International Human Solidarity Day 2011
International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December 2011: In the Millennium Declaration world leaders identified Solidarity as one of the fundamental values essential to international relations in the twenty-first century and emphasized that “Global challenges must be managed in a way that distributes the costs and burdens fairly in accordance with basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most.” In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, the strengthening of international solidarity and cooperation is indispensable for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.
Convinced that the promotion of the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing was important for combating poverty, the General Assembly proclaimed 20 December as International Human Solidarity Day.
Message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Human Solidarity Day 2011 (English)
Message of the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on the International Human Solidarity Day 2011 (English)
Message by the United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, Virginia Dandan to mark the Day (English)
Virginia Dandan, Panel Right to Development, 7th Plenary Meeting, 18th Session of the Human Rights Council, 14 September 2011
News Release: Durban: An urgent call for ‘preventive’ international solidarity to fight climate change