Humanitarian Events in June 2018
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Indispensable Humanitarian Events in June 2018

Did you know that almost every day the world celebrates an important humanitarian development or social topic? Topics can range from human rights to climate change, malaria awareness, the International Day for Disaster Reduction, and more. It is hard to select just a few of these important dates because all of them are important. With this in mind we have put together a short list of indispensable humanitarian events in June 2018. These help us to remember why humanitarians do the work that they do, remind us of the issues in today’s world, and aid us in reflecting on our everyday actions and their impact. So mark these down on your calendars!

Here are The Humanitarian Events in June 2018

June 5 – World Environment Day

One of the most important days of the year for celebrating and protecting our environment is World Environment Day. It is organized by the United Nations and each year focuses on a specific topic. This year’s topic is beating plastic pollution. Additionally, there is a different host country every year, and in 2018, it is India. If you are looking to get involved like these environmental NGOs, you can because the platform encourages every person to participate. For example, you can share some key messages on your social media or register your event.

June 12 – World Day Against Child Labour

Millions of children around the world are forced into child labor. As you might know, Raptim supports initiatives to eradicate child labor. Child labor should no longer be tolerated today. Therefore organizations around the world work towards the joint goal of ending child labor and protecting children’s rights. On June 12, the United Nations and the International Labour Organization will lead the World Day Against Child Labour. It is a way to bring about awareness of the extent that children face child labor, but also puts a spotlight on hazardous working conditions and even slavery.

June 14 – World Blood Donor Day

Blood donors save lives. It’s just that simple. That’s why the World Health Organization celebrates their contribution on June 14th every year, during World Blood Donor Day. This year, the WHO has adopted a central theme: “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.” In a humanitarian disaster or crisis setting, blood donation is essential. World Blood Donor Day helps bring about awareness of how many lives can be saved with this simple act. It is also a way to thank blood donors around the world.

June 17 – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 

Droughts can cause some of the most devastating and yet most silent emergencies. Desertification is one of the biggest global concerns for sustainable water and community management. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is an important date when agencies have the opportunity to raise the awareness of this topic. This year’s central theme will be “Land Has True Value. Invest in it.” The goal is to encourage more sustainable ways of land usage and development. A lot of international NGOs are working to improve agriculture to beat desertification and drought.

June 19 – International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

In today’s context of the Rohingya Crisis, the conflict in Syria, and many more crisis zones around the world, it is essential to promote the protection of the rights of every person. In conflict situations, women and young girls become particularly vulnerable and are often exposed to sexual violence. To combat this, the United Nations and organizations around the world will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 19, 2018.

20 June – World Refugee Day

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 60 million people are displaced in the world today. That is a true humanitarian crisis. Fortunately, there are a lot of organizations helping these refugees such as “Stichting Vluchteling.” To highlight the scale and complexity of refugee mobility around the world, the UNHCR will lead the events on World Refugee Day. One of the main goals of the day is to raise awareness. It wants to show the resilience that refugees show as they flee their homes due to conflict and disaster. Through their petition and hashtag #WithRefugees, the UNHCR hopes to influence global governments to share in the responsibility for those who are displaced.

26 June – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

International law condemns torture and considers it a crime. No legal document recognizes torture as acceptable under any circumstance, and it is seen as a crime against humanity. Despite this, armed groups and even states allow torture under the pretense of protecting national security or due to religious beliefs. The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those who have faced torture in the past and to continue efforts to eliminate torture tactics.

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