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June 17: WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT

Desertification occurs when previously fertile land becomes desert through deforestation, drought, or improper agriculture. These areas are often home to some of the most vulnerable people and ecosystems. Many expert reports have also highlighted the link between the current pandemic and ecological damage. Desertification, along with the pandemic, is a double whammy on the poorest of the poor in the world, which sets us decades back in achieving our Sustainable Development Goals.

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June 16: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILY REMITTANCES

Remittance flows have increased five-fold over the past twenty years, but COVID-19 has been a formidable test for global remittances. Remittances act as a lifeline for low-income and fragile states where dependents back home rely on remittances to meet their basic needs. It is important that the role of remittances is recognized in people’s well-being, especially during this pandemic, as they enable many families to achieve their own ‘SDGs.’

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June 15, WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

June 15 is marked as World Elder Abuse Awareness. The UN General Assembly officially recognized this day and the same in its resolution 66/127 in December 2011. This day brings forth the need to voice opposition against the abuse and suffering inflicted upon the older generation.

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June 14, WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

A single blood donation by a healthy person can save more than one life and provides access to safe blood and blood products to people in dire need. June 14 is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day all across the globe. This day raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank all the voluntary and unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift.

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June 12, WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR

Children are indeed the most valuable resource, and all nations must focus on the overall growth and development of children. However, one out of ten children worldwide is engaged in child labor, which poses a threat to the nation at large and the economy and has a long-lasting impact on the physical and mental health of the child.

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JUNE 8- WORLD OCEANS DAY

Education and advocacy to achieve sustainable, balanced, and environmentally friendly development is one of the focal goals and activities of the Roya Institute for Global Justice. For this reason, we cherish global occasions and local initiatives in this regard. World Oceans Day is one of these momentous occasions.

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June 7: WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY

World food safety day focuses on access to safe food and the prevention of food borne diseases, which in turn contributes to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, access to the markets, tourism and sustainable development. With the onslaught of Novel Coronavirus, this day becomes even more important to raise awareness against any transmission through unsafe food practises.

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June 5: World Environment Day

World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, which had resulted from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974, the first WED was held with the theme “Only One Earth.”

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June 4: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

In recent years, the number of violations perpetrated against children have, in many conflict zones, increased. More needs to be done to protect the 250 million children living in countries and areas affected by conflict. More must be done to protect children from targeting by violent extremists, to promote international humanitarian and human rights law, and to ensure accountability for violations of the rights of children.

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MAY 29: International Day of Un Peacekeepers

Tens of thousands of young peacekeepers (aged between 18 to 19 years) are at present deployed around the world to help missions implement their mandated activities, including the protection of civilians. The challenges and threats faced by them are even more significant today, given that they are having to cope with the COVID -19 pandemic while continuing to provide their support and protection to millions navigating their path from conflict to peace.

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MAY 23: INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END OBSTETRIC FISTULA

An obstetric fistula is an injury caused during childbirth where a hole is created between the birth canal and bladder and/or rectum. It is caused by prolonged, obstructed labor without access to timely, high-quality medical treatment. It leaves women with incontinence problems and often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation, and deepening poverty. Hundreds of thousands of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, Latin America, and the Caribbean live with this injury. This problem is preventable; it can largely be avoided by delaying the age of first pregnancy, the cessation of harmful traditional practices, and timely access to obstetric care.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Human intrusion in the sphere of biological diversity and its consequences on human society is becoming all the more pertinent to discuss, while Covid 19 has tested our limits. Many researchers have linked the loss of biodiversity to health crises like the current one. Despite technological advancement, we are dependent on vibrant ecosystems for our continued survival. The Convention on Biological Diversity not only recognizes this but implicitly also recognizes the survival of biodiversity and cultures associated with it as an independent right in itself.

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MAY 21-INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY

Tea is the world’s most-consumed drink after water. Its consumption is believed to bring health benefits, and it has strong cultural connotations in specific communities. The tea processing and production industry provide income and livelihood to millions of families in developing and least developed countries. The industry can play a significant role in rural development, poverty reduction, and food security in developing countries, being one of the most important cash crops.

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International Day of Families

Families around the world are changing, many becoming smaller, as the number of single-parent households grows. Currently, 65% of all families are made up of either couples living with children of any age, or couples living with both children and extended family members, such as grandparents. The diminishing number of extended families and the increasing number of single-parent families put into sharp focus the issue of social protection.

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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

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