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United Nations, Dec 21 (Canadian-Media): It has been declared by the United Nations that International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) would be observed from 2020, United Nations reports said.
This observation provides once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
FAO works with different stakeholders to empower youth to engage in responsible investment in agriculture, following the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems. This is done by creating institutional, policy and incentive frameworks that account for the needs of youth, as well as equipping young agri-entrepreneurs with the skills they need to make their businesses thrive. The following publications have been designed to facilitate this process.
#UN; #InternationalHumanSolidarityDay; #UNGeneralAssembly
United Nations, Dec 20 (Canadian-Media): International Human Solidarity Day (IHSI) is observed all over the universe on Dec 20 of each year, UN reports said.
Human Solidarity Symbol. Image credit: ©United Nations
Solidarity was identified by United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 22 Dec 2005, by resolution 60/209 as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the twenty-first century and decided to proclaim 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day.
On 20 Dec 2002, UN General Assembly established the World Solidarity Fund by resolution 57/265 which was set up in February 2003 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme. Its objective of this fund is to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations.
Observation of International Human Solidarity day on Dec 20 of each year marks a day to celebrate our unity in diversity and remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements; to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity and think of ways to promote it for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication and take action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.
Centred on people and planet and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease, the Sustainable Development Agenda is built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.
In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening of international solidarity is one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character.
#UN; #UNGeneralAssembly;#InternationalMigrantsDay; #GlobalCompactOfLife
United Nations, Dec 18 (Canadian-Media): On the observance of International Migrants Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says, "All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all," UN reports said.
A family faces an uncertain future as dozens of refugees and migrants were rescued by an Italian coastguard vessel and landed at the port of Augusta after their own ship was sinking in the Mediterranean sea in 2015. They had been trying to reach Europe from north Africa to seek asylum.
Image credits: © UNHCR/Francesco Malavolta
December 18 was proclaimed as an International Migration Day in 2000 by the UN General Assembly.
This year’s International Migrants Day theme is: Social Cohesion, Celebrating the integration of migrants into communities around the world.
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s human right and will to overcome adversity and to live a better life.
Today's globalization with advanced communications and transportation, has facilitated the increase in number of people, who have the desire and the capacity to move to better places.
The clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development is being overlooked in this era thereby undermining the importance of the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.
The increasing efforts of the migrants to find a more suitable and developed destinations, enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions is required to overcome the elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration.
United Nations is playing an active catalyst role in this area to propel experience exchange and collaborate opportunities to create more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions.
#MGVM2020; #Gujarat; #India; #9thEditionOfMGVM; #FitIndiaMovement
Gujarat (India), Dec 4 (Canadian-Media): The city of Vadodara (Gujarat), India gets ready for 5th January 2020 for the 9th Edition of the MG Vadodara International Marathon (MGVM), to be held at Navlakhi Ground (Vadodara), India's fittest marathon, media reports said.
AIMS and AFI certified, The MGVM race, ranks in the top 10 of India's marathon majors with a history of attracting elite and professional runners from citizens from all walks of life all across Gujarat and India as well as from abroad.
Established itself as India's largest city marathon, with over 1,00,000 registrations in the 2019 edition, MGVM's 9th edition promises to be even larger.
Echoing the call of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, address to the nation at the launch of the FIT INDIA Movement, on Aug 29, 2009, "The way you made Swachh Bharat movement a success, so should you make the FIT movement a part of your life", MGVM 2020 is showcasing the message of FIT INDIA as its main theme, as a mark of gratitude to Modi for bringing fitness to the forefront, a cause already imbibed in the Vadodara Marathon running for fitness in Vadodara city for almost a decade.
This year's edition of MGVM 2020 is being launched with a lively exercise routine, The VaMo FitStep Challenge. Speaking at the launch of the MGVM 2020, Smt. Tejal Amin, Chairperson of the MG Vadodara Marathon, said, ‘The VaMo FitStep is an initiative to take the #fitindiamovement to the masses reaching out to homemakers, to Corporate sectors, professionals, schools and institutes. This one-minute exercise regime is beneficial, doable and can be readily adapted in the daily routine of all age groups." Further she added, "MGVM prides itself on being an inclusive marathon and we are excited and privileged to welcome Para Athlete and Arjuna awardee Deepa Malik, who has confirmed her presence at the flag off on 5th Jan 2020.She also joins the glittering league as a Brand Ambassador for MGVM2020"
MG Motor India's announcement of its third consecutive association with the 9th edition of the Vadodara International Marathon as its sponsor, the carmaker also aims to support and enhance awareness about the local civic and social causes undertaken by the Vadodara Marathon. The event is also of great strategic importance for the MG brand, as it takes place in the close geographical proximity of its manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat.
Speaking about the upcoming marathon, Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director – MG Motor India said, “As an organisation, MG India is built on four core pillars of diversity, innovation, experiences, and community. Our third consecutive partnership with the Vadodara Marathon underlines our commitment to promoting healthy living and fitness in the community. We are also proud to promote and celebrate the spirit of running, fitness, and healthy living as the sponsor of a landmark event in the national sporting calendar. The turnout for the last two editions has been marvellous and we are expecting a bumper crowd for the Vadodara Marathon 2020 as well. We look forward to a continued partnership in the years to come and build awareness around key aspects of a well-rounded, healthy society.”
It is a matter of pride that MG Vadodara International Marathon has been invited to be part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Qualifying Events giving runners a chance to win World Ranking Points. With this entry the MGVM 2020 enters an elite group of international marathons which include the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathons.
By keeping in line with its tradition of Sports-Seva-Swacchata, MGVM is adopting the cause of Save Water to support the nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyaan initiated by Modi.
An online quiz for school children centred around this theme of fitness would soon be hosted by MGVM2020 to promote awareness about the message of Fitness.
The quiz will also be conducted on Radio Mirchi for the citizens of Vadodara.
For runners comfort, MGVM 2020 also aims to set new benchmarks by introducing more medical booths, upgraded after race recovery zones and more monitoring stations. With a thrust on outstation runners the MGVM team is also working on ways for comfortable stay options.
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World AIDS Day (WAD) is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year as an important international health day to raise awareness and increased access to treatment and prevention services.
The United Nations Secretariat Building is lit with the Red AIDS ribbon, demonstrating the Organization's commitment to the battle against HIV/AIDS, and to spotlight the General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS on June 25-27, 23 June 2001. Image credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Created in 2004 by UNAIDS and since then the World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee started to consult civil society, organisations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response to select a theme for it each year.
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Communities make the difference" and recognizes the essential role of communities the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.
#More than ever we need to harness the role of community-led organizations that advocate for their peers, deliver HIV services, defend human rights and provide support. Where communities are engaged, we see change happen. We see investment lead to results. And we see equality, respect and dignity. With communities, we can end AIDS," said António Guterres, UN Secretary-General.
Patty Hajdu, Canada's Minister of Health and Marc Miller, Canada's Minister of Indigenous Services in their statement said,
#Today marks the 31st annual World AIDS Day – a time to remember those who we’ve lost, support the over 60,000 Canadians living with HIV/AIDS and recommit ourselves to ending this epidemic once and for all. Today also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, which helps draw attention to HIV/AIDS in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities...It’s our responsibility to do everything we can to help these organizations do their work, which is exactly why they’re a central part of our Action Plan on Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections...In the fight against HIV/AIDS, we all have a role to play. As a government, we’ll continue to make major investments in prevention, treatment and care. Yet there is simply no substitute for lived experience, and these efforts will always place the work of community organizations and those living with HIV front and centre. Together, let’s prevent new infections, fight stigma and eliminate AIDS by 2030."
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