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International Human Solidarity Day being observed world-wide
International Human Solidarity Day (IHSD) is being observed across the world today (December 20) to create awareness about the human oneness as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between people in the twenty-first century.

According to the UN, it is regarded as a day to celebrate unity in diversity; a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication and a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

The UN has urged the world community to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity and promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication.

The UN General Assembly had established the World Solidarity Fund on 20 December 2002. Further, in February 2003, a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme was created with an objective is to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations.

The observance has been linked to development goals as an anti-poverty campaigning event. According to the UN, it is only through collective action can we address such far reaching issues as poverty and growing inequality, climate change, chronic poverty and major health challenges.

"The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will be thus built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity," stated the United Nations.

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