From ‘World AIDS Day,’ which is observed on December 1, to ‘International Day of Epidemic Preparedness’ marked on December 27, we have compiled a long list of all the awareness days celebrated in December 2022 that you should be aware of.
December 1, 2022
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day for people from all around the world to show their support for those affected by AIDS. It is also a day to remember all those who have lost their lives to the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a global health crisis and the pandemic has made things worse by thwarting the progress toward the HIV goals. To add to this, there has been a reduction in resources too. The theme for World AIDS Day 2022 is ‘Equalize,’ centered around the importance of people having access to essential HIV services.
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December 2, 2022
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Observed on December 2, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery helps raise awareness about slavery. It aims to put an end to this heinous practice and modern forms of slavery, including human trafficking, forced marriage, and forced labor. The last two years have seen a rise in forced labor and forced marriage, and these forms of slavery occur in nearly all the countries in the world. About ninety-nine percent of victims are forced into the commercial sex industry.
December 3, 2022
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Since 1992, December 3 has been observed as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day helps raise awareness about issues faced by people with disabilities. It also promotes global support for the rights and welfare of people with disabilities. The 2022 theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities is – “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.” Disability inclusion is critical as people with disabilities are frequently left behind during crises, in addition to other grave inequalities faced.
December 4, 2022
International Day of Banks
Inaugurated in 2020, International Day of Banks is celebrated on December 4 to recognize the key role banks play in our society, from providing financial support to people to financing sustainable development and helping to improve the standard of living.
December 5, 2022
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
During natural calamities, conflicts, and moments of crisis, volunteers are needed to find solutions and help people. Volunteering is an act of kindness, extending help to people in our communities, countries, or around the world. This day celebrates and recognizes the work of volunteers.
World Soil Day
Improving soil health is significant as soil degradation leads to a loss of nutrients in the soil, thereby producing plants that don’t have enough nutrients. Some soil has high levels of nutrients that cause climate change and lead to environmental pollution, as well as being harmful to plants and animals. World Soil Day on December 5 gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about soil, the challenges of managing it, and improving its health.
December 7, 2022
International Civil Aviation Day
The theme for International Civil Aviation Day until next year is ‘Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development.’ The air transport industry creates millions of jobs and connects parts of the world with each other. Therefore, this day is observed on December 7 to highlight international civil aviation’s role in social and economic development.
December 9, 2022
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
The International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime is observed on December 9 to raise awareness about genocide, termed to define preventing the births of, attempting to harm, or committing acts to harm or wipe out a racial, ethnic, or religious group or large groups of people. This day also remembers the victims of genocide.
International Anti-Corruption Day
Corruption is one of the biggest challenges today, not exclusive to any region. It causes instability in society, creates hardship among people, and can stunt success, ultimately slowing down economic development. December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day, which offers the opportunity to raise awareness about corruption and how to prevent it.
December 10, 2022
Human Rights Day
The 2022 theme for Human Rights Day on December 10 is ‘Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All.’ The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Every human being has a human right, regardless of their religion, race, sex, color, nationality, language, or any other status, and there are laws in place to protect these. The day urges governments and world leaders to recognize and protect human rights and the vulnerable. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year.
December 11, 2022
International Mountain Day
International Mountain Day on December 11 aims to spread awareness about protecting mountain biodiversity and encourage sustainable development in the mountains. Home to fifteen percent of the global population, mountains are overexploited and are also affected by climate change. People that live in mountainous regions face many varying and evolving difficulties and challenges, brought on by global warming, which an ongoing and all-affecting issue.
December 12, 2022
International Day of Neutrality
Neutrality is important to avoid conflicts and maintain the peace and security of the people in a country. The International Day of Neutrality on December 12 aims to raise awareness about neutrality and how it helps maintain diplomatic relationships between nations.
International Universal Health Coverage Day
International Universal Health Coverage Day highlights and helps share stories of those affected by the global healthcare system. Millions daily struggle for basic access to essential medical care. This day urges world leaders to make the necessary investments into healthcare, aiming for an equal and stronger healthcare system.
December 18, 2022
International Migrants Day
People move out of their countries for many reasons, including wars and conflicts, natural disasters, poverty, etc. International Migrants Day is observed on December 18 to acknowledge the skills, knowledge, and contributions of migrants, and to recognize their struggles and difficulties.
Arabic Language Day
Arabic is one of the most important languages in the world; the language and its dialects are spoken by millions of people across the world. Therefore, highlighting the language is necessary. Arabic Language Day, which is celebrated on December 18, helps promote multilingualism and spreads awareness about cultural diversity.
December 20, 2022
International Human Solidarity Day
Aimed to solve international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character, International Human Solidarity Day is a stride towards recognizing and celebrating the “unity in diversity” in the world today. The UN also states its importance in demanding public awareness, and action from leaders, to minimize diversity-influenced issues.
December 27, 2022
International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
Covid-19 is the most recent example of the devastating effects of an epidemic. Those poor and vulnerable were most affected, unable to afford not only preventive measures, but also daily cost of living. Therefore, the first-ever International Day of Epidemic Preparedness was held on December 27, 2020, aiming to spread awareness about epidemics, and emphasizing the need to be more prepared and educated. It also underlines the importance of preventing them. The healthcare industry was under tremendous pressure during the pandemic; therefore, our healthcare systems need to be stronger to prevent the spread of disease.
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