The 2019 edition of International Mountain Day is “Mountains matter for youth”, highlighting the need to bring young people back to highland areas to take care of their cultural and natural resources.
20 March is the International Day of Happiness
La ricerca della felicità è un obiettivo fondamentale dell’uomo. Per questo l’Onu ha deciso di celebrare in tutto il mondo la Giornata mondiale della felicità.
A country’s well-being shouldn’t be measured on people’s wealth, but on their happiness. This is precisely why the Gross National Happiness should be worth more than the Gross Domestic Product.
For this reason, on 28 June 2012 the General Assembly of the United Nations established the International Day of Happiness to be celebrated on 20 March every year. The UN recognises and certifies happiness and well-being as universal goals and ambitions of each person’s life.
“I wish everyone around the world a very happy International Day of Happiness! The pursuit of happiness is serious business. Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The country that pioneered in pursuing happiness is Bhutan, a tiny mountainous state in Asia. Bhutan recognised the supremacy of happiness on wealth in the 1970s and adopted the Gross National Happiness index favouring it over the Gross Domestic Product. This triggered a debate about alternative GDPs all over the world that is still ongoing.
The United Nations encourages the member states, international and local organisations, NGOs, and all individuals to celebrate the International Day of Happiness through educational activities and awareness campaigns.
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Discrimination still affects many people in different environments, from schools to workplaces and hospitals. Zero Discrimination Day aims to enhance diversity.
Secondo l’Unicef sono almeno 200 milioni le donne che hanno subito mutilazioni genitali femminili, con drammatiche conseguenze fisiche e psicologiche.
La giornata dell’Onu rimarca l’importanza della Dichiarazione universale dei diritti umani celebrando e promuovendo tali diritti.
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In 2005 the UN designated 27 January as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Every year initiatives and events are organised all over the world in memory of the victims of the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Fascism.
The 2016 edition of the International Day of Peace, established to end hostilities, is devoted to sustainable development.
The 2017 edition of World Environment Day aims to promote a more conscious and healthier relationship with the environment, highlighting the fragile beauty of nature and our dependence on it.