United Nations Current Affairs - 2020

May 8-9: Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those who Lost their Lives during Second World War

Every year during May 8-9, the United Nations marks the Time of Remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during Second World War. This is being marked as the historic event paved way for the establishment of the United Nations. Also, the day pays tribute to all the victims of Second World War.

Highlights

The day was declared in 2004 as was commemorated by the United Nations since then. However, the UN urged the NGOs, its member countries and other organizations to join the commemoration of the day through a resolution that was passed in 2010.

VE Day and VJ Day

VE Day is called the Victory in Europe Day. The day is widely marked in Europe on May 8. This year the 75th anniversary is being commemorated to end hostilities in Europe. The day signifies the end combat operations in Germany, Greece, Scandinavia, Balkan states and Italy.

The date, however, is not the official end of second world war. This is because, Japan did not surrender till August 15, 1945.

The day Japan surrendered is marked as Victory in the Pacific Day. The day is also called the Victory over Japan Day or VJ Day.

UNEP: Actress Dia Mirza’s term as Goodwill Ambassador extended

On May 7, 2020, the United Nations Environment Programme extended the term of actress Dia Mirza as the Goodwill ambassador of India till 2022. The actress is also United Nations Sustainability Development Goal Advocate.

About Goodwill Ambassadors

A Goodwill Ambassador in general is a person who supports global issue or specific cause. The United Nations appoints goodwill ambassadors for its missions FAO, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNEP, UNODC, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNIDO, WHO, WEP, UNWOMEN, IMO, UN-Habitat, OHCR. Under the programme, UNICEF has the largest number of ambassadors which is 300.

Payments

The Goodwill ambassadors are not paid under the UNEP. However, they will be provided with a symbolic payment of 1 USD per year. They will also be provided travel allowances.

Role of a Good will Ambassador

Good will Ambassadors on the request of the United Nations will raise funds, engage in public advocacy (like creating awareness, etc.). Their term of service is for 2 years.

Dia Mirza Contribution

Dia Mirza had taken active part in the campaign “Beat the Pollution”. She had also made significant contributions towards World Environment Day celebrations, Circular fashions and other UNEP campaigns.

Under Beat the Pollution Campaign India works to become completely free from single use plastics by 2022.