The United Nations General Assembly on nineteenth of December Twenty-Eleven designated twenty-first of every March, the World Down Syndrome Day.
It is a day set aside to raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have it and how people with the health condition play vital roles in the society.
Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder that is associated with physical growth delay, cognitive delay, characteristic facial features, mild to moderate intellectual disability and weak muscle tone in infancy.
The theme of this year’s campaign is “What I bring to the Work place”.
It is aimed at reaching out to key employment stakeholders to ensure that they see the benefits of enabling people with Down Syndrome and disabilities to make meaningful contributions in the workplaces.
Also, the International Day of Forests proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2012 is observed every twenty first March to showcase the benefits of forests and trees.
Forests and trees regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion as well as individual wellbeing among others.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Forests for Sustainable Cities”.
IFESINACHI UGWUEZE & JULIET UGWU