International Solidarity Day

Solidarity refers to a union of interests, purposes or sympathies among members of a group and United Nations’ International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20th to celebrate unity in diversity. It came about in 2005, after the UN General Assembly proclaimed that International Solidarity Day would take place on December 20 each year. This event is aimed to raise people’s awareness of the importance of advancing the international development agenda and promoting global understanding of the value of human solidarity. The assembly felt that the promotion of a culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing was important in combating poverty.

The day also aims to remind people about the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty. On International Human Solidarity Day, governments are reminded of their commitments to international agreements on the need for human solidarity as an initiative to fight against poverty. People are also encouraged to debate on ways to promote solidarity and find innovative methods to help eradicate poverty. Activities may include promoting campaigns on issues such as:

Banning land mines.
Making health and medication accessible to those in need.
Organizing Relief efforts to help those who suffered the effects of natural or human-made disasters.
Achieving universal education.
Fighting against poverty, corruption and terrorism.
In the Millennium Declaration world leaders agreed that solidarity was a value that was important to international relations in the 21st century. In light of globalization and growing inequality, the UN realized that strong international solidarity and cooperation was needed. The UN was founded on the idea unity and harmony via the concept of collective security that relies on its members’ solidarity to unite for international peace and security.

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