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Important Dates in March

It’s the March 2021 and let’s see what are the important dates to remember this month.

March 1st – Zero Discrimination Day

Zero Discrimination Day is celebrated by the UN to promote equality before the law. First celebrated in 2014 this day particularly celebrated by organizations like UNAIDS that combat discrimination against the people living with HIV/AIDS. And activist in India used this day to support LGBTI community.

March 3rd – World Wildlife Day

The World Wildlife Day was named at the UN general assembly in 2013 to raise the awareness of world’s wild fauna and flora as a adoption if the CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). The UN reaffirmed the value of the wildlife and its contribution to the sustainable development and human well being. The 2021 Theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: sustaining people and planet”.

March 8th – International Women’s Day

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After women gained the right to vote in 1917 in Soviet Russia March 8 became a national holiday and eventually it was adopted by the feminist movement on 1967. The UN started celebrating the day in 1977. In some countries it is a holiday while in some it is a day of protest. And it is celebrated in large scale while in some countries ignores the day. UN has various themes for the Women’s Day every year and theme for the 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” to highlight the important role of women during the pandemic as health workers, care givers and innovators.

March 11th – World Kidney Day

World Kidney day is a global awareness campaign focusing the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney diseases. World kidney Day is a joint initiative by ISN (International Society of Nephrology) and IFKF (International Federation of Kidney Foundations) celebrated in the second Thursday of March.

March 14th – World Pie Day & International Day of Action for rivers

Pi day is annually celebrated since 1988, of the mathematical constant π (Pi). According to the month/day format March 14th is written as 3.14 and 3,1,4 are the first significant digits of π, Which is the reason to celebrate this day as Pi day.

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The other significant day is International Day of Action for Rivers which is also celebrated in March 14th. in1985 a small group of volunteers formed an international network to protect rivers and promote sustainable energy development. In 1997 “first international meeting of people affected by dams” was held in Curitiba, Brazil. The participant of this events mandated March 14th as International Day of Action for rivers. The day is celebrated to raise awareness of the large dams that can ruin rivers and the ecosystems attached to it.

March 15th – World Consumer Rights Day

Founded in 1983 by the Consumers International, An international membership organization for consumer groups, the day is celebrated to promote consumer rights. Participants observe the day by promoting the basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and protesting about the market abuses and social injustices. 2021 theme for the day is “Tackling Plastic Pollution”. The campaign will raise awareness and engage consumers globally to adopt and promote more sustainable practices following the last year’s theme ” The Sustainable Consumer”.

March 20th – International Day of Happiness & World Sparrow Day

Established by the UN general assembly in 2012 international day of happiness is celebrated around the world as a way to recognize the importance of happiness. The resolution was initiated by Bhutan, the country that chose happiness over national income.

The other event celebrated on the 20th March is the World Sparrow Day. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the house sparrow. The day was first celebrated in 2010 around the world. House sparrow numbers were not monitored adequately before the mid-1970s. Since then, numbers in rural England have nearly halved while numbers in towns and cities have declined by 60 per cent. Because of these large population declines, the house sparrow is now red-listed as a species of high conservation concern

March 21st – World Forestry Day, World Down Syndrome Day & World Poetry Day

World Forestry Day was established in 2012 by the UN general assembly. To raise awareness of all type of forests and the importance of trees outside the forests the day is celebrated. Countries are encouraged to organize local events such as tree planting campaigns to promote the day and its objectives.

March 21st is also named as the World Down Syndrome Day since 2006. The day was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome

Also World Poetry Day is celebrated on the March 21st, declared by the UNESCO in 1999. The goal is to supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages. In some countries the world poetry day is celebrated in October on the birthday of Virgil, the epic Roman poet.

March 22nd – World Day of Water

World Water Day was named by UN to highlight the importance of water. First celebrated in 1999 the objective is to advocate the sustainable management of fresh water resources. The WWDR or UN World Water Development Report is release in each year around the World Water Day. The theme for each year is selected after the consultation with UN organizations that share an interest in that year’s focus. The theme for 2020 was “Water and Climate Change” but due to the Corona virus pandemic the event also promoted hand washing and hygiene.

March 23rd – World Meteorological Day

On 23rd March World Meteorological Day is celebrated since 1950 after being established by the World Meteorological Organization. The day also highlights the contribution that National Meteorological and Hydro-logical Services make to the safety and well-being of society

March 24th – World TB Day

World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated on the 24th of March every year to raise awareness about the global epidemic of TB (Tuberculosis) and to eliminate the disease. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria affecting the lungs. In 2018 10 million cases and about 1.5 million deaths were reported around the world, mostly in countries with middle or low income.

March 27th – World theater Day

World theater day is celebrated on the 27th March since 1962 established by the ITI (International Theater Institute). This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “Theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognized its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realized its potential for economic growth.

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