Current Affairs 7 April 2019 Digest 1: World Health Day 2019; International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2019
Story 1: World Health Day 2019 observed globally
7 April: World Health Day
The World Health Day was observed across the world on April 7, 2019. The day marked the 71st anniversary of the World Health Organisation.
The theme of World Health Day 2019 was ‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’.
Some countries have already made significant progress towards universal health coverage. However, millions of people still have no access at all to health care. To achieve universal health coverage, over a billion more people need to benefit from health services by 2023.
The main aim is to ensure that everyone, everywhere is able to access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
About World Health Day
• The World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation.
• The Day is celebrated around a specific health theme every year to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organisation.
• The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.
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Story 2: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2019 observed globally
6 April: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) was observed across the world on April 6, 2019. The date commemorates the inauguration of the first ever Olympic games of the modern era in Athens, Greece in 1896.
The day aims to spread awareness about the positive influence that sports can have on the advancement of human rights and economic development.
Role of Sports
Sport plays an important role as a promoter of peace and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. It acts as a powerful tool to bring people together across the boundaries, cultures and religions.
The role of sports for social progress was also acknowledged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:
"Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives."
How was the Day proclaimed?
The United Nations General Assembly on August 23, 2013 through its resolution A/RES/67/296 decided to proclaim 6 April as the International Day of the Sport for the Development and the Peace. The day has been celebrated every year since 2014.
In addition to this, the UNSC in its 58th session proclaimed 2005 as the ‘International Year for Sport and Physical Education’ to promote education, health, development and peace.