International Day of Friendship celebratedListen / Tuesday the 30th of July is being observed as the International Day of Friendship.
First proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011, the aim of the day is to show that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
In his message for the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said "The International Day of Friendship is an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many of the tensions and conflicts in today's world. It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promoting lasting peace and fostering sustainable development."
To mark the Day, the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.