Since the birth of the United Nations, the concept of solidarity has defined its work – drawing peoples and nations of the world together to promote peace, human rights, and social and economic development.
Solidarity is identified in the Millennium Declaration as a fundamental value of 21st Century international relations.
On 20 December 2002, the General Assembly adopted resolution 57/265, establishing the World Solidarity Fund – a UN Development Programme trust fund to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries.
In light of globalization and the challenges of growing inequality, it has become increasingly more essential to strengthen international solidarity – a crucial component in the fight against poverty.
Through its resolution 60/209 of 22 December 2005, the UN General Assembly recognized the universal value and underlying importance of solidarity in relations between peoples, proclaiming 20 December International Human Solidarity Day.
It is a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements and to encourage debate on the ways to eradicate poverty.
With diversity under attack in so many parts of the world, International Human Solidarity Day also provides an opportunity to reaffirm our common humanity, defend our shared values and create a better future for all.
The Day offers everyone the occasion to act together as one to work towards achieving shared prosperity and peace, protecting the planet and fostering a life of dignity for all.