International Awareness Days in June 2022

From ‘World Day Against Child Labour’, which is observed on June 12 to ‘World Refugee Day’ marked on June 20, we have compiled a long list of all the Awareness Days celebrated in June 2022 that you should know of to help bring a change.

With so many things going on around the world, we must raise awareness of these issues concerning us and the people on this planet. One such way of doing so is by observing international days and weeks that are occasions held to educate the public on issues of concern.

June 1, 2022

Global Day of Parents 

Although we may celebrate Parents Day on different dates depending on where we live, but UN has proclaimed June 1 as Global Day of Parents. The day is observed annually in honor of parents throughout the world.

Learn more about the Global Day of Parents on the UN website: HERE

 

June 3, 2022

World Bicycle Day 

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World Bicycle Day is marked on June 3. It draws attention to the benefits of using the bicycle, which includes the physical activity of moderate intensity that is significantly beneficial for health and is a pathway for achieving greater health equity. It is a simple, affordable, clean, and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, especially for the poorest urban sector, which often cannot afford private vehicles.

“Walking and cycling can provide a form of transport for them, while also reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death,” states UN. It is also equitable and cost-effective and contributes to cleaner air and less congestion. It “makes education, health care, and other social services more accessible to the most vulnerable populations.”

Visit the UN website to know more about the World Bicycle Day: HERE

 

June 4, 2022

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

The General Assembly, was “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, according to the UN. This was on 19 August 1982, at the General Assembly’s emergency special session on the question of Palestine and then decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.

The most vulnerable members of society, such as children, are most affected by the consequences of war when an armed conflict breaks out. The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by these children.

Throughout the world, many children are the victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse in situations like these. The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression affirms the UN’s commitment to protecting the rights of children. Its work is “guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.”

Learn more about the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression on the UN website: HERE

 

June 5, 2022

World Environment Day 

The World Environment Day is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Ever since 1974, it has been held on 5 June each year.  World Environment Day is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach. It is celebrated by millions of people across the world and this year World Environment Day is hosted by Sweden. “Only One Earth” is the campaign slogan. Its focus is on “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”.

Visit the UN website to know more about the World Environment Day: HERE

 

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 

Fisheries provide a vital source of food. They provide and help with employment, recreation, trade, and economic well-being for people throughout the world in a world of a growing population and persistent hunger. It has emerged as an important commodity for the achievement of food security. However, “efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities,” as per the UN.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11–26 million tonnes of fish each year, which is estimated to have an economic value of US$10–23 billion.” The UN also declared 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. This will help focus attention on the small-scale fishermen and women who comprise 90 percent of the world’s fisheries workforce.

Learn More About the International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing on the UN website: HERE

 

June 6, 2022

Russian Language Day

June 6 is celebrated as Russian Language Day.

Visit the UN website to know more about the Russian Language Day: HERE

 

June 7, 2022

World Food Safety Day 

Foodborne illnesses are usually infectious. They can also be toxic in nature. They are often invisible to the plain eye. These illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water and therefore food safety has a critical role. It assures that food stays “safe at every stage of the food chain – from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption.”

Under the slogan “Food safety, everyone’s business”, the action-oriented campaign promotes global food safety awareness. It calls upon countries and decision-makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations, and the general public to take action.

Food safety is a shared responsibility. The governments, producers, and consumers – everybody has a role to play from farm to table. This is to ensure the food we consume is safe and will not damage our health. Through World Food Safety Day, WHO and FAO “pursue efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.”

Learn more about the World Food Safety Day on the UN website: HERE

 

June 8, 2022

World Oceans Day

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The ocean covers over 70% of Earth. It is our life source. It not only supports humanity’s sustenance but also of every other organism on earth and World Oceans Day reminds everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our Planet. It is a major source of food and medicine. It is a critical part of the biosphere.

The purpose of the Day is to “inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.”

Visit the UN website to know more about the World Oceans Day: HERE

 

June 12, 2022

World Day Against Child Labour 

Children around the world are routinely engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work. Those that are not harmful to them are classified as child laborers when they are too young to work or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social, or educational development. According to the UN, in the least developed countries, a little more than one in four children from ages five to seventeen are engaged in labor that is considered detrimental to their health and development.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002. It is observed on June 12 to “focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.” The Day brings together governments, as well as millions of people from around the world “to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.”

Learn more about the World Day Against Child Labour on the UN website: HERE

 

June 13, 2022

International Albinism Awareness Day 

Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth which results in a lack of pigmentation (melanin) in the hair, skin, and eyes. It causes vulnerability to the sun and bright light and as a result, almost all people with albinism are visually impaired. They are also prone to developing skin cancer and there is no cure for the absence of melanin which is central to albinism.

Discrimination, violence and abuse of people with albinism is a major concern for all affected and society as a whole and therefore, Jun 13 is marked as International Albinism Awareness Day. It promotes albinism awareness and commitment to continue advocating for their rights.

Visit the UN website to learn more about International Albinism Awareness Day: HERE

 

June 14, 2022

World Blood Donor Day 

Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on June 14 “to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.”

The global theme of World Blood Donor Day changes each year. This is in “recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them,” as per WHO. This year, the theme of the day is: “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”.

According to WHO, “the Day was created to:

  • raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion;
  • highlight the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems;
  • support national blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and other nongovernmental organizations in strengthening and expanding their voluntary blood donor programmes by reinforcing national and local campaigns.”

The World Blood Donor Day also “provides an opportunity to call to action governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, unpaid blood donors and to manage access to blood and the transfusion of those who require it,” as per WHO.

Visit the WHO website to know more about World Blood Donor Day: HERE
Learn more about World Blood Donor Day 2022 on the WHO website: HERE

 

June 15, 2022

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on June 15. According to WHO, elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship, where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.” It can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse and can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.

In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response and until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public view. It was considered mostly a private matter as even today elder abuse continues to be a taboo. It is mostly underestimated. Elder abuse is ignored by societies across the world and evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that it is an important public health and societal problem.

Visit the UN website to learn more about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: HERE

 

June 16, 2022

International Day of Family Remittances 

The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. It is observed on 16 June and the day “recognizes more than 200 million migrant workers, women, and men, who send money home to over 800 million family members, as per UN. This International Day of Family Remittances further” highlights the great resilience of migrant workers in the face of economic insecurities.”

This includes natural and climate-related disasters and a global pandemic. This Day is now globally recognized. It is a “key initiative in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (Objective 20), which urges the reduction of transfer costs and greater financial inclusion through remittances,” according to the UN.

The United Nations website states: “Remittances, or “cross-border person-to-person payments of relatively small value,” serve as a vital lifeline to the developing world” and although “individual remittances may be of ‘relatively small value,’”, “collectively these flows are three times greater than global official development assistance.” Remittances underwrite many basic household needs.

It “supports skills formation and opportunities through education and entrepreneurship and these resources prove transformational for both households and local communities.” This further enables many families to achieve their ‘own SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).’

Learn more about the International Day of Family Remittances on the UN website: HERE

 

June 17, 2022

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 

Desertification is the degradation of land. This happens in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. It does not refer to the expansion of existing deserts and occurs because dryland ecosystems, which cover over one-third of the world’s land area, are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate land use. “Poverty, political instability, deforestation, overgrazing, and bad irrigation practices can all undermine the productivity of the land,” according to UN.

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought will be marked on June 17 this year. It is observed every year “to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification and it is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving.” In addition to this, strong community involvement and cooperation at all levels can help achieve neutrality too.

Visit the UN website to know more about the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: HERE

 

June 18, 2022

Sustainable Gastronomy Day 

Sustainable Gastronomy Day has been marked to raise public awareness of its contribution to sustainable development. Referring to food and cuisine, Gastronomy is sometimes called the art of food. It can also be referred to as a style of cooking from a particular region and Sustainability is the idea that something (e.g. agriculture, fishing, or even preparation of food) is done in a way that is not wasteful of our natural resources. It can be continued into the future without being detrimental to our environment or health.

Sustainable gastronomy, therefore, means cuisine that takes into account where the ingredients are from. It also asks mindful of how the food is grown and how it gets to our markets and eventually to our plates.

Learn more about Sustainable Gastronomy Day on the UN website: HERE

 

June 19, 2022

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 

The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed on June 19 to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence. It is marked to honor the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world. This Day is observed to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.

Visit the UN website to know more about the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: HERE

 

June 20, 2022

World Refugee Day 

Every minute twenty people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror, as per the UN. There are several types of forcibly displaced persons according to the United Nations: “refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless persons, and returnees.”

June 20 is World Refugee Day and the focus this year will be on the right to seek safety. Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety. No matter who they are, wherever they come from, and whenever they are forced to flee they have the right to seek safety.

World Refugee Day is an international day “designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.” World Refugee Day “celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.” It is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight. The Day recognizes their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

Learn more about World Refugee Day on the UN website: HERE and on UNHCR: HERE

 

June 21, 2022

International Day of Yoga 

The word ‘Yoga’ derives from Sanksrit and is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. ‘Yoga’ means to join or to unite. It symbolizes the union of body and consciousness and it is practiced in various forms around the world. Yoga continues to grow in popularity. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated on June 21. It aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Visit the International Day of Yoga, visit the UN website: HERE

 

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice 

Solstice is derived from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”). As the “seasonal movement of the Sun’s daily path (as seen from Earth) appears to “stand still” at a northern or southern limit before reversing direction”, it “is an event that occurs when the Sun reaches its most northerly or southerly day-arc relative to the equator,” states the UN website.

Therefore, there are two solstices that occur annually. At the beginning of the year: June 21 (commonly known as “Summer Solstice” for being the first day of summer and the longest day of the year). The other on: December 21 (commonly known as “Winter Solstice” for being the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year).

Learn more about the International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice: HERE

June 23, 2022

United Nations Public Service Day 

On 20 December 2002, the General Assembly designated 23 June as Public Service Day. UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community. It highlights the contribution of public service in the development process and recognizes the work of public servants. The United Nations Public Service Day encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

Visit the United Nations website to know more about the United Nations Public Service Day: HERE

 

International Widows’ Day 

The United Nations observes 23 June as International Widows Day. This decision was taken to “draw attention to the voices and experiences of widows and to galvanize the unique support that they need.”

The International Widows’ Day is an “opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows including with providing them with information on access to a fair share of their inheritance.” This also includes land and productive resources; pensions and social protection that are not based on marital status alone. In addition to this, decent work and equal pay; and education and training opportunities.

Empowering widows to support themselves and their families is important. This also means “addressing social stigmas that create exclusion, and discriminatory or harmful practices.”

Learn more about the International Widows’ Day on the UN website: HERE

 

June 25, 2022

Day of the Seafarer 

Celebrated on June 25, the theme for the campaign of the Day of the Seafarers this year is ‘Your voyage – then and now, share your journey’. It “looks at seafarer voyages, what it includes and how has it evolved over time and what remains at the heart of seafarers’ reality,” as per the IMO (International Maritime Organization). According to the IMO, this campaign gives seafarers a chance to share what resonates with them currently. This also includes whether it’s the crew change crisis being unresolved or the future of technology.

Visit the IMO website to know more about the Day of the Seafarer: HERE

 

June 26, 2022

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 

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The General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is marked as “an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse,” as per the UN.

Learn more about the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on the UN website: HERE

 

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26 June is observed as the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. It is an opportunity to “call on all stakeholders including the UN Member States, civil society, and individuals everywhere to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today,” according to the UN.

Visit the UN website to learn more about the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: HERE

 

June 27, 2022

Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

The Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day is celebrated on June 27. It is observed to “raise public awareness of their contribution to sustainable development and the global economy.”

To know more about the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day on the UN website: HERE

 

June 29, 2022

International Day of the Tropics 

Each day, June 29, is observed as the International Day of the Tropics. The International Day of the Tropics was “designated to raise awareness to the specific challenges faced by tropical areas,” as per the UN. It is marked to to raise awareness about the far-reaching implications of the issues affecting the world’s tropical zone and the need, at all levels. It also “underlines the important role that countries in the tropics will play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Visit the United Nations website to learn more about the International Day of the Tropics: HERE

 

June 30, 2022

International Asteroid Day 

In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 June International Asteroid Day, as per the UN, “in order to “observe each year at the international level the anniversary of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russian Federation, on 30 June 1908, and to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard.”

The Day “aims to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard.” It intends to “inform the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken at the global level in case of a credible near-Earth object threat.”

Learn more about the International Asteroid Day on the UN website: HERE

 

International Day of Parliamentarism 

Celebrated on June 30 each year, The International Day of Parliamentarism “is a time to review the progress that parliaments have made in achieving some key goals to be more representative and move with the times,” as per the UN. This includes carrying out self-assessments, working to include more women and young MPs, and adapting to new technologies.

Visit the UN website to know more about the International Day of Parliamentarism: HERE

 

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