International Human Solidarity Day

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2022 Date20 December 2022
2023 Date20 December 2023
International Human Solidarity Day

International Human Solidarity Day History

International Human Solidarity Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of solidarity. This day aims to celebrate unity in diversity. It further aims to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements. It encourages them to reach for new initiatives in order to eradicate poverty.

International Human Solidarity Day was established in 2005 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on December 20th.

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International Human Solidarity Day Facts

  • In the U.S, the poverty line for a family of four is $26,000 a year. For an individual, it is $12,880 a year. According to the 2020 census, 11.4% of Americans live in poverty.
  • In March 2020, the World Health Organization and the U.N launched a coronavirus Solidarity Response Fund in order to raise money and help countries respond to the covid-19 pandemic. The first of its kind, this fund enables private individuals, corporations, and institutions to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts.
  • The U.N estimates that the cost to end extreme poverty is about $175 billion. Extreme poverty means living on $1.90 or less a day. Those in extreme poverty cannot afford the minimum nutrition, clothing, or shelter standards in their country.

International Human Solidarity Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • The U.N lists multiple ways that people can come together to help end poverty. Young voters, policymakers, private sector workers, and academics and scientists can work together to create productive employment that is inclusive and contributes to poverty reduction. If you belong to one of these groups find out how you can make an impact. If not, look for opportunities in your industry.
  • Donate to a reputable charity or organization that works to eliminate poverty. Some examples include Food Pantries or The Hunger Project.
  • Watch a film or documentary highlighting the struggles of poverty to better your understanding and empathy. Here are our suggestions:
    Queen of Katwe (2016)
    Bombay Beach (2011)
    Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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