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Jan 31/2017
Edmonton, AB
UAlberta Sustainability Speaker Series: Manulani Aluli-Meyer
How can we enrich our current model of progress and develop spiritual intelligence?

Hawaiian-born Manulani Aluli-Meyer is a Harvard-trained expert on indigenous epistemology, and comes from a group of scholar-activists working in areas as diverse as alternative education, prison reform, food sovereignty, philosophy and music.

She will share vital, world-changing concepts from her own culture and learnings. Learn what these indigenous worldviews have to say about the sciences, knowledge building, and interdependence. Explore a new understanding of the philosophy of knowledge and your role in the transformation of our society. Appreciate the role of observable knowledge and contextual learning in this transformation.

Venue:  University of Alberta
Location:  Edmonton, AB
Website:  http://www.sustainability.ualberta.ca/Events/SustainabilitySpeakerSeries.aspx
For information contact:  maja.osmanagic@ualberta.ca
Phone:  780-248-1916
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education
Feb 1/2017
to Feb 7/2017
World Interfaith Harmony Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event to be observed during the first week of February starting in 2011.

World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5PDF document adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to support during that week the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/interfaithharmonyweek/
Categories:   International; Religious
Feb 4/2017
World Cancer Day
Each year on 4 February, WHO and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) supports Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer.

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/cancerday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Feb 6/2017
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.

To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/femalegenitalmutilationday/index.shtml
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Feb 7/2017
Ottawa, ON
Octopus book club: Worldly Goods by Alice Pattersen
An old record player; an unposted letter; a pearl necklace never purchased; a badly written poem from the woman you love: tokens, gifts, and objects lost or left behind, desired or not wanted at all are the starting points for the stories in Worldly Goods, a new collection by Alice Petersen. The stories reveal that ownership is more than possession, for Petersen shows how small objects stand as markers of our attempts to communicate with each other.

Time:  6:00 p.m.
Venue:  Octopus Books
Location:  116 Third Ave., Ottawa, ON
For information contact:  events@octopusbooks.ca
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Feb 9/2017
Ottawa, ON
Screening of All Governments Lie at ByTowne Cinema, Ottawa
For his feature documentary debut, director Fred Peabody brings on big-name investigative journalists such as Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and others to create a damning indictment of mainstream media. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, And The Spirit Of I.F. Stone weaves together the efforts of these contemporary figures with the impact of I.F. Stone, who covered Lyndon B. Johnson, the Vietnam War and more, largely through his newsletter I.F. Stone’s Weekly.

Venue:  ByTowne Cinema
Location:  325 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.bytowne.ca/movie/all-governments-lie
Phone:  (613) 789-FILM
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 10/2017
Alliston, ON
Forests Ontario Annual Conference
We are excited to announce that registration for the 2017 Forests Ontario Annual Conference is now open! The conference will take place on Friday, February 10th at the Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston. Early bird registration rates will be available until December 31, 2016 - so register early and save!

This year we will be exploring the theme of It Takes A Forest. The forests of Ontario have a great story to tell – so let’s start telling it! It takes a forest to keep us healthy, support wildlife, build our communities and fight climate change. As society makes critical decisions regarding our forests, it is now more important than ever that we all understand the importance of this resource in a changing world. Join us and over 300 landowners, forestry professionals, educators and students, at one of Ontario's largest forestry conferences. Come to learn, network, and engage in conversations around the future of Ontario's forests.

Venue:  Nottawasaga Inn
Location:  6015 Highway 89, Alliston, ON
Website:  http://www.forestsontario.ca/community/annual-conference/
For information contact:  jkaknevicius@forestsontario.ca
Phone:  416-646-1193
Categories:   Environment; Forestry, Lumber, Paper
Feb 11/2017
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Science & Technology; Women
Feb 13/2017
World Radio Day [UNESCO]
UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February.

UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain.

Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.

Website:  http://www.diamundialradio.org/?q=en
Categories:   International; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 14/2017
Toronto, ON
How to let go world and love all things climate can't change (free screening) with Green 13
Join Green 13 for a free screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary by Oscar nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland; Gasland II) as he travels the globe to meet with global climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny, tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stabilitiy of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants. Although it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences of climate change, this film inspires hope by focusing on what climate change can't destroy.

Time:  6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Venue:  Annette Library
Location:  145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.green13toronto.org/event/how-let-go-world-and-love-all-things-climate-cant-change
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Feb 15/2017
Toronto, ON
Finding 19th Century Black History In Toronto
Through the examination of petitions and Black newspapers, historian Hilary Dawson sheds light on the successes, struggles and realities of Toronto's 1799 Black Etobicoke community of 25 people.

Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venue:  Maria A Shchuka Library
Location:  1745 Eglinton W, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Feb 16/2017
Toronto, ON
An Ordinary Man
Historian Hilary Dawson recounts the extraordinary story of Joshua Glover, a runaway slave whose actions helped galvanize the abolition movement.

Time:  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Venue:  Brentwood Library
Location:  36 Brentwood N, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 16/2017
Toronto, ON
Never Stop Fighting Systemic Discrimination
Beverly Salmon shares her story of growing up in north T.O., of becoming Toronto's first Black female councillor and taking on the Wynne government to end racial profiling.

Time:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Venue:  Downsview Library
Location:  2793 Keele, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 18/2017
Winnipeg, MB
Screening of All Governments Lie: Winnipeg
Following the Saturday, February 18, 3 pm screening there will be discussion on contemporary journalism and covering the government.

Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Our cameras follow as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago. Featuring Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Carl Bernstein, David Corn, John Carlos Frey, Ana Kasparian, Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, Nermeen Shaikh, and Cenk Uygur.

Time:  3:00 p.m.
Venue:  Winnipeg Film Group
Location:  304 – 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB
Website:  http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/event/all-governments-lie-truth-deception-and-the-spirit-of
For information contact:  info@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Feb 20/2017
World Day of Social Justice
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 21/2017
International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 (30C/62).

On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world". By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/
Categories:   Education; International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 21/2017
to Feb 22/2017
Mississauga, ON
Ontario Geothermal Association Conference 2017
The 7th annual OGA Conference will welcome leaders in the geothermal industry from across North America. It will be the must-attend networking and knowledge building opportunity of the year for this sector.

Program Highlights:

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan: One Year Later

The Enbridge proposition: can a natural gas utility change the rules for geothermal

Infrastructure Ontario’s energy strategy and the potential for geothermal

American and European Perspectives on the Ontario Marketplace

The link to energy efficiency and the role of IESO

The latest research from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund studies

Private sector low carbon initiatives: Ellis Don leads the way

Venue:  Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale
Location:  6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON
Website:  http://www.ontariogeothermal.ca/oga-conference-2017.html
For information contact:  ksandy@hrai.ca
Categories:   Environment
Feb 24/2017
Toronto, ON
Toronto Launch of Psychiatry Interrogated: An Institutional Ethnography Anthology
The Toronto launch and indeed, the premiere launch of the exciting new book Psychiatry: Interrogated: An Institutional Ethnography Anthology, ed. Bonnie Burstow. This much anticipated book launch is taking place Friday Feb 24 at 5:30 in the Nexus Lounge (12th Floor) at OISE. The book itself is the world’s very first anthology of institutional ethnography investigations into psychiatry and hopefully, it will pave the way for others. Cosponsors include: Leadership Higher and Adult Education at OISE/UT, Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, and the Transformative Learning Centre for Community Activism. Scheduled speakers are: Editor and contributor Dr. Bonnie Burstow, Dr. Nina Bascia, and such wonderful researchers and contributors as Dr. Jennifer Poole, Lauren Spring, Mary Jean Hande, Efrat Gold, and Rob Wipond. A Q&A and light refreshments will follow. Books available.

Are you wary of psychiatry? Do you wish to learn more about some of the nooks and crannies of this regime of ruling and how they operate? Are you interested in integrating institutional ethnography into your activism? Do you know of or have you heard of any of these fascinating speakers? If you answer any of these questions in the affirmative, by all means join us.

Time:  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Venue:  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Location:  252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Mar 1/2017
Zero Discrimination Day
At its 37th meeting, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board adopted a new strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. The UNAIDS 2016–2021 Strategy is one of the first in the United Nations system to be aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the framework for global development policy over the next 15 years, including ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Website:  http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/2016_zerodiscriminationday
Categories:   Education; International; Health/Health Care
Mar 3/2017
World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Education; International
Mar 4/2017
to Mar 5/2017
London, ON
Permaculture Foundations: The Path of Regeneration
Permaculture is a complete design system, based on principles of ecology and sustainability that can be used to create resilient, economically stable, and productive landscapes, home and communities.

At its simplest, permaculture is an eco-logical approach to design. It can be described as a way of thinking, making decisions and designing human habitat and culture based on observing nature. Permaculture has a set of ethics and design principles which can be applied to all areas of our lives, including gardens, energy systems, business, economy and social structures.

In this workshop you will learn the foundations of Permaculture. The workshop contains a healthy mixture of theory and engaging hands-on exercises with a focus on the creation of a forest garden. Learn methods and strategies for creating positive changes in your life, community and the environment. Informative, inspiring and practical!

Venue:  The Living Centre
Location:  5871 Bells Road, London, ON
Website:  http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/introduction-to-permaculture
For information contact:  info@thelivingcentre.com
Phone:  519-652-9109
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 8/2017
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Mar 17/2017
Toronto, ON
Slotozilla Green Meeting - carpooling & alternatives to driving
The main aim of this corporate meeting is to encourage carpooling or alternatives to driving.

The director of Slotozilla will offer transit passes to employees who take the bus or subway and bike racks for cyclists. The main goal of this program is to inspire employees to experience environmental sustainability on a personal level.

Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.slotozilla.com/
For information contact:  slotozilla.com@gmail.com
Phone:  772-320-0339
Categories:   Environment; Transportation & Travel
Mar 20/2017
International Day of Happiness
What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. The UN just launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government to celebrate the International Day of Happiness each year on March 20.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Mar 21/2017
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
We need to fight racism everywhere, every day. But on 21 March – proclaimed by the General Assembly as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – all eyes are on the issue.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 21/2017
International Day of Forests
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.

Forests cover one third of the Earth's land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people - including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures - depend on forests for their livelihood.

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.

Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate - 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/
Categories:   Education; Environment; International
Mar 21/2017
International Day of Nowruz
International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nowruzday/
Categories:   International; Environment
Mar 21/2017
World Down Syndrome Day
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.

Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programmes and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/
Categories:   Education; Health/Health Care; International
Mar 21/2017
World Poetry Day
Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.

Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Mar 21/2017
to Mar 27/2017
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24).

On this occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/week.shtml
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 22/2017
World Water Day
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 23 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue. Join the movement.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 23/2017
World Meteorological Day
Various regions around the globe have faced hotter, drier, and wetter condiitons over the past few years. Fortunately, the world’s governments are now fully convinced of the scientific evidence of climate change and the need to take urgent action. More research and investment is needed for advancing low-carbon technol- ogies, particularly in the energy sector. But already many policies, technologies and actions are available, and their deployment needs to be scaled up. Individual citizens, community leaders, businesses, civil society organiza- tions, governments and the United Nations system must all contribute.

Website:  http://www.wmo.int/worldmetday/#section-1
Categories:   Environment; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 24/2017
International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
The purpose of the Day is to:

Honour the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice;
Pay tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, the struggle to promote and protect human rights for all;
Recognize, in particular, the important work and values of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assasinated on 24 March 1980, after denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable populations and defending the principles of protecting lives, promoting human dignity and opposition to all forms of violence.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/righttotruthday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 24/2017
World Tuberculosis Day
In advance of World TB Day, WHO is calling on countries and partners to "Unite to End TB." This is an ambitious aim. While there has been significant progress in the fight against TB, with 43 million lives saved since 2000, the battle is only half-won.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/tb-day/2016/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 25/2017
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.

Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 25/2017
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
As of 15 March 2015, 33 UN and associated personnel were detained by State authorities in 15 countries. One staff member is missing and two contractors remain in the custody of abductors.

The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist who was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) when he was abducted by armed gunman in 1985. His body was finally found in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in 2009.

The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members has taken on even greater importance in recent years, as attacks against the United Nations intensify. This is a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/detainedstaffday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 2/2017
World Autism Awareness Day
Autism and other forms of disability are part of the human experience that contributes to human diversity. As such, the United Nations has emphasized the need to mainstream disability in the Organization’s development agenda. Mainstreaming disability requires an integral approach in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that inequality is not perpetuated.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/
Categories:   Disability Issues; Education; International
Apr 4/2017
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mineawarenessday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Mining & Petroleum
Apr 4/2017
to Apr 7/2017
Montreal, QC
IAIA17: Impact Assessment Conference 2017
Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

Using our skills to adapt or mitigate the adverse effects of climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face as professionals and citizens. You are invited to join IAIA in Montréal to share information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.

Venue:  Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel
Location:  1201 Boulevard René-Lévesque, Montreal, QC
Categories:   Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 6/2017
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
After fifteen years of progress in the unprecedented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals in a period of transition to the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/sportday/
Categories:   Hobbies; International; Sports & Games
Apr 7/2017
International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
On 23 December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (A/RES/58/234) designating 7 April, the start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in New York and at United Nations offices around the world. Since the establishment of the Programme in 2005, commemorative activities have taken place in more than 20 countries.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/rwanda/commemoration/annualcommemoration.shtml
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 7/2017
World Health Day
Speaking about depression and sharing stories to build communication and promote positive health practices.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/
Categories:   Education; Health/Health Care; International
Apr 12/2017
International Day of Human Space Flight
The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanspaceflightday/
Categories:   International; Science & Technology
Apr 19/2017
to Apr 23/2017
Global Soil Week
The Global Soil Week is a collective process and a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance worldwide.

Website:  http://www.globalsoilweek.org/
Categories:   Environment; International
Apr 21/2017
Seattle, WA
Save Our Planet
Friday April 21, 2017 Ground Zero and allies, featuring Native Americans sisters and brothers, will paddle, walk, and speak out against nuclear weapons and the destruction of our planet!
We will demand that the Trillions of US Citizen Tax Dollars dedicated to destroying our Planet be redirected to healing her, all the beautiful beings, and to respect the sanctity of life!
We will gather in Seattle, bearing witness, making our voices for peace, justice, and protection of Earth’s Waters, Lands, and Air heard!
Please Save the Date and help get the word out now and as more details are firmed-up, and join with us!
Our Friends at Standing Rock are showing us the way to sustain our spirits and determination to stop the madness of nuclear weapons and all other life-destroying actions.
We must help heal Our Earth!

Location:  Seattle, WA
Website:  http://www.gzcenter.org/event/save-our-planet/
Categories:   Environment; Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 22/2017
Guelph, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Guelph
Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. The program aims to showcase and celebrate the hidden gems as well as the great resources, businesses, and creative spaces in Guelph.

Location:  Guelph, ON
Website:  http://www.guelpharts.ca/doors-open-guelph
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Apr 22/2017
International Mother Earth Day
The General Assembly, recognizing that Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit, and noting that Earth Day is observed each year in many countries, decided to designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day in 2009, with resolution A/RES/63/278.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/
Categories:   Education; Environment; International
Apr 23/2017
English Language Day
English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as the birthday of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization's six official languages. The purpose of the UN's language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/englishlanguageday/index.shtml
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Apr 23/2017
World Book and Copyright Day
23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this regard, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/wbcd
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Apr 24/2017
to Apr 30/2017
World Immunization Week [WHO]
Immunization averts 2 to 3 million deaths annually. However, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, if global vaccination coverage improves. Today, nearly 1 in 5 children worldwide are still missing routine immunizations for preventable diseases. During World Immunization Week 2016, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps needed to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en/
Categories:   Children & Youth; Health/Health Care; International
Apr 25/2017
World Malaria Day
A push to eliminate malaria.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2016/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 26/2017
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
The United Nations responded to a passionate appeal made earlier this year by Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International charity, to have the 26th April each year designated as ‘International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day’.

Website:  http://www.chernobyl-international.com/united-nations-general-assembly-creates-april-26th-ch
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Apr 26/2017
World Intellectual Property Day
Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
In 2017 we celebrate Innovation – Improving Lives

Website:  http://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/
Categories:   Design; International
Apr 28/2017
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.

Website:  http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang--en/index.htm
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Apr 29/2017
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The Conference of the States Parties at its Tenth Session PDF (paragraph 23.3 of C-10/5, dated 11 November 2005) decided that a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare would be observed on 29 April each year — the date in 1997 on which the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force.

This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/chemwarfareday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 30/2017
International Jazz Day
In November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed PDF document 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/jazzday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Music
May 2/2017
World Tuna Day
Celebrating tuna.

Website:  http://www.atuna.com/index.php/en/
Categories:   Fishing & Hunting; International
May 3/2017
World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to: celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/
Categories:   International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
May 4/2017
to May 10/2017
UN Global Road Safety Week [WHO]
Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries. The Third UN Global Road Safety Week - #SaveKidsLives - seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads and generate action to better ensure their safety. The Week features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, and private companies, including the delivery of the “Child Declaration for Road Safety” to policy-makers. These events highlight WHO’s package of ten key strategies for keeping children safe on the road.

Website:  http://www.who.int/roadsafety/week/2015/en/
Categories:   Automotive & Cars; Children & Youth; International
May 5/2017
to May 6/2017
Niagara Region, ON
EcoLinks 2017 Environmental Education Conference
This spring, OSEE is hosting a suite of PD events to support educators with integrating environmental education into their teaching practice.

The first event is the annual EcoLinks Conference. This year it will be held at the Ball's Falls Centre for Conservation in Jordan, Ontario, where a second (optional) day has been added to offer Project Wet Certification.

As usual there will be hands-on workshops by educators, for educators, and the chance to learn new skills to engage students in Environmental Education and to network with fellow educators. As always, lunch and refreshments are included.

The event is open to outdoor & environmental educators, ECEs, administrators, homeschoolers and any teachers wanting to integrate environmental content.

Location:  Niagara Region, ON
Website:  http://www.home.osee.ca/annual-conference/ecolinks-2017/
Categories:   Education; Environment
May 6/2017
Peterborough, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Peterborough
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Peterborough, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Peterborough.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
May 6/2017
Whitby, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Whitby
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Whitby, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Whitby.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
May 6/2017
to May 7/2017
Hamilton, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Hamilton
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Hamilton, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Hamilton.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
May 8/2017
to May 9/2017
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War
By resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004, the UN General Assembly declared 8–9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and, while recognizing that Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/remembranceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Military
May 9/2017
to May 10/2017
World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

Website:  http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/en
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Environment; International
May 10/2017
to May 12/2017
Whistler, BC
BEST 2017: Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
The British Columbia Environment Industry Association's BEST Conference attracts environmental professionals every May for two days of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and a sponsor exhibition.

Conference registration includes a welcoming reception, technical sessions, keynote presentations, an off-site networking reception, and all meals and coffee breaks. This is the fourth annual BEST Conference.

Venue:  Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Location:  4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC
Website:  http://www.bestconference.net/
For information contact:  best@bceia.com
Phone:  780-484-7878
Categories:   Environment
May 13/2017
Richmond Hill, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Richmond Hill
Doors Open Richmond Hill is an event that supports cultural sites in the community to open their doors to everyone. This free event is part of Doors Open Ontario, launched in 2002 by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Location:  Richmond Hill, ON
Website:  http://www.richmondhill.ca/en/find-or-learn-about/Doors-Open-Richmond-Hill.aspx?_mid_=974
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
May 15/2017
International Day of Families
The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/familyday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International
May 17/2017
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) entrepreneurs and start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner. They are involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with a unique potential to make a long-lasting impact in global, regional and national economies and as an important source of new jobs, especially for youth, in the current knowledge economy.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/telecommunicationday/
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; International
May 20/2017
"Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon
The General Assembly, by its resolution 54/115 of 1999, recognized internationally the Day of Vesak to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity. This day is commemorated annually at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices, in consultation with the relevant UN offices and with permanent missions, which also wish to be consulted.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/vesakday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Religious
May 21/2017
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 22/2017
International Day for Biological Diversity
Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/biodiversityday/
Categories:   Environment; Fishing & Hunting; Forestry, Lumber, Paper
May 23/2017
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.

The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years – or even decades – because they cannot afford to obtain treatment.

An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. Yet fistula is almost entirely preventable. Its persistence is a sign that health systems are failing to meet women’s essential needs.

In its resolution A/RES/67/147, the General Assembly calls on the international community to use the International Day to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endfistuladay/
Categories:   International; Health/Health Care; Women
May 25/2017
to May 31/2017
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a Territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government”.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonselfgoverning/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 27/2017
Oxford-Norwich, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Oxford-Norwich
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Oxford-Norwich, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Oxford-Norwich.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
May 27/2017
to May 28/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Brockville and the Thousand Islands
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Brockville-Thousand-Islands.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
May 27/2017
to May 28/2017
Toronto, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Toronto
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Toronto.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
May 29/2017
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
"On this International Day of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, we honour our heroes – the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag with pride, distinction and courage since the first deployment in 1948. And we pay our highest tribute to the more than 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while in service during that period." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/peacekeepersday/
Categories:   International; Military
May 31/2017
World No-Tobacco Day
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."

Website:  http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 1/2017
Global Day of Parents
The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honours parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/parentsday/index.shtml
Categories:   Children & Youth; International
Jun 3/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Whitchurch-Stouffville
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.townofws.ca/en/explore/museum.asp
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 3/2017
to Jun 4/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Northumberland County
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Northumberland-County.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 3/2017
to Jun 4/2017
Ottawa, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Ottawa
The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage.

Location:  Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/museums-and-historic-sites/doors
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 3/2017
to Jun 4/2017
Owen Sound, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Owen Sound
Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide celebration of community heritage intended to offer access, enhance awareness, and encourage excitement about our heritage. Doors Open provides residents and visitors alike a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden and always interesting places within our community – all free of charge.

Location:  Owen Sound, ON
Website:  http://www.owensound.ca/live/doors-open-owen-sound
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 4/2017
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8).

The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childvictimday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; Health/Health Care; International
Jun 5/2017
World Environment Day
"On this World Environment Day, I urge people and governments everywhere to overcome indifference, combat greed and act to preserve our natural heritage for the benefit of this and future generations." — Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/
Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 8/2017
World Oceans Day
“Urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity. ”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/
Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 10/2017
Clarington, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Clarington
Doors Open Clarington 2017 will be on Saturday June 10, 2017 from 10am – 4pm in the village of Kendal and the surrounding area. More updates will be coming in the months ahead including the announcements of new sites and returning favourites. Stay tuned!

For more information on Doors Open Clarington 2017, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@DOClarington).

Location:  Clarington, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenclarington.com/
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 10/2017
Erin, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Erin
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Erin, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Erin.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 10/2017
to Jun 11/2017
Bruce County, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Bruce County
Ever wonder what some of our most fascinating buildings and homes look like from the inside?
Doors Open Bruce County allows you the opportunity to explore some of our most interesting and significant landmarks.

Location:  Bruce County, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Bruce-County.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 12/2017
World Day Against Child Labour
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda reaffirms the goal of ending child labour. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour."

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childlabourday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jun 13/2017
International Albinism Awareness Day
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda pledges to leave no one behind. That includes people with albinism. The cycle of attacks, discrimination and poverty must be broken"
Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/albinismday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 14/2017
World Blood Donor Day
Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2016/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 15/2017
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Around 4 to 6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/elderabuse/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 16/2017
International Day of Family Remittances
The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), celebrated on 16 June, is aimed at recognizing the significant financial contribution migrant workers make to the wellbeing of their families back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin. It is also aimed at encouraging the public and private sectors, as well as the civil society, to do more and collaborate to maximize the impact of these funds in the developing world.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/family-remittances-day/
Categories:   Economic Development; International
Jun 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Bradford West Gwillimbury
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Bradford-West-Gwillimbury.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Fergus-Elora
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Fergus-Elora.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 17/2017
Kingston, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Kingston
Naturally, as the first capital of Canada, Kingston has some pretty strong historical ties that date back hundreds of years. Luckily for history buffs, it can be experienced up close and personal.

From walking in the footsteps of legendary Canadian greats, to marvelling in awe at our military roots – there's a reason why Kingston is where history and innovation thrive.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It's a special moment in our history and a great opportunity to explore our beautiful city.

Location:  Kingston, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Kingston.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 17/2017
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
"Without a long-term solution, desertification and land degradation will not only affect food supply but lead to increased migration and threaten the stability of many nations and regions. This is why world leaders made land degradation neutrality one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/desertificationday/
Categories:   Environment; Farming; International
Jun 19/2017
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/elimination-of-sexual-violence-in-conflict/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 20/2017
World Refugee Day
In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees, and it will launch its #WithRefugees petition on June 20th to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 21/2017
International Day of Yoga
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day by resolution 69/131.

International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Health/Health Care; International
Jun 23/2017
International Widows' Day
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its pledge to leave no one behind has a particular resonance for widows, who are among the most marginalized and isolated. "
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/widowsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Jun 23/2017
United Nations Public Service Day
The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated 23 June as Public Service Day.

The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/publicserviceday/
Categories:   Government & Public Sector; International
Jun 24/2017
Gravenhurst, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Gravenhurst
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Gravenhurst, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Gravenhurst.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 24/2017
St. Catharines, ON
Doors Open Ontario - St. Catharines
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  St. Catharines, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/St-Catharines.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Jun 25/2017
Day of the Seafarer
​In 2016, IMO's Day of the Seafarer campaign celebrated seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone.

The campaign theme was: "At Sea For All".

The theme has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, "Shipping: indispensable to the world", emphasising that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us – and, consequently, they are also "indispensable to the world".

Website:  http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/dayoftheseafarer/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2016.aspx
Categories:   International; Transportation & Travel
Jun 26/2017
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
"On this International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, I call on countries and communities to continue to improve the lives of everyone blighted by drug abuse by integrating security and public safety with a heightened focus on health, human rights, and sustainable development." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/drugabuseday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 26/2017
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 30/2017
International Asteroid Day
Statement by the Asteroid Day Co-Founders:
“Today the United Nations General Assembly has officially declared June 30 as the International Asteroid Day. We founded the annual event to raise awareness of the asteroid threat and opportunity to unite the human species behind a simple goal: Protect our planet from asteroid impacts. It is the only natural disaster we know how to prevent if we work together towards a global solution. We are all crew members of spaceship Earth. We hope you will join us.”
– Dr. Brian May, Danica Remy, Grig Richters, Rusty Schweickart

Website:  http://www.asteroidday.org/
Categories:   Aviation & Aerospace; International
Jul 2/2017
International Day of Cooperatives
"I urge Governments to create an enabling environment for cooperatives to thrive and grow. Let us harness the power of cooperatives to achieve the SDGs and create a world of dignity and opportunity for all."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/cooperativesday/
Categories:   Business & Economics; International
Jul 3/2017
to Jul 5/2017
Ottawa, ON
International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, & Environment - iWISE2017
The conference is organized by Science Target Inc. in collaboration with professional and academic institutions both are local and international.

iWISE2017 will integrate research, technology and expertise in fields of water, informatics, sustainability and environment. This will be complemented through focused themed sessions allowing for a lively exchange of ideas as well as contributions from highly selective keynote speakers from well-known leaders in the field.

The year 2017 version of the conference is expected to attract around 100 researchers from around the globe which will be more than double of the previous version. Researchers and participants will be coming from different sorts of backgrounds; academic, research centers, NGOs, and government organizations.

Venue:  River Building – Carleton University
Location:  1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
Website:  http://www.sciencetarget.com/iwise2017/
For information contact:  walieldin@sciencetarget.com
Phone:  613-216-2363
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Jul 11/2017
World Population Day
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 15/2017
World Youth Skills Day
"On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jul 18/2017
Nelson Mandela International Day
Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jul 28/2017
World Hepatitis Day
The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is "Prevent hepatitis. Act now". Viral hepatitis is caused by 5 distinct hepatitis viruses. Infection from these viruses results in approximately 1.45 million deaths each year. These viruses are transmitted through contaminated water and food, as well as by contact with blood or bodily fluids, through unsafe injections or transfusions. Infection also occurs from a mother to a child, or through sexual contact. Infection through all these routes of transmission can be prevented through proven and effective interventions. It is important for everyone to be aware of hepatitis and to learn how they can protect themselves from being infected.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2015/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 30/2017
International Day of Friendship
The International Day of Friendship 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 (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 30/2017
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 1/2017
to Aug 7/2017
World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Website:  http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/news_events/events/2015/world-breastfeeding-wee
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
Aug 9/2017
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Celebrating Indigenous people and recognizing their value and human rights.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Native Peoples
Aug 12/2017
International Youth Day
On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 19/2017
Aurora, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Aurora
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Aurora, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Aurora.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Aug 19/2017
World Humanitarian Day
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 19/2017
to Aug 20/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Cornwall and the Counties
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Cornwall-and-the-Counties.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Aug 19/2017
to Aug 20/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Rideau Lakes
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Rideau-Lakes.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Aug 21/2017
to Aug 23/2017
Toronto, ON
ICCE2017: 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy
ICCE2017 committee cordially invite all the participants interested in sharing their knowledge and research in the area of clean & renewable energy to submit their abstract and attend the ICCE2017. ICCE 2017 provides a platform for researchers and scientists to share their research work while the participants from industry can promote their products . This is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from universities and institutes to interact with the their colleagues.

ICCE2017 takes place in Toronto, Canada. Toronto is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. ICCE 2017 is an opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading scientists, and visit one of the greatest Canadian city.

Venue:  Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
Location:  6257 Airport Rd, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.icce2017.iaemm.com/
For information contact:  ICCE2017@iaemm.com
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Aug 23/2017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
The United Nations proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). UNESCO is contributing to it through its educational, cultural and scientific programmes so as to promote the contribution of people of African descent to building modern societies and ensuring dignity and equality for all human beings, without distinction.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   International; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 24/2017
to Aug 25/2017
Toronto, ON
International Conference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE'17)
The International Conference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE'17) aims to become the leading annual conference in fields related to environmental science and engineering. The goal of RTESE'17 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in the fields of environmental science and engineering and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference will also provide an ideal environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of the mentioned fields.

All accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Furthermore, selected papers from the conference will be submitted for possible publication in the following journals from Avestia Publishing (publication fees may apply):

- Advances in Renewable Energy (ARE)
- International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Remediation (IJEPR)

Location:  Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.rtese.com/
For information contact:  info@rtese.com
Phone:  1-613-695-3040
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Aug 29/2017
International Day against Nuclear Tests
Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. There has been little consideration of the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the understanding of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Early on, having nuclear weapons was a measure of scientific sophistication or military might. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of today’s nuclear weapons which are far more powerful and destructive. Subsequent incidents world-wide have provided compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests - a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for a unified attempt in preventing further nuclear weapons testing.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Science & Technology
Aug 30/2017
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
"On this International Day, I call on States to acknowledge that family members and friends of the disappeared are also victims, and to guarantee their right to full protection from any form of reprisals. Let us all show solidarity with the victims and their relatives as they strive to realize their right for truth and justice.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 5/2017
International Day of Charity
On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 8/2017
International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. On this day also International Literacy Prizes are awarded to people with outstanding solutions that can drive literacy towards achieving the 2030 Education Agenda.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 9/2017
to Sep 15/2017
Vancouver, BC
World Environmental Education Congress - WEEC 2017
The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.

Hosted by SFU, the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) is a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Our members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments.
The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.
Our theme in 2017 is Culture/Environment. This focuses on the multidisciplinarity nature of the congress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseperable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably. Therefore, with this call for papers we promote NETWORK/ACTION/COALITION.

Location:  Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://www.environmental-education.org/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; Environment
Sep 12/2017
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
"As we mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, let us reaffirm our commitment to this invaluable means of achieving sustainable development and improving the lives of billions of people in the global South and beyond."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the UN Day of South-South Cooperation

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 15/2017
International Day of Democracy
"The implementation of the Goals must be underpinned by a strong and active civil society that includes the weak and the marginalized. We must defend civil society's freedom to operate and do this essential job. On this International Day of Democracy, let us rededicate ourselves to democracy and dignity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 16/2017
Doors Open Ontario - East Elgin
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/East-Elgin.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Quinte West
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Quinte-West.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Belleville and District
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Belleville-and-District.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
"On this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, let us remember how much has already been accomplished, and commit to do more to protect our atmosphere. By working together, we can build a safer, healthier, more prosperous and resilient world for all people while protecting our planet, our only home."

Secretary-General's Message on the International Day
for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; International
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Minden Hills
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Minden-Hills.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Carleton Place
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Carleton-Place.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
London, ON
Doors Open Ontario - London
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  London, ON
Website:  http://www.londonculture.ca/
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Niagara-on-the-Lake
During Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake, several sites of historical or architectural significance will be open to the public for free.
Come explore the heritage and architecture of this community, including some buildings rarely open to the public.

Location:  Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Website:  http://www.notlcanada150.ca/
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 16/2017
to Sep 17/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Waterloo Region
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/discoveringtheregion/doorsopenwaterloo.asp?_mid_=17305
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 21/2017
International Day of Peace
"Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 23/2017
Doors Open Ontario - King Township
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/King-Township.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 23/2017
Grimsby, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Grimsby
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Grimsby, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Grimsby.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 23/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Wellington North
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Wellington-North.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 26/2017
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It also provides an opportunity to educate the public—and their leaders—about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues. It is the right place to address one of humanity’s greatest challenges, achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nuclearweaponelimination/
Categories:   International; Military; Science & Technology
Sep 27/2017
World Tourism Day
Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/tourismday/
Categories:   International; Tourism & Hospitality Industry
Sep 28/2017
World Rabies Day
It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.

28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur's death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.

Today, safe and efficacious animal and human vaccines are among the important tools that exist to eliminate human deaths from rabies while awareness is the key driver for success of communities to engage in effective rabies prevention.

Website:  http://www.who.int/rabies/WRD_landing_page/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Sep 29/2017
World Maritime Day
"The importance of shipping in supporting and sustaining today's global society makes it indispensable to the world, and to meeting the challenge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/
Categories:   International; Transportation & Travel
Sep 30/2017
Burlington, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Burlington
Doors Open Burlington takes place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit our heritage sites, noteworthy buildings, and interesting locations - FREE of charge. Many of these buildings and locations will offer special activities during the day.

In our city, Doors Open is presented by the Museums of Burlington and is part of Burlington's Culture Days celebrations from September 29 - October 1.

Doors Open is a program of Ontario Heritage Trust. From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our communities.

Location:  Burlington, ON
Website:  http://www.doburlington.com/
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Orillia and Area
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Orillia-and-Area.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Markham, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Markham
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Markham, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Markham.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Oshawa, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Oshawa
Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide celebration that provides a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden and always interesting places and spaces in cities across Ontario - all free of charge!

Doors Open Oshawa is an annual event where you can explore different heritage and cultural sites in Oshawa. Spend a day discovering local history first-hand and celebrate our community heritage.

Location:  Oshawa, ON
Website:  http://www.oshawa.ca/things-to-do/doors-open.asp
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Doors Open Ontario - St. Marys
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/St-Marys.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
Timmins, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Timmins
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Timmins, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Timmins.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
to Oct 1/2017
Brampton, ON
Doors Open Ontario - Brampton
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Location:  Brampton, ON
Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Brampton.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Sep 30/2017
to Oct 1/2017
Doors Open Ontario - Halton Region
From April to October, communities open the doors to some of Ontario's most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

Website:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Halton-Region.aspx
Categories:   Architecture; Arts & Culture
Oct 1/2017
International Day of Older Persons
Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons. In 2014, Governments around the world adopted a resolution at the Economic and Social Council that recognized ageism as “the common source of, the justification for and the driving force behind age discrimination.”

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Seniors
Oct 2/2017
International Day of Non-Violence
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 3/2017
World Habitat Day
"On this World Habitat Day, I urge national and local governments, city planners and communities everywhere to keep “Housing at the Centre”. Guaranteeing dignity and opportunity for all depends on people having access to affordable and adequate housing. I look forward to a successful Habitat III Conference that will help us advance our sustainable development agenda for the benefit of all humankind."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Oct 4/2017
to Oct 10/2017
World Space Week
This year's theme celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race.

By Resolution 54/68 of 6 December 1999, the General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/spaceweek/
Categories:   International; Science & Technology
Oct 5/2017
World Teachers’ Day
It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. However, they continue to face challenges brought about by staff shortages, poor training and low status.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   Education; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 9/2017
World Post Day
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/postday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 10/2017
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide

Website:  http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 11/2017
International Day of the Girl Child
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the preponderance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls everywhere on a daily basis. Only through explicit focus on collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data, and using these data to inform key policy and program decisions, can we adequately measure and understand the opportunities and challenges girls face, and identify and track progress towards solutions to their most pressing problems.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Oct 13/2017
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 15/2017
International Day of Rural Women
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind. To deliver on that, we must help rural women to thrive, and to access the support and information they need, so that they can fulfil their potential without leaving their communities."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/
Categories:   Farming; International; Women
Oct 16/2017
World Food Day
On 16 October 1945, 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Their goal was to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system.

FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

Website:  http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/home/en/
Categories:   Food & Beverage; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 17/2017
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
"Poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. It is manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services and, too often, by the denial or abuse of other fundamental human rights [...] Let us listen to and heed the voices of people living in poverty. Let us commit to respect and defend the human rights of all people and end the humiliation and social exclusion that people living in poverty face every day by promoting their involvement in global efforts to end extreme poverty once and for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 20/2017
World Statistics Day
"On this World Statistics Day, I urge all partners and stakeholders to work together to ensure that the necessary investments are made, adequate technical capacity is built, new data sources are explored and innovative processes are applied to give all countries the comprehensive information systems they need to achieve sustainable development."
Ban Ki-moon
The UN General Assembly decided with resolution 69/282 to celebrate the day every five years from now on.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/statisticsday/
Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2017
United Nations Day
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2017
World Development Information Day
"[...] Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion [...]"

General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/65/141 PDF document)

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday/
Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2017
to Oct 30/2017
Disarmament Week
The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disarmamentweek/
Categories:   International; Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 27/2017
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
"The stories told by this heritage are powerful expressions of culture and place, weaving together personal and collective experience, reflecting the search for meaning shared by all. This heritage provides an anchor in a world of change, especially for local communities, providing records of cultural activities, reflecting the great diversity of expressions."

Irina Bokova
Director-General of UNESCO

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/audiovisualday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Oct 31/2017
World Cities Day
"Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 2/2017
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
"I pay tribute to the courage of all media personnel who put their lives on the line for the sake of truth. And I call for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists were attacked, harassed or killed."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/journalists/
Categories:   International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 5/2017
World Tsunami Awareness Day
"Tsunamis may be rare but, like any other natural hazard, if we fail to prepare and raise awareness, then we risk paying a heavy price." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/tsunamiday/
Categories:   International; Tourism & Hospitality Industry; Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Nov 6/2017
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
"On this International Day, I urge governments, businesses and citizens around the world to prioritize environmental care and the sustainable management of natural resources for preventing conflict, building peace and promoting lasting prosperity."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 9/2017
to Nov 15/2017
International Week of Science and Peace
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/week.shtml
Categories:   International; Science & Technology; Security
Nov 10/2017
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference (Resolution 31C/ 20) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event celebrated all over the world to recall the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999).

The purpose of World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/
Categories:   International; Science & Technology
Nov 14/2017
World Diabetes Day
"Let us focus both on prevention and strengthening health services so that everyone who has this debilitating disease can receive the support he or she needs." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/diabetesday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 16/2017
International Day for Tolerance
The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 17/2017
World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces. Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/philosophyday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; International
Nov 19/2017
World Toilet Day
"Sustainable development goal 6 calls on the international community to ensure access to toilets by 2030. Delivering on this basic human right — the right to water and sanitation — is good for people, business and the economy." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
Africa Industrialization Day
The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.

The important contribution of inclusive and sustainable industrialization in helping Africa to overcome its critical development challenges is clearly recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goal 9 calls to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/africaday/
Categories:   Economic Development; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
Universal Children’s Day
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/
Categories:   Children & Youth; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 20/2017
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/trafficvictimsday/
Categories:   Automotive & Cars; Health/Health Care; International
Nov 21/2017
World Television Day
The UN’s TV producers report from locations around the globe – from peacekeeping missions such as South Sudan and Haiti; from political missions in countries like Afghanistan and Colombia; and from the UN’s vast network of operations worldwide.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/televisionday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Education; International
Nov 25/2017
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Women
Nov 29/2017
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
"This year, the number of demolitions of Palestinian houses and other structures by Israeli forces has doubled, compared to 2015. Gaza remains a humanitarian emergency, with 2 million Palestinians struggling with crumbling infrastructure and a paralyzed economy, and tens of thousands still displaced, awaiting reconstruction of homes destroyed by conflict."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 1/2017
World AIDS Day
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted with a promise to leave no one behind. Nowhere is this more important than in tackling AIDS. Supporting young, vulnerable and marginalized people will change the course of the epidemic." — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 2/2017
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
"The UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery helps restore the human rights and dignity of thousands of victims and their families by awarding grants to projects providing rehabilitation services. I urge Member States, businesses, private foundation and other donors to increase their contributions. Together, we can accelerate our efforts and rid the world of this heinous practice."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 3/2017
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
"Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
Categories:   Disability Issues; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2017
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2017
World Soil Day
"On World Soil Day, I call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/#
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; International
Dec 7/2017
International Civil Aviation Day
The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping States
to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/civilaviationday/index.shtml
Categories:   Aviation & Aerospace; International; Transportation & Travel
Dec 9/2017
International Anti-Corruption Day
"On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the 2030 Agenda and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 9/2017
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”).

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honour its victims.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/genocidepreventionday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 10/2017
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 11/2017
International Mountain Day
Mountains host communities with ancient cultures and traditions, and are places of religious worship, pilgrimage and rituals all over the world. The concept of traditional heritage, culture and spirituality is intrinsically linked with peoples’ livelihoods in the mountains, where it is often traditional lifestyles that determine the way people make a living and subsist.

Mountains are also the sources of springs and rivers and have been revered as the home of deities throughout history.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/
Categories:   Environment; International; Nature & Outdoors
Dec 18/2017
International Migrants Day
"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 20/2017
International Human Solidarity Day
"Global problems require collective solutions. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, people need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal