The International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21 September, and it is an opportunity to remind ourselves in creating a world where people are treated equally regardless of their race and socio-economic status. This Day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of nonviolence and ceasefire. The United Nations’ General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This day should be celebrated by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope. As we heal from this pandemic and challenging times, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about a better recovery, and having our world transform into one that is more equal, just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
The International Day of Democracy is celebrated annually on 15 September and it provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. This Day aims to promote government’s role in maintaining open democracy among all member nations of the United Nations Charter and to celebrate the system of values democracy promotes, giving citizens the power to make decisions regarding all aspects of their lives.
The values of freedom, respect for human rights, and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy. As democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realisation of human rights. The major purpose of this Day is to encourage everyone, including governments, to protect human rights and participate meaningfully in democracy.
The International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on 8 of September and it is an opportunity for governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to highlight improvements in the world literacy rates, and reflect on the remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy remains a global problem and it is a key component of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Literacy is an integral part of education and lifelong learning premised on humanism as defined by the Sustainable Development Goal 4. Literacy, therefore, is central to a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. These challenging times and crisis have disrupted the learning of children, young people and adults at an unprecedented scale. It has also magnified the pre-existing inequalities in access to meaningful literacy learning opportunities, disproportionally affecting more than 700 million non-literate young people and adults. Youth and adult literacy were absent in many initial national response plans, while numerous literacy programmes have been forced to halt their usual modes of operation.
The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually on 5 September and its objective is to sensitise and mobilise people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities. This day was declared officially by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 and it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness and provide a platform for charity events to take place on a global scale.
This day commemorates the anniversary of the passing away of Saint Teresa, who worked tirelessly to overcome poverty, distress, and suffering of the poorest in the world. She showed us that charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing, and child protection. Poverty continues to affect millions of people, regardless of their social and cultural situations, and is a barrier to true prosperity and equality.
Today, the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is marking its 73rd Anniversary! WAY was founded in 1949, and is the international coordinating body of national youth councils and youth organisations. WAY has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and works closely with several agencies of the United Nations including UNEP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, and many more.
WAY currently has 140 members from all continents of the world. Having such a large network, it is now, even more, promising for WAY to realise its aim of unlocking youth potential and tackling youth issues with cooperation and support from all of its vigorous members. For the past few years, we are facing many challenges compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts. Those challenges are being felt mostly by young people, and is has revealed that youth are actively participating in social activism, volunteering, and coming up with innovative solutions to our current problems.