International Yoga Day

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International Yoga Day is celebrated worldwide on 20 June of each year. Yoga is an ancient tradition which has many applications. Individuals practice yoga all over the world, and gain benefit the asana poses and excercises bestow. Other forms of yoga still the mind within, and grant inner peace and stillness. The United Nations proclaimed International Day of Yoga in 2014. The day is growing in popularity each year. This year, due Covid-19 and social distancing in various nations, there may be some restrictions on mass public yoga events.

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World Oceans Day, 2021

World Oceans Day, 2021

The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is the theme for World Oceans Day 2021, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030. The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.

The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.

Even though all its benefits, the ocean is now in need of support.

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Global Day of Parents

Global Day of Parents

Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognises that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. Sri Sathya Sai Baba says that parents are “pay-rents” and that we should pay the rent of respect to our parents.

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Vesak Day

Buddha idolBuddhists all over the world will celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha today, May 26, a day that is also a public holiday in many south asian nations. However, Vesak Day this year will be a lot more muted once again considering the rise in community Covid-19 cases in these countries. Many public places, including places of worship, have had to stop in-person events and reduce their occupancies significantly. This means that many of the rituals, processions and temple visits that normally happen on Vesak Day will not be able to go on as planned. Despite the changes, Vesak Day is still an incredibly special day for Buddhists.

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentMay 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Covid-19 had had significant impact on Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development. We look to the origin of this day, and what Sri Sathya Sai Baba tells about culture.

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International Day of Light

International Day of LightThe International Day of Light is be held on May 16th every year, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. The laser is a perfect example of how a scientific discovery can yield revolutionary benefits to society in communications, healthcare and many other fields. The International Day of Light is not just about lasers and science. It also includes aspects of art, culture, entertainment – everywhere light is present in fact!

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International Day of Conscience

International Day of ConscienceApril 5 is celebrated all around the world as International Day of Conscience. Declared by the United Nations, this day is observed in order to self-reflect on our life and try and do the right things all the time. The purpose behind this was simple. People’s conscience helps to act upon certain situations in the best way possible. it also empowers to do better in society.

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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.
Photo:WHO / P. Phutpheng
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”

UN Women - International Women's Day 2021
Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan.

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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