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Indispensable Global Events in December to Mark Your Agenda

In this series of articles, we would like to provide insight into the global development agenda. We mark important global events throughout the upcoming month of December which focus on development in countries all over the world.

The importance of commemoration days about global events

In the world we live in today, information about global and local events spread through social media and the Internet at an equally rapid speed. The inevitable outcome is more and more voices which can be heard, acknowledged, and acted upon. People get informed and through this, triggered to respond to calamities and issues that occur in different locations all over the world, even in the most remote places. Our minds pick up new information every day from various sources. This invaluable information should be put into perspective, or it will become meaningless. We must ensure that commendable achievements accomplished throughout history are not overlooked or forgotten. Listed below are a list of commemorative days in the coming month of December which helps remind us of important humanitarian issues and accomplishments.

2 December - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of the adoption by the General Assembly in 1949 of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labor, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

3 December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the situations of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

5 December – International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities, and the private sector.

5 December – World Soil Day

In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and a vital contributor to human well-being.

9 December - International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”). The purpose of the 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.

 10 December – Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This milestone document proclaimed the inalienable rights to which everyone is inherently entitled as human beings — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

18 December – International Migrants Day

This day is observed in many countries, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental political freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants.

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. There are countless projects which have fought and emerged victorious in eradicating humanitarian issues from diseases to natural calamities. These projects resulted in commemorative days about global events in which we celebrate the achievements. Please follow our blog for more humanitarian stories, organizations, and travel information.

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