As part of International Literacy Day, people are reminded of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and nations, as well as the requirements to build more literate societies around the world.
This year's theme is: "Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030".
World Heart Day is observed in many different ways across the world. Foundations and professional societies have devised innovative ways of marking the event. In many countries, there has been close collaboration between national societies and foundations.
World Tourism Day is held each year on September 27. Its aim is to foster awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is annually observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods, and the consequences of slave trade.
On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (July 30), Caritas Internationalis and COATNET urge governments to intensify efforts to identify victims of trafficking and exploitation, the number of which is worryingly increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.