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United we stand, divided we fall

Solidarity is identified in the Millennium Declaration as one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century. International Human Solidarity Day is a day to celebrate our unity in diversity, to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements, to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity, to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication, to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

On 20 December 2002, the General Assembly also established the World Solidarity Fund, which was set up in February 2003 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme. Its objective is to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations.

The General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the Twenty-first century. With an indomitable dream of strengthening solidarity, the UN General Assembly, convinced that the promotion of the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing is important for combating poverty, proclaimed 20 of December as International Human Solidarity Day.

Through initiatives such as the establishment of the World Solidarity Fund to eradicate poverty and the proclamation of International Human Solidarity Day, the concept of solidarity was promoted as crucial in the fight against poverty and in the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.

Compiled by Law Desk (SOURCE: UN.ORG)

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