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12 Indispensable Global Events in December to Mark Your Agenda

In this series of articles, we want to provide insight into the global development agenda. We mark important days throughout the upcoming month which focus on development.

The importance of commemoration days

Nowadays, global developments spread through social media and the internet at a rapid speed. This results in more and more voices which can be heard and acknowledged. People can be informed, outraged, and then triggered to respond to tragedies that happen throughout the world. More and more information enters our minds every day. That’s why we must prevent forgetting about the important strides we made throughout history. Listed below are commemorative days which remember important humanitarian issues and developments.

  • 1st December – World Aids Day
    World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
  • 2nd December - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
    The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.
  • 3rd December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind."
  • 5th December - International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
    On this day we celebrate the power of volunteerism. Volunteering fosters creativity, draws strength from our passions and connects us to those who need us most.
  • 7th December - International Civil Aviation Day
    The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, together with the unique role of ICAO in helping States to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all humanity.
  • 9th December – International Anti-Corruption Day
    The Assembly also designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day to raise awareness of corruption and the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it.  The Convention entered into force in December 2005.
  • 9th December - International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime
    The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honor its victims.
  • 10th December – Human Rights Day
    Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10th December of each year as Human Rights Day.
  • 11th December - International Mountain Day
    Covering around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and wellbeing to 915 million mountain people around the world, representing 13 percent of global population but indirectly benefit billions more living downstream.
  • 18th December - International Migrants Day
    To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community to come together and remember the refugees and migrants who have lost their lives or have disappeared while trying to reach a safe harbor after arduous journeys across seas and deserts.
  • 20th December - International Human Solidarity Day
    This year's celebration of Human Solidarity Day comes after leaders of the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a new, inclusive development agenda — succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure dignity for all.

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. There are countless projects which tried and succeeded in eradicating humanitarian issues. These projects resulted in commemorative days in which we think about the achievements. Please follow our blog for more humanitarian stories, organizations and travel information.