WHAT IS THE WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE?
On 26 November 2007, the UN General Assembly declared that 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice. In doing so, it recognizes that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations, and supports the global efforts in poverty eradication, equal rights and the promotion of full employment and decent work.
WHY IS THIS DAY IMPORTANT?
Social justice means fairness and equality for all. For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization by the International Labour Organization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. Also, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the international community’s plan for ending poverty, reducing inequality, promoting inclusiveness and creating sustainable economic growth.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
To get involved in the celebration of this international day, you may plan special activities or events focusing on themes such as poverty, social and economic inclusion or employment. You may also express your thoughts by writing an article for the university newspaper or making a creative video and uploading it online. Lastly, please share your #WorldJusticeDay activities with @ImpactUN on social media!