World Day of Social Justice
On November 26, 2007, the General Assembly declared 20 February as World Day of Social Justice, highlighting the need to promote social justice and bring more attention to the various existing social issues including gender equality, exclusion and poverty.
Similarly, on the 10th of June 2008, the International Labor Organization unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, reflecting the important role we must play in achieving progress and social justice in the context of globalization and it’s indispensable effect on the maintenance of peace and security.
Within that context, statistics highlight that by 2019, more than 212 million people were unemployed and by 2030 more than 600 million new jobs will be required to keep pace with the growth of the working-age population.
The celebration of the International Day of Social Justice confirms the irrefutable fact that social development and social justice and the maintenance of peace and security are closely interlinked with the respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
This year in particular, the observance of this day focuses on ensuring social justice in the thriving era of the digital economy. The Coronavirus Pandemic has demonstrated the need in adapting to the imposed restrictions which in turn contributed to the growth of the digital economy as the world shifted to digital platforms.
Although digital platforms provided the flexibility needed and income generating opportunities in lieu of traditional workforces, many challenges remain in regards to fair working conditions, social protection, as well as unfair competition and the inability of some to adapt to the digital transformations.
The observance of this occasion provides the opportunity to encourage dialogue with Member States, relevant United Nations institutions and other key stakeholders on the necessary measures required to bridge the digital divide evident between developed and developing countries and ensure equal employment opportunities.
The Geneva Institute for Human Rights praises the efforts of governments, UN agencies, international organizations and other stakeholders in the prevalence of human rights for all, without discrimination on the basis of legal, political or economic circumstances.