Today is the World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice

Today, February 20th, the United Nations celebrates the World Day of Social Justice. Proclaimed for the first time in 2007, over the last ten years the event has worked to focus the international community’s attention on the reduction of social inequalities, the promotion of gender equality and the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. The ultimate goal is to build societies with full employment and access to social well-being for all citizens. The key message is that we advance social justice when we remove barriers of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture.

The World Day of Social Justice emphasizes various issues on the G7 agenda: many of the Italian Presidency’s priorities are in line with those celebrated by the UN today. The G7 will focus on human mobility in an effort to devise the orderly and safe management of migration flows, and on the application of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, with a specific commitment to reduce all inequalities, not only of income or wealth.

To highlight the importance of this World Day of Social Justice, the UN will host the international conference “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work” at its New York headquarters tomorrow. This event will emphasize the role of social justice in the prevention and management of international crises.