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  United Nations celebrates World Chess Day globally on 20 July every year. The day marks the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924. It also provides an important platform to foster, dialogue, solidarity and culture of peace along with recognizing the instrumental role played by the FIDE in supporting international cooperation for chess activity and aiming to improve friendly harmony among all peoples of the world. To celebrate the International Chess Day 2020 top chess personalities will participate in a high-level virtual event “Chess for Recovering Better”.

 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed globally on 26th June every year. The day is observed by the United Nations as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. The theme of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020: “Better Knowledge for Better Care”. The main purpose of the theme is to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and at fostering greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: History
On 7 December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse by passing a resolution 42/112.

 The International Maritime Organization is observed on 25th June as the Day of the Seafarer. On this day, people pay respect to Seafarers and sailors who help the entire world function by conducting sea transport. This year, the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on 25 June. The 2020 campaign for the day: Seafarers are Key Workers. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the work seafarers have done during the pandemic and to thank them for their contribution. It also encourages people to treat them with respect and dignity so they can continue the good work they have been doing.
  • Day of the Seafarer: History
The Day of the Seafarer (DotS) was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention. The first edition of the Day of the Seafarers was observed by IMO in 2011.

 World Hydrography Day is observed globally on 21st June every year. This day was adopted by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) as an annual celebration to publicise the work of hydrographers and the importance of hydrography. World Hydrography Day 2020 theme is “Hydrography enabling autonomous technologies”.
  • History of World Hydrography Day
The IHO came up with the idea of a World Hydrography Day in 2005, and it was welcomed by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution A/RES/60/30 Oceans and the law of the sea. The date chosen to mark the day is the anniversary of the founding of the International Hydrographic Organization.

 Autistic Pride Day is observed globally on 18th June every year. This day is observed to respect the rights of persons with autism. In 2005, the first autistic pride day was celebrated in Brazil by the Aspies For Freedom(AFF) created by Gareth & Amy Nelson and became a global event. A rainbow infinity symbol is used to represent neurodiversity which symbolises the infinite possibilities in the lives of autistic people.
  • What is Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism is a development disorder. The disorder is characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication which may also include restricted and repetitive behaviour. The signs of Autism are often noticed by the parents of the child during the first three years. These signs develop gradually. The World Health Assembly(WHA) adopted the resolution “Comprehensive and coordinated efforts for the management of autism spectrum disorders(ASD)” in May 2014 for the member nations to collaborate with WHO to strengthen the national capacities to address ASD and other developmental disorders.

 Sustainable Gastronomy Day is observed globally on 18th June every year. This day is observed to acknowledge gastronomy as a cultural expression related to nature as well as the cultural diversity of the world. It also reaffirms that each one culture and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development throughout the planet.
  • Sustainable Gastronomy Day: History
The UN General Assembly adopted on 21 December 2016 its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated 18 June as an international observance, Sustainable Gastronomy Day.
  • What is Sustainable Gastronomy?
Gastronomy is sometimes called the art of food. It also can ask a method of cooking from a specific region. In other words, gastronomy often refers to local food and cuisine. Sustainability is the idea that something (e.g. agriculture, fishing or maybe preparation of food) is completed during a way that’s not wasteful of our natural resources and maybe continued into the longer term without being detrimental to our environment or health.

 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17th June every year. The day is observed to spread awareness among people about the cooperation required to combat desertification and the effects of drought. The World Day to Combat Desertification may be a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification is often effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, which key tools to the present aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation in the least levels. The theme of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020: Food. Feed.Fibre. – the links between consumption and land. This year, it is running a campaign under the slogan “Food. Feed. Fibre.” which seeks to teach individuals on the way to reduce their personal impact. This year’s global observance event, hosted by Korea Forest Service, will happen online with a full-day program featuring a spread of exciting events and international talent.
  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: History
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” to market public awareness of the difficulty. The World Day to Combat Desertification may be a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification is often effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, which key tools to the present aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation in the least levels.

International Day of Family Remittances is observed on 16th June every year. The day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrants to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home and to create a future of hope for their children. This year International Day of Family Remittances is celebrated under the theme: “Building resilience in times of crisis”
The objective of the International Day of Family Remittances:
  • Through the observance of IDFR, the United Nations (UN) seeks to create greater awareness about impact remittances have on millions of households, as well as on communities, countries, and entire regions.
  • IDFR also calls upon governments, private sector entities, and civil society, to find ways that can maximize the impact of contributions made in the form of remittances by individuals and collective actions.
 

 The World Accreditation Day (WAD) is celebrated globally on 9th June every year to highlight and promote the role of accreditation in trade & economy. The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) decided the theme for WAD 2020 as “Accreditation: Improving Food Safety”. The two accreditation boards of the Quality Council of India (QCI) namely National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) celebrated the World Accreditation Day 2020 by organising a webinar focussing on “Regulator’s perspective on food safety” and “Industry’s Perspective on food safety”.

  World Ocean Day is observed globally on 8th June every year. This day is observed to raise global awareness about the importance of the ocean in our lives and the ways through which we can protect it. The theme of UN World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” Innovation—relating to the introduction of the latest methods, ideas, or products—is a dynamic term and one that is fundamentally filled with hope.


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