This year’s theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights. The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The International Day of Democracy 2018 coincides with this year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, highlighting the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy.
The day marks the adaptation of Hindi language as the official language of India by the Constituent Assembly of India on September 14, 1949. As per the 2011 census, 43.63 percent of Indians speak Hindi as their mother tongue.
The Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) organised a panel discussion on the occasion of International Literacy Day. The panel was headed by chief guest HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and the guest of honour, Upendra Kushwaha.
Every year on this day, the President of India confers National sports and adventure awards including Arjuna and Khel Ratna to celebrate the achievements of exceptional athletes in the country. However, this year, the date has been postponed to September 25, 2018 in the wake of ongoing Asian Games 2018.
On August 19, 2003, a terrorist attack had hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. The bombing killed 22 people including UN Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later in 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day.
The Day witnessed the unfurling of the National flag at Red Fort in Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the eve of 72nd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation and called for creative thinking in governance that enables fast-track development and ensures social harmony.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a diverse gathering consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials and legislators in New Delhi to mark the World Biofuel Day 2018.
The Day was observed with an aim to strengthen international cooperation for solving problems faced by indigenous peoples in areas such as human rights, the environment, education, health and social development.
The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was observed across the world on July 30 with the theme ‘Responding to the trafficking of children and young people’. This year’s campaign aims to highlight the fact that almost one-third of trafficking victims are children.
The World Hepatitis Day was observed globally on July 28, 2018 with the theme "Test. Treat. Hepatitis". The day aims to scale-up of hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment and care services. Hepatitis is a chronic infection that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes even for years or decades.
On July 26, 1999, the Indian Army successfully took back control of posts stationed at strategic positions, at a treacherous high altitude and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, after fighting for 60 days.
The theme of the World Population Day 2018 was ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights wherein for the first time, family planning was globally affirmed as a human right.
The Day celebrates parliaments and the ways in which parliamentary systems of government improve the day-to-day lives of people the world over. It is also an opportunity for parliaments to take stock, identify challenges, and ways to address them effectively.