International Human Solidarity Day 2017 observed across the world

Dec 20, 2017 14:38 IST

20 December: International Human Solidarity Day

The International Human Solidarity Day was observed across the world on 20 December 2017.

In the Millennium Declaration, solidarity is identified as one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century, wherein those who either suffer or benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most.

The Day aims to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity and encourages debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication.

Background
The United Nations General Assembly established the World Solidarity Fund on 20 December 2002 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme. Its objective was to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries.

Later on 22 December 2005, the General Assembly identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values  through its resolution 60/209. As per the resolution, solidarity should underlie relations between peoples in the Twenty-first century.

In this regard, the assembly also decided to proclaim 20 December of each year as the International Human Solidarity Day.

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