World Health Day was observed across the world on April 6, 2018. The day also marks the 70th anniversary of World Health Organisation. On the occasion, WHO calls upon all world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and commit to concrete steps to advance ‘Health for All’.
This year, the day was celebrated at the United Nations Headquarters, New York with the main focus on importance of empowering women and girls with autism and involving them in the policy and decision making to address the challenges associated with autism.
The theme of the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was 'Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination'.
The World Water Day was observed globally on March 22, 2018 with the theme ‘Nature for Water’. The theme explores how nature can be used to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. Globally, over 80 per cent of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.
The day is celebrated and implemented by the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in collaboration with other relevant United Nations organizations.
The World Rare Disease Day was observed across the globe on February 28, 2018 with the aim to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impacts. The day was commemorated with events in over 80 countries and regions across the world.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
The World Cancer Day was observed across the world on February 4, 2018 with an aim to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer. The theme for the World Cancer Day 2016-2018 is ‘We can. I can.’