted by consensus at the UN General Assembly on May 13, 2019 in order to condemn continuing violence and acts of terrorism targeting individuals, including persons belonging to religious minorities, on the basis of or in the name of religion or belief. This day is celebrated annually on August 22nd.

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World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. World Humanitarian Day is celebrated each year on August 19th. The United Nations has an Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid.

Humanitarianism is an active belief in the value of human life, whereby humans practice benevolent treatment and provide assistance to other humans, in order to improve the conditions of humanity for moral, altruistic and logical reasons.

Humanitarianism might be summarised as Help Ever, Hurt never, Love All, Serve All.

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UN World Day of Indigenous Peoples

UN World Day of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples, today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognises that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and ways of life.

To raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1982.

To look at the spiritual essence of human beings, all humans possess a soul, called the Atma. All peoples are illuminated within by the atma, for the intellect, the source of intelligence and mind, is nearest to the soul and gives over 80% illumination to the intelligence. Where society and culture mark a difference in human life, colour of skin does not make for any difference.

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