Archive for the ‘Social issues’ Category

World Refugee Day
June 20, 2010

World Refugee Day was set on this date by the UN General Assembly to coincide with Africa Refugee Day as an expression of solidarity with the continent which hosts the most refugees. This celebration aims to sensitize us of the situation of refugees throughout the world.

Campaign for World Refugee Day

For more information visit the UN Refugee Agency website.

Here is a video showing António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, explaining the current situation of refugees and encouraging us to support refugees through humanitarian organizations.

Angelina Jolie, goodwill ambassador of world refugee day, asks us not to forget about refugees who desperately need our help.

International Day of the African Child
June 16, 2010

The reason behind this celebration is well written on the website of the Human Rights Education Associates:

In Soweto, South Africa, thousands of black school children took to the streets in 1976, in a march more than half a mile long, to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot down; and in the two weeks of protest that followed, more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand were injured.

In memory of the children killed that day, African child Day initiated by the Organization for African Unity, is celebrated each year. It also remembers us of the hostile environment in which thousands of African children are still living (surviving) today.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
June 4, 2010

This event was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1982. It’s an occasion to commemorate the innocent children victims of aggression throughout the world.

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
May 29, 2010

The UN General Assembly describes this celebration as “an observance to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”

For more information about the activities of the UN Peacekeepers visit: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/.

Blue Helmets

European Neighbours’ Day, National Multiple Birth Awareness Day, World Play Day, Don’t Fry Day
May 28, 2010

On European Neighbours’ Day we are all encouraged to invite our neighbours for a drink, a BBQ or even just a chat and have a good time. This years it’s the 10th edition of the event as it was launched in Paris in 2000. Check out the website: http://www.european-neighbours-day.com/ for tips and pictures of previous editions.

In Canada it’s the National Multiple Birth Awareness Day today. The event was established in 2005, the birth year of the Dionne quintuplets, and is organized each year to help us understand the challenges that brings a multiple-birth to the new borns and their families. Fore more info, visit http://www.multiplebirthscanada.org/english/awareness.php.

World Play Day is also celebrated each year on this date to emphasize the importance of playing in children’s (and adults’ !) lives. Children learn to talk, make friends, exercise, … through play. Take a look at the WPD website: http://www.itla-toylibraries.org/wpdv.htm.

Playing is very important for children

And in the US the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention organizes Don’t Fry Day to encourage us to protect our skin in the sun now that the summer is on its way. (http://www.skincancerprevention.org/Events/DontFryDay/tabid/113/Default.aspx)


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21, 2010

This day, proclaimed ‘Diversity Day’ by the General Assembly of the United Nations, is an opportunity for all of us to appreciate the differences in each other’s cultures and to learn to “live together” better.

UNESCO also reminds us of the relationship between culture and development in which information and dialogue play an important role.

Diversity colors our world!

National day of Hatred in Cambodia
May 20, 2010

This event is held each year to commemorate the mass murders perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. Approximately 1,7 million people died from disease, starvation or execution.

Today the Cambodians are encouraged to express and channel their hatred.

All over the country, reenactments of the mass murders take place

International Workers’ Day
May 1, 2010

Today,  also known as Labor Day or May Day, we celebrate the billions of workers throughout the world. Some of them are way to young to be working and/or work in harmful circumstances.

Worker’s Memorial Day
April 28, 2010

Today we remember the billions of workers who were injured, disabled or killed because of their profession.

For more information visit the website of the International Labour Organisation.

http://www.ilo.org/global/lang–en/index.htm