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Indispensable Global Events in August to Mark Your Agenda

In this series of articles, we provide insight into the global development agenda by highlighting important global events occurring in the upcoming month. In this episode, we will shed light on important global events that take place throughout the month of August focusing on development in countries all over the world.

The importance of commemoration days about global events

In present times, information about global events spread through social media and the internet at an enormous speed. Meaning that this information can too often be overlooked, assumed or even replaced. It majorly encompasses the outstanding achievements from the past and challenges we still face today. Owing to the importance of this information, we can’t afford just to let it pass without action. Listed below are commemorative days which help remind us of important humanitarian issues and developments.

9 August - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
There are some 370 million indigenous people in the world, spread across ninety countries. Even though this is only a small portion of the world´s population, they account for 15 percent of the world’s poorest. This year we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Despite the achievements over the last decade, there continues to be a gap between the formal recognition of indigenous peoples and the implementation of policies on the ground.

12 August - International Youth Day
International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and societal transformation. The day also highlights inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. The World Programme of Action for Youth provides a policy framework and practical guidelines to improve the situation of young people all over the world. The program encourages ´promoting the active involvement of youth in maintaining peace and security´ alike.

19 August - World Humanitarian Day
Every day, humanitarian aid workers are on the front lines of war and disaster, facing great dangers and hardship to give assistance to those who need help the most. On this year's World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations advocates the protection of civilian aid workers, and all those affected by conflict. The day is dedicated to mobilizing countries, civil societies, and global leaders to increase public awareness of this issue.

23 August - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was brought into live to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of people affected by it all over the world. Along with the goals of the intercultural project "The Slave Route", the day should offer an opportunity for consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, America and the Caribbean.

We believe our world is a better place when your compassion can travel to where it is needed most. There are countless projects which have tried and succeeded in dealing with humanitarian issues such as diseases and calamities. These projects resulted in commemorative days about global events in which we think about the achievements. There are those still in action today in various places around the world trying to make life better for all. Please follow our blog for more humanitarian stories, organizations and travel information.