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International Human Solidarity Day

20th December, 2020

20th December is the International Human Solidarity Day. Solidarity is a fundamental value of international relations in the 21st Century. In the context of globalization and growing inequalities, the strengthening of international solidarity is indispensable. The idea of solidarity is to help those who either suffer or benefit least, with the help coming from those who benefit most.

This day celebrates all forms of solidarity. More precisely, it is dedicated to celebrate our unity in diversity; to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements; to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity; to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication; and to encourage new initiatives.

The concept was promoted as crucial in the fight against poverty and in the involvement of all relevant stakeholders by the United Nations. Indeed, on 22 December 2005, by resolution 60/209, the General Assembly identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples, and in that regard it decided to proclaim the 20th December of each year as International Human Solidarity Day. 


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