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Indispensable Global Events in May to Mark Your Agenda

In this series of articles, we highlight on the global development agenda. We do this by providing insight on important global events occurring in the upcoming month which focus on development in countries around the world.

The importance of commemoration days about global events

Today, information about global events spread through social media and the world-wide-web at a fascinating speed. A lot of information enters our minds every day from various sources. It is our responsibility to put the information into perspective and make sure that outstanding achievements throughout history or ongoing challenges are not overlooked or worse; forgotten. Listed below are commemorative days which help remind us of important humanitarian issues and developments in the month of May.

8-9 May - Remembrance for Those Who Lost Their Lives In World War II
The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War has been a UN commemorative day since 2004. Even though countries may have their own individual days of liberation and remembrance, 8th and 9th May are days where all member states, NGOs and individuals around the world, appropriately pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

15 May - International Day of Families
The International Day of Families is focused on raising awareness of the role of families in promoting lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth. In 2017, the special emphasis is on family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. This day marks the recognition of the essential roles of all caregivers in families. Whether they are parents, grandparents or siblings.

17 May - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Communication is key in the development of better circumstances for vulnerable people. We learned that in our story about WACC. The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2017 is "Big Data for Big Impact". It focuses on the power of data in development. This day also aims to explore how to turn imperfect and complex data into actionable information for compassionate humanitarians as well as vulnerable people.

21 May - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
The World Day for Cultural Diversity provides us with an opportunity to understand the value of cultural diversity better. The day also seeks to advance the goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. These goals set out to support sustainable systems of governance for culture and achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods. They also aim at integrating culture in sustainable development and promoting fundamental freedoms.

23 May - International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Obstetric fistula is one of the most severe and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and because of that, their communities often reject them. An estimated 2 million women in the developing world live with this injury for years. Yet obstetric fistula is almost entirely preventable and treatable. This is a sign that health systems are failing to meet women’s essential health needs.

29 May - International Day of UN Peacekeepers
The blue helmets might be remarkable in their appearance; their work often goes unnoticed. On this International Day of UN Peacekeepers, we honor the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag. And, on this day, we pay tribute to the more than three thousand peacekeepers who have lost their lives while in service since 1948.

Incredible projects or sacrifice resulted in global event days that we commemorate every year. At Raptim, 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. We hold dear achievements and the remarkable developments that keep happening day in day out in the field of humanitarian work. Please follow our blog for more humanitarian stories, organizations and travel information.