June Observances

June Observances

June 5

World Environment Day

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife Trade.  The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and pushing whole species towards extinction.  For more information, please click here.   For prayer resource, please click here.



June 12

World Day Against Child Labor

The focus of the 2016 World Day Against Child Labor is on child labor and supply chains. Supply chains are the sequence of activities/processes involved in the production and distribution of a product. With globalization, supply chains have become increasingly complex, involving workers, small producers, and enterprises around the world.

With 168 million children still in child labor, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labor may be present. Enterprises need to be vigilant to ensure that their supply chains are free from child labor or risk having their reputations ruined and their business seriously damaged.

The World Day is an opportunity to shine a light on what can be done to keep child labor out of supply chains.

June 17

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear and the houses we live – it all stems from land resources. This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification advocates for the importance of inclusive cooperation to restore and rehabilitate degraded land


June 20

World Refugee Day

Each day thousands of families are forced to flee their homes. The UN Refugee Agency believes that all refugees deserve to live in safety. Please add your name to a petition which will be delivered to UN prior to the General Assembly meeting on September 19.  The petition asks governments to ensure every refugee child gets an education, has a safe place safe to live and ensures that every refugee can work and make a positive contribution to their community.  Please click here to sign the petition.



June 21

National Aboriginal Day—Canada

National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the commemoration.


June 26

International Day in Support Victims of Torture

The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held annually to speak out against the crime of torture and to honor and support victims and survivors throughout the world.  For prayer resources and for more information, please click here.