Date: Friday, 20 December 2024; 18th Anniversary
Founder: United Nations
International Human Solidarity Day is celebrated annually for the following purposes:
- to raise public awareness of the importance of promoting a global understanding of the value of human solidarity and advancing the international development agenda,
- to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication and promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
International Human Solidarity Day was observed for the first time on 20 December 2006.
On 22 December 2005, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed, by the resolution A/RES/60/209, that International Human Solidarity Day would be on December 20 each year.
In the United Nations Millennium Declaration, solidarity is identified as one of the fundamental and universal values of international relations, wherein those who either suffer or benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening international solidarity is indispensable.
How to celebrate the Day:
Every year, International Human Solidarity Day is an opportunity to promote the importance of sharing and the culture of solidarity to combat poverty. The day can be promoted through all forms of media including magazine articles, speeches at official events, web blogs, and social media campaigns from organizations, groups, or individuals committed to universal solidarity.
On the Day, governments are reminded of their commitments to international agreements on the need for human solidarity and are expected to respond the poverty and other barriers in society through Sustainable Development Goals. NGOs and individuals are encouraged to promote solidarity through different activities or campaigns, such as making health and medication accessible to those in need, relief efforts to help those who suffered the effects of natural or human-made disasters, contributing to education, and providing help to the poor.