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International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day

Since 2011, every 30 July has been a UN observance called “International Day of Friendship.” The purpose of this observance is to encourage the formation of bonds of friendship between people of different cultures, countries, and backgrounds. It is a day for “human solidarity”, meant to undermine the root causes of violence and division in our world.

With so much hatred, war, poverty, and social disharmony in our world, the International Day of Friendship is meant as an occasion to counteract such negative forces and tendencies.

On this day, the UN encourages national governments, community activists, and social work organisations to schedule special events conducive to reconciliation, better cross-cultural understanding, and general social harmony among all the people groups of the world.

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