Current Affairs June 2017 - Important Days
1 - World Milk Day
The seventeenth World Milk Day was celebrated on 1 June 2017. It has been observed annually since 2001. The Day provides an opportunity to focus attention on milk and to publicise activities connected with milk and the milk industry.
The day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food.
The theme for this year is “World Milk Day: Raise a Glass".
2 - World Environment Day
The World Environment Day is observed annually on fifth of June. The day celebrates the natural environment and allows a global platform to raise awareness on the environmental issues worldwide, with plans to mitigate these issues as a global community.
The theme for 2017, ‘Connecting People to Nature’, urges to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and to think about how people are part of nature and how intimately they depend on it.
3 - World Oceans Day
The World Oceans Day is celebrated annually on 8 June across the globe. The theme for this year was “Our oceans, our future”. This year's theme encourages solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.
The Day is celebrated to honour the world's oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood.
It reminds every one of the major role the oceans have in everyday life and inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
4 - International Albinism Day observed worldwide on June 13
The International Albinism Awareness Day is observed annually on June 13. This year it was the third International Albinism Awareness Day. The day focuses on raising public awareness of albinism and preventing attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide.
Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth. Almost all people with albinism are visually impaired and are prone to developing skin cancer.
5 - 2017 World elderly abuse awareness day observed
World elderly abuse awareness day was observed on 15 June across the globe. It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 66/127 December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
The 2017 WEAAD marks effective measures of strengthening protections against financial and material exploitation, including by improving the understanding of this form of elder abuse and discussing measures of ensuring the participation of older adults themselves in ending victimization.
6 - June 21 observed as International Yoga Day
The International Day of Yoga was observed across the globe on 21 June. The theme was – "Yoga for Health".
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21st of June as an International Yoga Day on 11th of December in 2014. The day is also called as the World Yoga Day.
In India, the Union Government organised many mass yoga demonstrations at various parts of the world. Many organisations around the world, organized events to create a Guinness World Record by forming longest human chains and other Yoga related activities.
7 - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed annually on 26 June against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. The theme for 2017 is – "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe."
The observance was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec 7, 1987. The day is celebrated worldwide to make people aware and emphasize the hazards of drug addiction and illegal trafficking.
8 - National Statistics Day observed on 29 June
In recognition of the notable contributions made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics, statistical system and economic planning, Government of India in 2007, designated 29th June the birth anniversary of Prof. Mahalanobis as the “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated every year at the National Level.
On the 11th Statistics Day, the Minister of Statistics and Program Implementation, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda, inaugurated an exhibition on Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis in Mahalanobis Bhawan, Baranagar and Kolkata.