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Rizal’s Birth Anniversary

The country will observe the 157th birth anniversary of national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

The main celebration will be held in Calamba, Laguna where he was born on June 19, 1861.

Tuesday will also be observed as Filipino Youth Day. The observance is in keeping with Proclamation No. 75.

The third week of June will be marked as National Safe Kids Week (Proclamation No. 1307 issued in 2007) and also as Metals and Engineering Week (Proclamation No. 144 issued in 2011).

The third Monday of June, meanwhile, will be marked as
National Tour Guides’ Day (Proclamation No. 574 issued in 2013) to recognize the role of tour guides in the thriving travel and tourism industry of the country.

Day to Combat Desertification

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought will be observed tomorrow.

Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations.

It occurs because dry land ecosystems, which cover over one third of the world‘s land area, are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate land use. Poverty, political instability, deforestation, overgrazing and bad irrigation practices can all undermine the productivity of the land.

Over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification, and about one billion people in more than 100 countries are at risk. These people include many of the world‘s poorest, most marginalized and politically weak citizens.

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

The celebration this year focuses on the theme, “Land Degradation and Migration”.

This year the event examines the important link between land degradation and migration. Among others, environmental degradation, food insecurity and poverty are causes of migration and development challenges.

In just 15 years, the number of international migrants worldwide has risen from 173 million in 2000 to 244 million in 2015.

This year's celebration looks at specific ways local communities can build resilience against current multi-fold development challenges through sustainable land management practices. This day should remind everyone of land’s important role in producing food and generating local employment, as well as its ability to add to the sustainability, stability and security of desertification-affected places.

Sustainable Gastronomy Day

For the first time, Sustainable Gastronomy Day will be observed in the world.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted on Dec. 21 last year its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated June 18 as an international observance, Sustainable Gastronomy Day. 

The decision acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.

Likewise, it emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play, owing to its inter-linkages with the three dimensions of sustainable development, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting agricultural development; and food security, among others.

Elimination of Sexual Violence

On Tuesday next week, the world community will observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence in Conflict.

The event focuses attention “on the voices of forgotten victims of war, who suffer stigma, shame and exclusion in societies polarized by armed conflict.”

The United Nations has noted that the effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy.

The children whose existence emanates from that violence have been labeled “bad blood” or “children of the enemy”, and alienated from their mother’s social group. Children conceived through rape in wartime often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the end of war. They are rarely accepted by society, and unsafe abortion remains a leading cause of maternal mortality in conflict-affected settings, UN said.

The stigma associated with sexual violence can have life-long, and sometimes lethal, repercussions for both survivors and children conceived through rape.

Waterloo Day

Monday will be marked as Waterloo Day in many parts of Europe.

The day is dedicated to the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815. The fight took place near Waterloo, which belongs to Belgium today.

It is a former part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The French army under the command of Napoléon Bonaparte was defeated by the army of the Seventh Coalition, led by General Wellington.

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military, revolutionary dictator and emperor of the French. He is ranked as one of the greatest commanders and one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in history.*

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