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World Day of Social Justice 2024: Date, theme, significance and history

As grave injustices and widespread labour insecurity threaten social issues, the World Day of Social Justice stresses on the need to build fairer and more equitable societies

Residents collect packs of bottled drinking water from a distribution point in the Majicavo district in Mamoudzou on the French Ocean island of Mayotte, on February 19, 2024. (AFP)Premium
Residents collect packs of bottled drinking water from a distribution point in the Majicavo district in Mamoudzou on the French Ocean island of Mayotte, on February 19, 2024. (AFP)

Every year on 20 February the World Day of Social Justice is observed worldwide. 

As grave injustices and widespread labour insecurity threaten social issues, the day stresses the need to build fairer and more equitable societies.

World Day of Social Justice 2024: Theme

The theme of World Day of Social Justice 2024 is "Bridging Gaps, Building Alliances". The United Nations chose this theme to emphasise the importance of collaboration and partnership in addressing the world's challenges.

World Day of Social Justice 2024: History

On 26 November 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared that starting from the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization on 10 June 2008.

World Day of Social Justice 2024: Significance

The idea behind celebrating World Day of Social Justice is that improving social justice should be the primary goal of all national and international policies.

“Supporters contend that promoting decent work and a fair globalization agenda focused on fundamental rights, employment opportunities, social protections, and constructive social dialogue between governments, employers, and workers is key to putting social justice at the core," according to the United Nations (UN) website.

“However, advocates point out the persisting grave injustices, widespread labour insecurity, high inequality, and unravelling social contracts exacerbated by global crises," the UN said.

According to the UN, social development and social justice are indispensable for achieving and maintaining peace and security within and among nations.

It also said that social development and social justice cannot be attained in the absence of peace and security, or in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Globalization and interdependence are opening new opportunities through trade, investment and capital flows, and advances in technology, including information technology, for the growth of the world economy and the development and improvement of living standards around the world. At the same time, there remain serious challenges, including serious financial crises, insecurity, poverty, exclusion, and inequality within and among societies, and considerable obstacles to further integration and full participation in the global economy for developing countries, as well as some countries with economies in transition, said the UN. 

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Published: 20 Feb 2024, 05:58 AM IST
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