26th June (’22): International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is an international observance held annually on 26 June to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour and support victims and survivors throughout the world.

This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable. It is long overdue that a day be dedicated to remembering and supporting the many victims and survivors of torture around the world.

— Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 1998
On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we express our solidarity with, and support for, the hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their family members throughout the world who endure such suffering. We also note the obligation of States not only to prevent torture but to provide all torture victims with effective and prompt redress, compensation and appropriate social, psychological, medical and other forms of rehabilitation. Both the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council have now strongly urged States to establish and support rehabilitation centers or facilities.

— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2012

The day was selected by the United Nations General Assembly for two reasons. First, on 26 June 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed during the midst of World War II – the first international instrument obliging UN members to respect and promote human rights. Second, 26 June 1987 was when the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect.

The decision to annually observe the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was taken by the UN General Assembly at the proposal of Denmark, which is home to the world-renowned International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).

The first 26 June events were launched in 1998. Since then, nearly 100 organizations in dozens of countries all over the world mark the day each year with events, celebrations and campaigns.

26th June (’22): International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

2000 young people participating in the RUN AGAINST DRUGS, organized to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in New Delhi on June 26, 2004 (Saturday).

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It is observed annually on 26 June, since 1989. The date June 26 is to commemorate Lin Zexu’s dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, ending on June 25, 1839,just before the First Opium War in China. The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.

On 26 June 1987, two important texts (Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Outline of Future Activities in Drug Abuse Control & Declaration of the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking) were adopted at the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which was held in Vienna during 17–26 June 1987. The Conference recommended that an annual day should be observed to mark the importance of the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Both the dates 17 June and 26 June were suggested, and in the later meetings 26 June was chosen and written into the draft and final resolution.

It is often referred to by Anti-Drug campaigners as 6/26. A play on Marijuana smokers “4/20” day to celebrate cannabis.

The UN’s 2007 World Drug Report puts the value of the illegal drug trade at US$322 billion a year.

Campaigns, rallies, poster designing and many other programs are conducted. People of different countries celebrate the day together. As drug use increases[citation needed], the day becomes more important.

‘Health for Justice. Justice for Health’, the theme for International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2019, highlights that “justice and health are two sides of the same coin when it comes to addressing drug problems.”

♬ Eros Ramazzotti – Ama

LYRIC

Considera l’ipotesi di non sentirti schiavo di nessuno mai
Decidere della tua vita in piena autonomia
Casomai

Senza preoccuparsi dei giudizi, della gente, dell’ipocrisia
Dei commenti ad alta voce
Dell’invidia che non si lava più via

Inizia qui
Ora a girare un nuovo film
Tu il protagonista
Perché poi sentirsi meglio non è mai uno sbaglio

Ama come senti, in ogni forma libera
Perché anche tu lo sai, lo capirai
Che i sentimenti non puoi tenerli in gabbia
Ama in ogni forma che l’amore libera
Perché anche tu così rinascerai
Tutte le volte che amerai di nuovo

Non dubitare mai del tuo istinto, della sua infallibilità
Scegli il tuo alfabeto e la lingua
È la cura dell’anima

Riscrivi qui
Riscrivi qui il tuo codice così
Perché la vita è troppo corta
Per non viverla di corsa

Ama come senti, in ogni forma libera
Perché anche tu lo sai, lo capirai
Che i sentimenti non puoi tenerli in gabbia
Ama in ogni senso che l’amore libera
Perché anche tu così rinascerai
Tutte le volte che amerai di nuovo

Ama in ogni forma che l’amore libera
Perché anche tu così rinascerai
Tutte le volte che amerai di nuovo

The first floating city in the world will be built on the Maldives Islands, hosting 20,000 inhabitants.

It will be called Maldives Floating City will have a coral shape and will be completed by 2027, but some residents will start moving as early as 2024. The project, created by real estate developer Dutch Docklands and the Maldives government, has a much more useful and profound goal. compared to that of the simple futuristic experiment.

Maldives: a floating city to combat rising waters
In detail, the area where the Maldives archipelago rises – made up of 1,190 low islands – is among the most exposed and vulnerable to climate change. Consequently, the construction of a large floating city is conceived as a “must-have” and practical solution to combat rising ocean water levels.

“This project can demonstrate that there are affordable housing, large communities and normal cities on the water that are also safe. They (the Maldivians) will move from climate refugees to climate innovators,” Koen Olthuis, founder of Waterstudio, told CNN. .

Inside the floating island will be built houses, schools and shops that will be fixed by stabilizers that support it against the waves while keeping the buildings and structures safe against the current.

25th June (’22): Statehood Day [Slovenia]

Statehood Day (Slovene: Dan državnosti) is a holiday that occurs on every 25 June in Slovenia to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Although the formal declaration of independence did not come until 26 June 1991, Statehood Day is considered to be 25 June since that was the date on which the initial acts regarding independence were passed and Slovenia became independent. Slovenia’s declaration jumpstarted the Ten-Day War with Yugoslavia, which it eventually won.

Statehood Day is not to be confused with Slovenia’s Independence and Unity Day, which is celebrated each year on 26 December in honour of 26 December 1990 official proclamation of the results of the plebiscite held three days earlier in which 88.5% of all Slovenian voters were in favor of Slovenia becoming a sovereign nation.

♬ Bob Sinclar feat. Nyv – Borderline

LYRIC

I’m trying to strip off in your mind
Follow the show
You’re gonna fall through desire
Just let it grow
And keep on dancing together
Over the flashlight
Lay down with me to get better
Slowly trick me tonight

Take me to your borderline
I swear that I could love it
There’s no need to be shy
Take me to the other side
Of your sickness story
And your heartless life

Time to play with all my sins
Denying our million lies
Let me see your sweetest dreams
Till we fall in each other’s eyes
Don’t let me go
Before I stopped being confused
It’s time to realize
You need me more than you know
Ain’t got no time to lose
No rules to deny

Take me to your borderline
I swear that I could love it
There’s no need to be shy
Take me to the other side
Of your sickness story
And your heartless life

Oh, take me to your borderline
I swear that I could love it
There’s no need to be shy
Take me to the other side
Of your sickness story
And your heartless life

Borderline
Borderline
Borderline
(Take me to your heartless life)

Borderline
Borderline
Borderline
(Take me your the borderline)

Nevada & Utah – June 2022 – Great Basin and Cedar Breaks — RDZ Photography

Our southbound trip continued with brief visits to two National Park Service units. The first was Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Great Basin National Park’s claim to fame is Wheeler Peak, a 13,000′ high mountain, as well as Lehman Caves. We were too early in the day to visit the cave, so we headed […]

Nevada & Utah – June 2022 – Great Basin and Cedar Breaks — RDZ Photography