International Awareness Days in July 2022

From ‘World Population Day’, which is observed on June 11, to ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ marked on June 18, we have compiled a long list of all the Awareness Days celebrated in July 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.

July 2, 2022

International Day of Cooperatives

July 2, 2022, is observed as the International Day of Cooperatives all around the world. Co-operatives have been acknowledged as associations. They are enterprises through which citizens can effectively improve their lives. In addition to this, they contribute to the economic, social, cultural, and political advancement of their community and nation. “The co-operative movement has been also recognized as a distinct and major stakeholder in both national and international affairs,” the UN states.

Cooperatives operate all around the world. They work in many different sectors of the economy. Cooperatives have proven themselves more resilient to crises than the average – fostering economic participation, and fighting against environmental degradation and climate change. They also generate good jobs, contribute to food security, and keep financial capital within local communities. Furthermore, they build ethical value chains. By improving people’s material conditions and security, cooperatives contribute to positive peace.

To learn more about the International Day of Cooperatives, visit the UN website: HERE

June 11, 2022

World Population Day

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It took many many years – about hundreds of thousands for the world population to grow to 1 billion. However, in just another 200 years or so, it grew sevenfold. In 2011, our planet saw its population reach the 7 billion mark. Today, this number stands at about 7.9 billion. This population is expected to grow to around “8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100,” according to the UN.   

World Population Day is marked on July 12, 2022. The UN states: “To more sustainably address the needs of individuals, policymakers must understand how many people are living on the planet, where they are, how old they are, and how many people will come after them.”

Know more about World Population Day: HERE

July 15, 2022

World Youth Skills Day

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In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. This decision was taken to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment. It includes decent work and entrepreneurship. Since then, World Youth Skills Day events have provided a unique opportunity for them. 

For instance, there is a “dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organizations, policymakers and development partners. Participants have highlighted the ever-increasing significance of skills as the world is embarking on a transition towards a sustainable model of development,” states the UN.

To learn more about the World Youth Skills Day, visit the UN website: HERE

July 18, 2022

Nelson Mandela International Day

Every year on 18 July, the UN invites everyone to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. It can be observed by making a difference in your communities as everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better! “Mandela Day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change,” states the UN.

Know more about Nelson Mandela International Day: HERE

July 20, 2022

World Chess Day

Chess is a two-player strategy board game. It aims to move different types of playing pieces. Each has a prescribed set of possible moves around a chequered square board trying to capture the opponent’s ‘king’ piece. Today there are over 2,000 identifiable variants of the game.

On 12 December 2019, the General Assembly proclaimed July 20 as World Chess Day. It marks the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924. Under its initiative, July 20 has been celebrated as International Chess Day by chess players around the world since 1966.

To learn more about the World Chess Day, visit the UN website: HERE

July 25, 2022

World Drowning Prevention Day

World Drowning Prevention Day was declared in April 2021 by General Assembly. It is held annually on July 25. The global advocacy event serves as an opportunity to highlight the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities. It offers life-saving solutions to prevent it. Everyone is invited to mark World Drowning Prevention Day by the UN. It says it can be observed by “highlighting the need for urgent, coordinated and multi-sectoral action on proven measures such as:   

  • installing barriers controlling access to water;
  • providing safe places away from water such as crèches for pre-school children with capable childcare;
  • teaching swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills;
  • training bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation;
  • setting and enforcing safe boating, shipping and ferry regulations;
  • improving flood risk management.”
Know more about World Drowning Prevention Day: HERE

July 28, 2022

World Hepatitis Day 

World Hepatitis Day is marked on July 28. It offers an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis. The day encourages actions and engagement by individuals, partners, and the public. World Hepatitis Day highlights the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO’s Global hepatitis report of 2017.

The date of July 28 was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize-winning scientist Dr. Baruch Blumberg. Blumberg discovered the hepatitis B virus (HBV). He developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus. 

According to the UN, “Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.”

To learn more about the World Hepatitis Day, visit the WHO website: HERE

July 30, 2022

International Day of Friendship

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Friendship Day is a day we all celebrate in our own ways. Some exchange a wristband or colorful strings tied in a knot to mark and celebrate their friendships. This day may be celebrated on different dates based on which country you reside in. Similarly, the UN celebrates ‘International Day of Friendship’ on July 30, 2022.

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly. They declared it with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can “inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.”

According to the UN, “The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows on the proposal made by UNESCO defining the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes, and behaviors that reject violence and endeavor to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems.” This proposal was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997.

Know more about the International Day of Friendship: HERE

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed on July 30. Trafficking in persons is a serious crime. It is a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women, and children fall into the hands of traffickers. This happens in their own countries and abroad with almost every country in the world being affected by trafficking. They are affected whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

“UNODC, as guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Trafficking in Persons Protocol),” according to the UN.

To learn more about the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, visit the UN website: HERE

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