International Human Solidarity Day was established in 2005 by the General Assembly of the United Nations as an initiative in the fight against poverty.
It is a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity, celebrate our unity in diversity, and to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements.
So what is solidarity? Solidarity is a union of interests, purposes or sympathies among members of a group. It refers to the ties in a society that bind people together as one.
In the Millennium Declaration world leaders agreed that solidarity was a value that was important to international relations in the 21st century. In light of globalization and growing inequality, the UN realised that strong international solidarity and cooperation was needed to achieve its Millennium Development Goals. The UN was founded on the idea unity and harmony via the concept of collective security that relies on its members’ solidarity to unite for international peace and security.
Today should be used to encourage new initiatives and debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of poverty eradication.