Noting that the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of the United Nations’ global mission to promote development and human dignity, 20 February is officially recognized by the UN as the World Social Justice Day.
Objectives of World Social Justice Day
World Social Justice Day aims to 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.
Background: the International Labour Organization Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization
On 10 June 2008, the International Labour Organization (ILO) unanimously adopted the International Labour Organization Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization (the Declaration). In adopting this declaration, the representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations from 182 member States emphasize the key role of the ILO in helping to achieve progress and social justice in the context of globalization.
Significance of the Declaration
The declaration reflects the wide consensus on the need for a strong social dimension to globalization in achieving improved and fair outcomes for all. It constitutes a compass for the promotion of a fair globalization based on Decent Work, as well as a practical tool to accelerate progress in the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda at the country level. It also reflects a productive outlook by highlighting the importance of sustainable enterprises in creating greater employment and income opportunities for all.
The Declaration, a motivating tool for the United Nations
Recognizing this Declaration and the fact that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations, the General Assembly declared that, starting from the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, 20 February would be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice.
“Experience shows that economic growth, on its own, is not sufficient. 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.”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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