As world friendship day approaches on the 30 July, I am minded of how important my friends are to me, both new and old. We have shared so much together – good and tough times, celebrations and sadness.
To my friends I would like to say:
– you will never know how much I value and appreciate you.
I love this cartoon of Winnie the Pooh, who is the UN’s World Ambassador of Friendship – honestly! In 1998 Winnie the Pooh was chosen as the campaign figurehead by Nane Annan, the wife of Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General at the time.
Let’s think more like Pooh!
If you want to know more:
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in April 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between people, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. As countries and people in the world face numerous challenges including economic crisis, inequality and human rights abuse amongst others, the UN promotes the spirit of human solidarity of which friendships is the best example.
The theme of this year’s World Friendship Day is ‘Sharing the human spirit through friendship’.
The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows on the proposal made by UNESCO defining the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems. It was then adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997 and in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was chosen by Nane Annan, the wife of then UN Secretary- General Kofi Annan, as the World’s Ambassador of Friendships at the United Nations.