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Indispensable Global Events in March to Mark Your Agenda

In this series of articles, we want to provide insight into the global development agenda by shading light on commendable events or achievements that have had great impact in the past and the present as well. We mark important global events throughout the upcoming month which focus on development in countries all over the world.

The importance of commemoration days about global events

In the modern world that we live in, information about global events spread through social media and the Internet at a rapid speed. This results in more and more voices which can be heard, acknowledged and acted upon. People can be informed, outraged and then triggered to respond to calamities and issues that happen around the world, even at the most remote locations. More information enters our minds every day from various sources. We must ensure that the outstanding achievements accomplished throughout history are not overlooked or forgotten. Listed below are commemorative days which help remind us of important humanitarian issues and developments that happened in the month of March.

1 March – Zero Discrimination Day
The UN first celebrated Zero Discrimination Day on March 1, 2014, after UNAIDS; a UN program on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.

3 March – World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and diverse forms of wild fauna and flora as well as raise awareness on the multitude of benefits that environmental conservation provides to people.

8 March – International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Through this, the present generation is empowered in multiple dimensions.

20 March – International Happiness Day
Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people all over the world. The UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

21 March – International Day of Nowruz
Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

22 March – World Water Day
On this day, people all over the world show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. They get inspired by information and use it to act and change things that affect fellow human beings as well as the environment. This year many will focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives.

24 March – World Tuberculosis Day
World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness on tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this communicable disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

24 March – International Day for the Right to the Truth
On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 24th day of March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and the Dignity of Victims. The purpose of the Day is to honor the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice.

25 March – Slavery Remembrance Day
Every year on 25 March; the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system.  On this day, campaigns are conducted aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

25 March – International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett; a former journalist who was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) when he was abducted by a gunman in 1985.  His body was finally found in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley in 2009. It's a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press.

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