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World Day of Social Justice 2015

Updated Thursday 19th February 2015

20th February is the World Day of Social Justice.

Holding hands etched into brick Creative commons image Icon Jeff Kubina under CC BY-SA 2.0 license under Creative-Commons license 20th February is the World Day of Social Justice promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development.

"The gap between the poorest and the wealthiest around the world is wide and growing. ... We must do more to empower individuals through decent work, support people through social protection, and ensure the voices of the poor and marginalised are heard."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. The UN upholds the principles of social justice by promoting gender equality and the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. They advance social justice by removing barriers faced by people because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of the global mission to promote development and human dignity.

The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Source: UN World Day of Social Justice

The 2015 theme is 'Ending human trafficking and forced labour' and the International Labour Organisation held a panel discussion on the modern forms of forced labour, human trafficking, the vulnerability of workers to exploitation and the impact on national and global social and economic development. Head over to The International Labour Organisation website for more details.

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