Important Days and Events

Latest Events & Observances Current Affairs 2019-20 related to important days, weeks and months. In this category, we put important days celebrated and observed in India and states.

23rd June: International Olympic Day

On 23rd June 1894, the International Olympic Committee was founded in Paris. The day 23rd June was chosen to be celebrated as International Olympic Day to commemorate the foundation day of the International Olympic Committee.

International Olympic Day was first celebrated in the year 1948. A total of 9 countries celebrated the day in their respective countries in 1948. But today with time the energy and positivity with which the Olympians have inspired millions across the globe, the celebrations for the day are truly global in nature now.

Irrespective of any sort of discrimination based on age, gender, etc, the National Olympic Committees across the world conduct creative events on this day that are based on three pillars ‘Move, Learn, and Discover’.

Significance for 2020

During these times of a pandemic, by sharing their home workouts, Olympians have become a source of inspiration and motivation for many across the world.  These efforts made by Olympians at the time of a pandemic is to make everyone realize the importance of being active for staying healthy in mind and body.

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Summer and Winter Olympic Games are organized by the IOC. It is a non-governmental sports organization headquartered at Lausanne, Switzerland. It was founded by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas on 23rd June 1894.

23rd June: United Nations Public Service Day

By adopting resolution 57/277 on 20th December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated 23rd June to be observed as ‘United Nations Public Service Day’ in order to highlight the value and virtue of public service to the community.

The day is also observed so that the value of public service for the development of the society can be understood by the younger generation, further they can be encouraged to pursue careers in the public sector.

Significance for 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions and has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people globally.  At these difficult times when health care organizations are strained, lockdowns have led to a loss of jobs and financial crisis, education system, social life, etc are disrupted, this year’s United Nations Public Service Day is to honour the frontline workers (Healthcare, sanitation, public servants, social welfare groups, transportation, law enforcement etc) who risk their lives to provide the essential services for the society.

Public Service for SDGs

For countries to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is essential that the public institutions in an economy are inclusive, effective, and accountable for all in society. The day is also to remind Governments across the world that the critical and essential role public administration plays towards improving people’s lives.