Today, more than ever, we need unity and solidarity. Increasing hunger and poverty as a result of growing inequalities in many parts of the world, and the soaring environmental problems, as well as other issues that threaten the lives and well-being of the Earth’s living beings, urges us to stand together and show our mutual support whether as individuals, groups or nations.
The United Nations observes solidarity as a “union of interests, purposes or sympathies” among members of a group. On December 22, 2005, The General Assembly underpinned solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values in the 21st century and decided to dedicate a special day to promote the concept and values of human solidarity.
As a result, December 20 was appointed as International Human Solidarity Day. As outlined by the United Nations, it is a day to celebrate our unity in diversity, to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity, to encourage debates on the ways for promotion of solidarity, and to remind governments to respect their commitments.
The United Nations itself was founded by the idea of global unity and harmony, in order to prompt “collective security that relies on its members’ solidarity to unite for international peace and security”. The General Assembly believes that promoting a culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing is a necessary step in combating inequality and poverty.
The United Nations highlights that “in the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening of international solidarity is indispensable”. The concept of solidarity itself is in line with other attempts of the UN for such purposes, including World Solidarity Fund, the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and more recently Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Before proclaiming the International Human Solidarity Day, the World Solidarity Fund was established on December 20, 2002, as a part of the United Nations Development Programme, in order to “eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations”.
The eight international goals indicated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were defined with respect to specific targets to be reached in specific dates, with the purpose of guiding policy and funding for the next 15 years, after the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. While the success of the initiative was varied in different nations, a more powerful campaign was introduced in 2015.
The Sustainable Development Goals as a part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development intend to provide a better and more sustainable future for everyone: to battle global issues like inequality, poverty and hunger, diseases, climate change, and environmental degradation, and to bring about sustainable cities and communities, economic growth pace and revitalize the global partnerships.
Such well-defined approaches and campaigns demand solidarity and unity of the whole world, and for having a better future we need to take action before it is too late.