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The United Nations Marks the 30th of July as International Friendship Day

Lucy Sun in Chinese traditional costume along with cultural accessories © 2017 Lucy Sun

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By Malika-Budur Kalila SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)—Today a lot of countries celebrate International Friendship Day. This day is designed to foster friendship and diversity. The date aims to bridge the gap between differences in order to advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity.

The United Nations proclaimed this day in 2001. The main intention was to build communities that will serve for world peace. Since the first year of the date’s announcement, the United Nations encouraged continents, countries and organizations to hold events that remind people about friendship and dialogue. 

Lucy Sun is a Newhouse student from China. So far, she has studied in different countries such as: Canada, the United States, France and Japan. Sun said that since 2014 she has been making friends from all over the world. She added that people can learn a lot through having interaction with foreigners. 

“I think this is the part of globalization movement that is going on today and through diverse cultural background, ethnicity we learn so much from each other,” Sun said. “And I am so grateful of having all my international friends,” she continued. 

Nabiha Asim is a new graduate student at Newhouse School of Public Communications. This is her first time to meet students with various nationalities and backgrounds. Asim said she made two foreign friends and they both had positive impact on her worldview. 

“They are first international friends that I have had,” she said. “Talking to them I realize a lot about the world.”