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Published: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 05:00:00 +0000
Friendship is important in all cultures of the world. When friendship can be fostered between two people of different groups or countries, it can build a foundation to create understanding and peace between their countries in the future. With this belief in mind, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed July 30 each year to be the International Day of Friendship. They also intended for the day to support the objectives of some of their other initiatives, such as those of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, and of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
On this day, the United Nations encourages governments, international organizations, and other groups to hold events that promote dialogue among civilizations, understanding, solidarity, and reconciliation. Many countries hold friendship-related events, and education and public awareness-raising activities. One focus is on involving those who will become the future leaders—young people—in community activities that “promote international understanding and respect for diversity.” If those diverse friendships can be built, then the participants’ respective countries and the world will benefit for years to come.
International Day of Friendship is being observed today! It has been observed annually on July 30th since 2011.