International Day Of Friendship
26th July 2018
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The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures.
It is observed on July 30 each year to celebrate friendships worldwide.
Our world face many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world's peoples.
To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.
Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.
"Good friends help you to find important things when you've lost them...
your smile, your hope and your courage." - Doe Zantamata
The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows on the proposal made by UNESCO and taken up by the UN General Assembly in 1997 (A/RES/52/13), which defined the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems.
In its resolution of 1998, proclaiming the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001–2010) (A/RES/53/25), the General Assembly recognised that enormous harm and suffering are caused to children through different forms of violence. It emphasised that the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence should be instilled in children through education. If children learn to live together in peace and harmony that will contribute to the strengthening of international peace and cooperation.
The Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243) adopted in 1999 set 8 areas of action for nations, organisations and individuals to undertake in order for a culture of peace to prevail:
- foster a culture of peace through education;
- promote sustainable economic and social development;
- promote respect for all human rights;
- ensure equality between women and men;
- foster democratic participation;
- advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity;
- support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge;
- promote international peace and security.
The International Day of Friendship is also based on the recognition of the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world.
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.
The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organisations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilisations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
Other Fun Upcoming Holidays
July 26th - Aunt & Uncle Day
July 27th - Take Your Pants For A Walk Day
July 28th - Milk Chocolate Day
July 29th - Lasagna Day
July 30th - National Cheesecake Day
July 31 - Uncommon Musical Instrument Day
August 1 - Girlfriend's Day
August 2 - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
There are definitely a few listed that we could get behind!
To see more, visit https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun
What can you do?
For ideas on things you can do with your nearest and dearest to celebrate your friendship (on any day, not just July 30!) have a read of these previous blogs - Plan Time With Your Loved Ones and Making Family Memories That Last A Lifetime.
We also would like you to seriously consider the important role your delegate plays in your life, or if you haven't got around to assigning one yet please put some thought into which of your friends, loved ones or trusted professionals would be best suited for this. If you are unsure how to go about this, see How To Add A Delegate. For any further help around this, we are happy to help! Please Contact Us for assistance.
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