Cuba and the United States severed diplomatic ties over 54 years ago. Today they will officially resume diplomatic relations, and reopen their embassies (albeit amidst concerns from political activists). Also, in a spirit of goodwill, prior to officially re-establishing ties, Obama noted that Cuba and the United States ‘can disagree with a spirit of respect and civility’. With the newly burgeoning relationship between the US and Cuba, it seems fitting to note that July 30, 2015 is International Day of Friendship.
What is International Day of Friendship?
The United Nations (2015) notes the following about International Day of Friendship:
- The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.
- The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
- To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the following about International Day of Friendship: “On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family. “.
Related to Topic:
- Bill C-51: The Good, The Bad . . . And The Truly Ugly (The Walrus, Article)
- Che Guevara’s Son On Cuba’s Coming Identity Crisis (PBS, Video)