International Human Solidarity Day, 20th December 2016

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The 20th December 2016 is International Human Solidarity Day, which is observed every year by the United Nations to promote and celebrate the concept of solidarity, which is central to the aims of the United Nations as an organisation, and to the Sustainable Development Goals.


The United Nations says that International Human Solidarity Day is:

  • a day to celebrate our unity in diversity;

  • a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements;

  • a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity;

  • a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals* including poverty eradication;

  • a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

United Nations, International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December


*The Millenium Development Goals were succeeded by the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.


 Human Solidarity was also the Universal Prayer Intention of Pope Francis for June 2016:



sjs-imageInternational Human Solidarity Day is also an opportunity to read and reflect on the recently released Social Justice Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC): “A Place at the Table: Social justice in an aging society.”


Just as Pope Francis prays that older and marginalised people may find opportunities for encounter and solidarity with others, the Bishops’ Statement looks at the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population and the importance of older Australians remaining active in their community.


The statement can be read at this link. The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council have put out a number of resources in relation to the statement. You can find these here.


For more information about International Human Solidarity Day, head to:


 Source: United Nations, International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December

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