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Let us cultivate solidarity as a single human family on our one and only planet: UN chief on International Friendship Day
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 31 Jul 2014

On the occasion of International Friendship Day (IFD) being celebrated on July 30, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged people to reach out to one another as friends and build long-term foundations for lasting peace. "Let us remember the ties that bind us together, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or borders," Ban said in his message. He added, "Let us cultivate solidarity as a single human family on our one and only planet."

IFD is a day for celebrating friendship worldwide on July 30. Initially created by the greeting card industry and supported by social networking has become popular and widespread on the Internet. However, on the internet, the day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August.

It was On 27 April 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as official IFD. The observance has become popular among youth over the years. However, it is expected that IFD be observed keeping in view local culture.

It is worth noting that the concept of friendship is one of the founding principles of the UN family. The UN Charter proclaims that one of the purposes of the Organization is "to develop friendly relations among nations," words that also appear in the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.