Message of Knights of Malta (KMFAP) on the International Human Solidarity Day, 20th December

This year’s theme is: “Moving together as one”.

On the 22nd December 2005 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that the International Solidarity Day would take place on the 20th December each year. The event aimed to celebrate unity and diversity and to raise people's awareness of the importance of advancing the international development agenda and promoting global understanding of the value of human solidarity. The assembly felt that the promotion of a culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing was important in combating poverty.

Solidarity refers to a union of interests, purposes or sympathies among members of a group. In the Millennium Declaration world leaders agreed that solidarity was a value that was important to international relations in the 21st century. In light of globalization and growing inequality, the UN realized that strong international solidarity and cooperation was needed to achieve its Millennium Development Goals. The UN was founded on the idea unity and harmony via the concept of collective security that relies on its member's solidarity to unite for international peace and security.

On International Human Solidarity Day, governments are reminded of their commitments to international agreements on the need for human solidarity as an initiative to fight against poverty. People are encouraged to debate on ways to promote solidarity and find innovative methods to help eradicate poverty. Activities may include promoting campaigns on issues such as:

  • Fighting against poverty,
  • Banning land mines,
  • Making health and medication accessible to those in need,
  • Relief efforts to help those who suffered the effects of natural or human-made disasters,
  • Achieving universal education,
  • Fighting against corruption and terrorism.

This day is promoted through all forms of media including magazine articles, speeches at official events, and web blogs from groups, individuals or organizations committed to universal solidarity. The Federation of the Autonomous Priories of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta (KMFAP) shares the principles and values of human solidarity as it is formulated in the Statute of KMFAP. The members of the Order are committed to work together as one for the benefit of the society and to help people in need worldwide.

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