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World Day of Social Justice 2014: Feb. 20 set by U.N. for social world harmony

The first of social justice on World Day of social justice
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The World Day of Social Justice has arrived this 2014, marking Feb. 20 as an important unofficial holiday in which the human race can reflect on serious issues like poverty, unemployment, and progress. Officially formed by the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly back in 2007, today stands as a yearly time of contemplation for the world to contemplate social justice issues and promote human harmony across the globe. National Whatever Day News offers updated information on this important day this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, as well as describing the history and new goals surrounding this annual tradition.

Although there are fun and interesting unofficial and customary holidays set throughout the year in the realm of pop culture — today is in fact National Handcuff Day, no less — Feb. 20 also serves as the World Day of Social Justice. This 2014, the day prompts people to recognize the needs of others all across the globe, and how well the human race is working to dispel poverty, unemployment, suffering, and brutality together.

It was the U.N. General Assembly that formally decided to observe Feb. 20 each and every year as a day set for social justice. The decision was approved together on Nov. 26, 2007, and officially began to be put into practice less than two years later in 2009.

The World Day of Social Justice 2014 marks a moment as recognized by the World Summit to “develop aims at improving human social justice, harmony, solidarity, and equality within and among countries.” It hopes to achieve the opportunity for equity and fundamental values of peace and welcome among all people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and societies.

This unofficial holiday might sound abstract and difficult to accomplish, but the U.N. hopes that greater awareness will lead people — little by little — to make a difference. In a way, the World Day of Social Justice hopes to cultivate a “society for all” form of governments that commit themselves to promote social justice at all levels, including affordable access to life-giving resources and opportunity for all people. Finally, within this scope of social justice, economic growth is also tempered with respect for human rights and a set of fundamental freedoms.

Armed with this knowledge this Feb. 20, 2014, a day dedicated to social justice: try to do your part today — or at least reflect on ways — in which you can instill harmony in your home or work environment, or to simply make a difference in the life of a stranger.