The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations designated day to promote friendship and respect among people, cultures and countries to achieve peace and harmony. The European Union, a regional intergovernmental organization, acknowledges and celebrates the International Day of Friendship as an opportunity to bring people together and foster social connections across different countries and cultures. The EU recognizes the power of friendship as a key driver to address global challenges such as climate change, poverty, and conflict.
The history of the International Day of Friendship can be traced back to 1958 when the World Friendship Crusade, an international organization, proposed the concept of World Friendship Day. The United Nations officially recognized and adopted the International Day of Friendship in 2011, recognizing its important role in improving international relations, social cohesion, and peace-building efforts.
In the European Union, the International Day of Friendship is celebrated through various events and initiatives that focus on building bridges between different communities and fostering mutual understanding and respect. These events may include cultural exchange programs, group activities, and social media campaigns aimed at promoting friendship and solidarity. The International Day of Friendship is observed annually on July 30th.
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