International Human Solidarity Day – 20 December 2023

International Human Solidarity Day, observed on 20 December, is an international annual unity day of the United Nations and its member states. The General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, by Resolution 60/209, identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the twenty-first century, and in that regard, decided to proclaim International Human Solidarity Day 20 December each year. By Resolution 57/265, the General Assembly, on 20 December 2002, established the World Solidarity Fund, 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 theme of 2023’s International Human Solidarity Day is ‘Fighting against poverty, corruption and terrorism’.

International Human Solidarity Day is a day to celebrate our unity in diversity, remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements, raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity, encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication; and take action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.