Archive for the "International" Category

World Teachers’ Day

When is World Teachers’ Day? Teachers are among the world’s most respected professionals, and for good reason. To commemorate the importance of teaching, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day every October 5th. This not only gives students the opportunity to honor their favorite teachers, but the holiday also increases awareness of the importance of quality education worldwide. History of Teachers’ Day Educators make an impact every day. This impact may seem small at first, which is why many students don’t realize the significance their former teachers had on their lives until many years later. In order to recognize the impacts of...

World Heart Day

When is World Heart Day? World Heart Day is a holiday dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular health. Held every last Sunday in September, World Heart Day 2013 will be recognized on September 29th. This is an opportunity for people around the world to educate themselves and others about heart diseases, which are the number one cause of premature death globally. Understanding Heart Health Obesity continues to rise in industrialized nations, so it’s no wonder that heart health is a growing concern. Poor eating habits coupled with a sedentary lifestyle can decrease the blood-pumping skills of the heart, and even...

World Food Day

When is World Food Day? World Food Day is an annual holiday dedicated to ending global hunger. Observed every October 16th, the primary goal of this holiday is to increase awareness surrounding world hunger and to encourage action. The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that hunger kills more people worldwide than infectious diseases combined. Startling Hunger Statistics Despite a flourishing packaged food industry, hunger continues to be a global problem. According to the WFP, about 870 million people don’t get enough to eat worldwide. Hunger is a common health concern in developing regions, but financial concerns have caused an increased...

World Tourism Day

When is World Tourism Day? World Tourism Day is a global holiday aimed to celebrate all the benefits of international tourism. From increased cultural awareness to the economic benefits, there are many facets of tourism that benefit people from all corners of the world. This holiday is celebrated every September 27th. History The idea for World Tourism Day stems from efforts made by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization, which was established in 1970. In 1979, the UNWTO voted to create a holiday to address modern tourism. As more and more countries become developed, tourists are flocking to these areas...

World Maritime Day

When is World Maritime Day? World Maritime Day is an annual holiday held the last week of every September to celebrate the economic benefits of the shipping industry. Created by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization, this holiday is also designed to increase awareness on how shipping can be made safer for people and the environment. Specific themes and events are held every year to recognize the maritime industry and its impacts on nations across the globe. History The world would arguably be a much different place without shipping practices. Not only would there be an isolation in cultures, but...

International Day against Nuclear Tests

When is International Day against Nuclear Tests? Nuclear weapons have changed the way conflicts are resolved in the world. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki effectively ended the last stage of World War II in 1945 at a high cost. Since then, world powers have fought to develop and test their own weapons to prepare for potential attacks, and to scare off other countries. The United Nations has always operated on a peaceful stance, so it’s no surprise that this is the agency behind the creation of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Held every August 29th, this day...

World Suicide Prevention Day

When is World Suicide Prevention Day? World Suicide Prevention Day occurs every September 10th. The purpose is to raise awareness about the causes of suicide, as well as the subsequently devastating effects on the lives of others. This holiday also aims to increase awareness for resources available in the prevention of suicide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that suicide claims over one million lives worldwide every year. Suicide Facts Suicide is the number one type of preventable premature death. While suicide itself depends on the actions of individuals who commit it, there are many causes that lead to such...

World Ozone Layer Day

When is World Ozone Layer Day? World Ozone Layer Day is held every September 16th. Also called the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, this holiday also commemorates the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. World Ozone Layer Day has become even more prevalent since the turn of the century, as the latest green movement has sparked public interest and education about the effects of human activities on the ozone layer. Importance of the Ozone The ozone layer is just one of the layers within Earth’s atmosphere. It is often considered one of the...

World Humanitarian Day

When is World Humanitarian Day? World Humanitarian Day is observed annually on August 19th. Established by the General Assembly of the United Nations, this holiday is designed to celebrate the humanitarian efforts of citizens around the world – both past and present. It is also a time to encourage humanitarianism in future generations to help increase the likelihood of peace between nations. Celebrating Humanitarianism At its core, humanitarianism operates on empathy and kindness, as well as an inherent need to help others. While many humanitarians work secretly on their own, there are numerous groups and organizations that operate with multiple...

International Day of Peace

When is International Day of Peace? International Day of Peace is held every September 21st. Founded by the United Nations’ General Assembly, this holiday is meant to promote peace and to recognize the peaceful efforts of people all over the world. The holiday is also simply referred to as “Peace Day.” Since its establishment, the International Day of Peace has evolved into one of the most recognized non-public holidays in the world. History The purpose of the United Nations is to create a global community in which the voices of all nations may be heard. This promotes better communication and...