Written by Claire Messenger, Manager, International Training Programme

On Friday 30 July it will be International Day of Friendship.  The day was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution from the UN placed particular focus on community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.  To mark the day they are encouraging organisations to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote a dialogue towards solidarity and mutual understanding.

The UN say ‘our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.

Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good’.

The International Training Programme, as well as sharing knowledge, skills and experiences, has been a wonderful place for global friendships to be formed. Connections are made and preconceptions are dispelled.  The alumni represent a global network with shared experiences that grow into lasting friendships.

So, we’d love to hear from you on International Day of Friendship.

If you would like to take part and share your institutions project and programmes for the day; exchange photographs of your time on the International Training Programme or share stories of the connections you’ve made on the ITP that have endured over the years we’d love to hear from you.  And please hashtag your post with #britmusitp and #DayOfFriendship so we can gather and re-share your posts.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.