Dec 20: International Human Solidarity Day

Reminds Humanity Of Diverse Challenges We Collectively Face

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Dec 20: International Human Solidarity Day

Heaven Mail Global Bureau

The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.

Today as the world celebrates International Human Solidarity Day 2022, many grim challenges like climate change, war, violence, deforestation, loss of bio diversity are the major challenges faced by world .

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 encouraged to debate on ways to promote solidarity and find innovative methods to help eradicate poverty.

Areas That Need Focus

Activities may include promoting campaigns on issues such as:

* Combating terror organizations and groups

* Banning land mines.

* Making health and medication accessible to those in need.

* Relief efforts to help those who suffered the effects of natural or human-made disasters.

* Achieving universal education.

* Fighting against poverty, corruption

Platforms For Promotion

The day is promoted through all forms of media including magazine articles, speeches at official events, and web blogs from groups, individuals or organizations committed to universal solidarity.

Solidarity refers to a union of interests, purposes or sympathies among members of a group. 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 to achieve its Millennium Development Goals. 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.

On December 22, 2005, the UN General Assembly proclaimed that International Solidarity Day would take place on December 20 each year. The event 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 UN emblem may be found in material promoting International Human Solidarity Day. The emblem consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole. It depicts all continents except Antarctica and four concentric circles representing degrees of latitude. The projection is surrounded by images of olive branches, representing peace. The emblem is often blue, although it is printed in white on a blue background on the UN.

Trust Fund Of UNDP

The World Solidarity Fund was established in Feb 2003 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the objective to eradicate poverty and promote social and economic development in developing countries.

We have to remind ourselves that International Human Solidarity Day is that poverty is among the burning issues faced by humanity.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and the current cost-of-living crisis are accounted for, the data shows that 1.2 billion people in 111 developing countries live in acute multidimensional poverty. This is nearly double the number who are seen as poor when poverty is defined as living on less than $1.90 per day.

According to estimates, over a quarter of a billion people will be pushed into poverty in 2022, according to a new report by Oxfam, a global network of charitable organisations. The worldwide financial crisis will be mainly driven by the price inflation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The increasing poverty is not spread evenly across geographies, according to the data. Food costs account for 40 per cent of consumer spending in sub-Saharan African nations, while the same figure is half for those living in advanced economies.

If things are tough in industrialised economies, rocketing food prices are worsening poverty and suffering in poorer countries, from Haiti to Sudan and Lebanon to Sri Lanka.

Tsunami Of Hunger

The World Food Programme estimates an extra 70 million people worldwide have been driven closer to starvation since the start of the Ukraine war in what it calls a “tsunami of hunger”.

As a matter of fact, The United Nation’s creation brought the nations and people of the world together to promote human rights, social and economic development and peace. The organization was founded on the fundamentals of unity and harmony among its members. It is expressed in the concept of collective security that relies on the solidarity of its members to unite and maintain peace and security.

The International Human Solidarity Day offers people throughout the world a chance to stand as one human race in confronting the local and global challenges in a united manner.

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