International Human Solidarity Day

NEWS RELEASES – The 20th of December is a day dedicated to Human Solidarity as a whole. This concept is of high importance, being one of the initial purposes of the United Nations’ establishment. The International Center for Peace and Human Rights (CIPADH) thus proposes an article on the subject that will introduce the concept of human solidarity, before examining its actual signification. 


As explained by the United Nations (UN), solidarity can be defined as “[…]one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century, wherein those who either suffer or benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. Consequently, in the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening of international solidarity is indispensable.”

The fundamental principle that established the UN is the maintenance of international peace and security. The organization makes clear that in order to cope with its birth concept, its members must encourage solidarity amongst nations and their peoples throughout the world in order to promote peace, human rights and socio-economic development.

Thus, the UN clearly explains the significance of this day by listing its objectives: to celebrate our unity in diversity, remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements, raise public awareness on the importance of solidarity, encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals which include poverty eradication, and embolden new initiatives in achieving these goals.

Furthermore, the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2005 to explain the importance of human solidarity, especially to effectively eliminate world poverty and precariousness. In this sense, it should be underlined that one of the most important corollaries of human solidarity for its effective application is the human investment in helping others in need.  The resolution also reiterates the importance and significance of the creation, in 2002, of the World Solidarity Fund, which is part of the United Nations Development Program and is used to promote development amongst the poorest population of developing countries.

In addition to the previously mentioned efforts, several mechanisms have been put in place by the UN in order take concrete action. For example, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were implemented in the hopes of effectively combatting and instating eight different objectives (ranging from the eradication of hunger to universal primary education) by 2015. Since then, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were established, this time listing seventeen points (with the addition, for instance, of reduced inequalities and clean water for all), and the will to implement them by 2030. 

These goals are the result of governments’ acts of solidarity, surmounting their political differences in order to ensure a brighter future of all peoples and generations to come. Every country, considering their specificities, will be compelled to implement the necessary measures if they wish to adhere to these international guidelines. Indeed, national solidarity is the essential first step towards a durable and efficient enactment of a collective effort at the international level.

Even though several current conflicts and situations all over the world still urgently require peace negotiations, and many essential human rights are violated daily, these mechanisms prove that the international community is concerned and well aware of the present situation, and is prepared to take the necessary actions to stamp out serious world issues.

Exactly two years ago, on this day in 2015 and the same year as the SDG adoption, the independent expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan said the following words, that today help us conclude: “Today let us take that first step even if it is so small no one else will even notice, to do our share in behalf of, and in solidarity with each other. If we all took such small steps daily, and together as one, imagine how far our reach could go on to a brighter future.”


By Taline Bodart