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Feb 12/2019
to Jan 14/2020
Toronto, ON
Toronto Homeless Memorial
The Toronto Homeless Memorial remembers those who have died as a result of homelessness in Toronto. This project was initiated by the late Bonnie Briggs and is maintained by Holy Trinity and other concerned citizens.

There is a memorial service held on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 PM outside the south door of Holy Trinity. Each month we sadly add names to the memorial and remember those who have died. We also speak to the injustice that causes homelessness.

Each service is followed by a meal inside the church provided by Holy Trinity members. You are welcome to join in remembrance, sadness and anger

Time:  12:00 PM
Venue:  Church of the Holy Trinity
Location:  19 Trinity Square, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 22/2019
Call to Action - Noon - Winnipeg and across Canada
Mother Earth needs Canadian Youth to rise up and take action. The most conservative estimates suggest that our oceans could be dead by 2040 and Canadian youth are allowing our leaders to let this happen.

On April 22nd at 12:00 noon Winnipeg time, post secondary students across Canada will meet on campuses and, together, they will march to the offices, city halls, legislatures and other government buildings to demand that our leaders fight climate change with the same vigour that we have fought wars in the past. The time for compromise, discussion and studies is past. The time for action is now.


We look forward to hearing from all of our friends in universities and colleges across Canada with your plans on how to help put the above mentioned plan into action.

Time:  12:00 noon
Venue:  Canada-wide
For information contact:
Categories:   Environment; Children & Youth; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 22/2019
International Mother Earth Day
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.
The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. In order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.
International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

Categories:   Environment
Apr 23/2019
English Language Day
English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death 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.

Categories:   International
Apr 23/2019
Spanish Language Day
On April 23,Spanish Language Day is celebrated at the United Nations to raise the awareness of the Organization's personnel, and the world in general, about the history, culture and use of Spanish as an official language.

Categories:   International
Apr 24/2019
International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace
This day recognizes that the approach of multilateralism and diplomacy reinforces the promotion and realization of the three pillars of the United Nations: peace and security, development, and human rights, which in turn complement the efforts of the international community aimed at seeking the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations
Apr 24/2019
to Apr 30/2019
World Immunization Week
The last week of April is World Immunization Week – a time dedicated to promoting the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. National immunization programs give every child the chance at a healthy life from the start by not only serving as a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life, but also providing an opportunity to address other health priorities.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Children & Youth; International
Apr 25/2019
Oshawa, ON
Nationalize General Motors: Oshawa's Green New Deal
Join in a discussion on unexplored alternatives: how we could nationalize GM under Democratic workers' and community control while implementing a Green New Deal for Oshawa. The Green New Deal is a plan to create millions of jobs, while taking on climate change, building stronger communities, and tackling inequalities. What could this kind of transformation look like in Oshawa?

Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  IBEW Hall
Location:  1001 Ritson Rd S. Oshawa, Oshawa, ON
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 25/2019
Toronto, ON
Nuclear Weapons: The Untold Story - with Linda McQuaig and Doug Roche
An alarming new nuclear arms race has started. This special event to prod new Canadian action will feature a keynote speech by best-selling author Linda McQuaig: Nuclear Weapons: The Untold Story. Also, the International Peace Bureau will present its prestigious Sean MacBride Peace Prize to former Senator Douglas Roche, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, for his "indefatigable work" building strong public support for a common security agenda.

Time:  5:30 PM
Venue:  Chelsea Hotel
Location:  33 Gerrard Street W., Toronto, ON
Categories:   International; Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 25/2019
World Malaria Day
An international observance day to recognize global efforts to control malaria.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Apr 26/2019
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
On 8 December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 26 April as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. In its resolution, the General Assembly recognized that three decades after the disaster there remains persistent serious long-term consequences and that the affected communities and territories are experiencing continuing related needs. The General Assembly invites all Member States, relevant agencies of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the day.

Categories:   International
Apr 27/2019
Guelph, ON
Doors Open Guelph
Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph’s finest buildings, creative spaces and artistically or architecturally relevant sites, organized by Guelph Arts Council with support from the City of Guelph, a steering committee and over 100 volunteers. We have the distinction of hosting the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the season of Doors Open events.

This is a free community event for all ages – and no tickets or registrations are required. Begin at any featured site and visit as many as you like, in any order. Visitors will be led in small groups through the sites by a tour guide who will tell the site’s story. Some sites will feature activities and music. There may be lineups at popular sites, and the last tour typically runs around 3:40 p.m. to allow the site to close at 4 p.m. At busier sites with longer tours, expect an earlier “last tour” and potential lineup cutoffs.

This year, Doors Open Guelph will be enhanced by Telling Guelph’s Stories, an event-within-an-event that will increase the role played by the arts in Doors Open. Visitors can experience dramatic storytelling at the Gow Bridge with artist Jay Wilson, guided public art and downtown gallery walks, and arts activations at Doors Open sites.

Time:  10:00 - 4:00
Venue:  Guelph
Location:  Guelph, ON
Phone:  519-836-3280
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Apr 28/2019
Toronto, ON
Earth Day at Downsview Park
For more than 15 years, Earth Day at Downsview Park has been a go-to event for families looking to get involved in the world's largest environmental movement. This year, the Park is excited to celebrate another Earth Day with a day-long event that promises to be bigger and better than ever!

This year, we're offering a host of new and family-friendly activities which include: an outdoor vendors' market, self-directed scavenger hunt, free workshops on how to make your home more ‘green,’ and much more. Best of all, every activity is FREE - we hope to see you there!

Time:  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (See schedule for individual events)
Venue:  Downsview Park
Location:  Discovery Centre - 70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto, ON
Phone:  416 952-2160
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 28/2019
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.
A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Health/Health Care
Apr 30/2019
Toronto, ON
Ontario: Health Care Rally at Queen's Park
Health care services in Ontario are under attack from Doug Ford's PC Government. This government introduced Bill 74 "The People’s Health Care Act" - a plan to privatize and cut public health care services in Ontario.

This agency would be responsible for managing health care services and the widespread cuts across the system that includes hospitals, long-term care, home care, community care, mental health, health clinics and more.

That's why the Ontario Health Coalition along with #CouncilChapters and other coalition partners have organized a rally at Queen's Park on April 30 to protect our public health care.

Hamilton Chapter: To reserve your seat, please email Janina Lebon from the Hamilton chapter at or call her at (905) 545-5514.

Peterborough-Kawarthas Chapter: Roy Brady 705-745-2446 Charlene Avon 705-761-4408

Thousands are planning to attend from across the province, and we need you to stand with us to show Doug Ford how serious we are about protecting public health care.

Protect & improve our public health care! Tell Doug Ford NO to cuts & privatization.

To reserve a seat on a bus or to organize from your community, please see the Ontario Health Coalition's website.

Time:  12:00 Noon
Venue:  Queen's Park
Location:  Toronto, ON
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 1/2019
Mississauga, ON
TAWC - 2019 YYZ May Day Street Festival
Over the past few years, International Workers' Day at Toronto Pearson International Airport has been a space that allows our co-workers and solidarity partners to come together. The May Day Street Festival takes place on the departures level of Terminal 1, on a roadway closed for the event that is normally used by taxis and limos. This open-air event allows for stunning views of our workplace and will take place rain or shine. We expect to have an excellent line up of speakers, great treats, and a variety of solidarity tables set up.

Time:  1:00 PM
Venue:  Toronto Pearson International Airport
Location:  6301 Silver Dart Dr., Mississauga, ON
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; International
May 2/2019
World Tuna Day
As migratory tuna species account for 20 per cent of the value of all marine capture fisheries and over eight per cent of all globally traded seafood, the celebration by the United Nations of World Tuna Day is an important step in recognizing the critical role of tuna to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world.

Categories:   Fishing & Hunting
May 3/2019
World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. 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.

Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
May 8/2019
to May 9/2019
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
The UN General Assembly declared 8–9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and 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.
The Assembly stressed that this historic event established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations, designed to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and called upon the Member States of the United Nations to unite their efforts in dealing with new challenges and threats and to make every effort to settle all disputes by peaceful means.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations
May 11/2019
Toronto, ON
VOW Mother's Day Awards Gala: Celebrating Women

VOW Mother's Day Awards Gala: Celebrating Women
Join us for an intergenerational evening of eating, drinking, dancing, and celebrating the unstoppable women* who are working tirelessly to build a more peaceful world. On May 11, 2019 we'll be toasting to all of the inspirational women in our lives.

Cash Bar / Silent Auction / Live Music


General $75 | Students $40

This venue is wheelchair accessible. An elevator in the lobby provides access to the Grand Ballroom. There are also accessible washrooms on this level. Please contact us if you have any food restrictions. We will also offer a late dinner option for those observing Ramadan. VOW strives to create accessible and inclusive spaces for all its members. If we require accommodation to ensure your participation or you would like to request the late dinner option, please email

* We use an inclusive definition of "woman" and "female" and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary individuals

Time:  6pm - 10pm
Venue:  The 519, Grand Ballroom
Location:  519 Church St, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 12/2019
World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 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.

Categories:   Environment
May 15/2019
International Day of Families
Although families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades in terms of their structure and as a result of global trends and demographic changes, the United Nations still recognizes the family as the basic unit of society. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them.It has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, this day is an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 16/2019
International Day of Living Together in Peace
Living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others, as well as living in a peaceful and united way.
The UN General-Assembly declared 16 May the International Day of Living Together in Peace, as a means of regularly mobilizing the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity. The Day aims to uphold the desire to live and act together, united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations
May 19/2019
Vesak Day
Vesak, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.

Categories:   Religious
May 20/2019
World Bee Day
Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.
Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems.
Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and monocropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee colonies.
To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

Categories:   Environment
May 21/2019
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Why does cultural diversity matter?
Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 22/2019
International Day for Biological Diversity
While there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities.
The Convention on Biological Diversity is the international legal instrument for "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources" that has been ratified by 196 nations.
Given the importance of public education and awareness for the implementation of the Convention, the General Assembly proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Categories:   Environment
May 23/2019
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 prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3, which is ensuring healthy lives; in this case, improving maternal health.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Women
May 25/2019
to May 31/2019
International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
In 1946, several UN Member States identified a number of Territories under their administration that were not self-governing and placed them on a UN list. Countries administering Non-Self-Governing Territories are called administering Powers. It urged the administering Powers concerned to take effective measures to safeguard and guarantee the inalienable rights of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories to their natural resources, including land, and to establish and maintain control over the future development of those resources, and requests the Administering Powers to take all necessary steps to protect the property rights of the peoples of those Territories.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 29/2019
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
On this day, we pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men and women serving in UN peacekeeping operations, and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations
May 31/2019
World No Tobacco Day
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jun 1/2019
Global Day of Parents
The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year to honour 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.
Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognizes also that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

Categories:   Children & Youth
Jun 4/2019
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
It is a sad reality that in situations where armed conflict breaks out, it is the most vulnerable members of societies - namely children, who are most affected by the consequences of war. The six most common violations are recruitment and use of children in war, killing, sexual violence, abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access.
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. Its work is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Categories:   Children & Youth
Jun 5/2019
International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11–26 million tonnes of fish each year. The UN General Assembly, specifically urges the international community to "effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices" by 2020.
Meeting this ambitious target requires strong awareness-raising efforts to draw the attention of the general public to the negative impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities, an activity in which FAO has been actively engaged.

Categories:   Fishing & Hunting
Jun 5/2019
World Environment Day
The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated 5 June as World Environment Day. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.

Categories:   Environment
Jun 6/2019
Russian Language Day
On June 6, the birthday of the great Russian poet A.S. Pushkin, ithe Day of the Russian language is celebrated at the UN. One of the goals of this program is to maintain the equality of all six UN official languages: English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and French.

Categories:   International
Jun 8/2019
World Oceans Day
We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere. In the end, it is a day to celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

Categories:   Environment
Jun 12/2019
World Day Against Child Labour
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

Categories:   Children & Youth
Jun 13/2019
International Albinism Awareness Day
People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jun 15/2019
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
The United Nations General Assembly designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations

Categories:   Seniors
Jun 16/2019
International Day of Family Remittances
The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), celebrated every year 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 together and collaborate to maximize the impact of these funds in the developing world.

Categories:   Economic Development
Jun 17/2019
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. Desertification does not refer to the expansion of existing deserts. It occurs because dryland ecosystems, which cover over one third of the world's land area, are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate land use. Poverty, political instability, deforestation, overgrazing and bad irrigation practices can all undermine the productivity of the land.
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

Categories:   Environment
Jun 18/2019
Sustainable Gastronomy Day
Sustainable Gastronomy Day emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.
Sustainable gastronomy can play a role due to its interlinkages with the three dimensions of sustainable development, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting:
* agricultural development;
* food security;
* nutrition;
* sustainable food production; and
* conservation of biodiversity

Categories:   Farming; Health/Health Care
Jun 19/2019
to Jul 19/2019
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
The term “conflict-related sexual violence” refers to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilization, forced marriage and any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity perpetrated against women, men, girls or boys that is directly or indirectly linked to a conflict. The term also encompasses trafficking in persons when committed in situations of conflict for the purpose of sexual violence or exploitation.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 20/2019
World Refugee Day
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 23/2019
International Widows' Day
Although accurate information is limited, it has been estimated that there are some 258 million widows around the world, and nearly one in ten live in extreme poverty. Data on women's status are often not disaggregated by marital status, so at every level of gender statistics, from national to global, widows are not visible. Yet we know that many elderly widows face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, based on their gender, age, rural location or disability. Others are still young when they lose their husbands, perhaps as a result of conflict or because they were married as children to a much older man. These women face a long lifetime of widowhood.
Once widowed, women in many countries often confront a denial of inheritance and land rights, degrading and life-threatening mourning and burial rites and other forms of widow abuse.

Categories:   Women
Jun 26/2019
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
The General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

Categories:   Social Policy; Health/Health Care
Jun 26/2019
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, torture persist in all regions of the world. Concerns about protecting national security and borders are increasingly used to allow torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment. Its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual; and can be transmitted through generations and lead to cycles of violence.
The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 27/2019
Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day
These enterprises, which generally employ fewer than 250 persons, are the backbone of most economies worldwide and play a key role in developing countries. According to the data provided by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), formal and informal Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) make up over 90% of all firms and account on average for 60-70% of total employment and 50% of GDP.
The General Assembly, recognizing the importance of these enterprises, decided to declare 27 June the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day to raise public awareness of their contribution to sustainable development.

Categories:   Economic Development
Jun 29/2019
International Day of the Tropics
The Tropics are a region of the Earth, roughly defined as the area between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn. The Tropics account for 40 per cent of the world’s total surface area and are host to approximately 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity and much of its language and cultural diversity. The tropical region faces a number of challenges such as climate change, deforestation, logging, urbanisation and demographic changes.
The International Day of the Tropics celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the tropics while highlighting unique challenges and opportunities nations of the Tropics face. It provides an opportunity to take stock of progress across the tropics, to share tropical stories and expertise and to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region.

Categories:   Environment
Jun 30/2019
International Day of Parliamentarism
This Day celebrates parliaments and the ways in which parliamentary systems of government improve the day-to-day lives of people the world over. It is also an opportunity for parliaments to take stock, identify challenges, and ways to address them effectively.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations
Jul 7/2019
International Day of Cooperatives
Co-operatives have been acknowledged as associations and enterprises through which citizens can effectively improve their lives while contributing to the economic, social, cultural and political advancement of their community and nation. The co-operative movement has been also recognized as a distinct and major stakeholder in both national and international affairs.
The date of the celebration of the International Day was chosen to coincide with the already existing International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) International Cooperative Day with has been celebrated since 1923.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 15/2019
World Youth Skills Day
Rising youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike.
The international community has set an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It calls for an integrated approach to development which recognises that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions; combating inequality within and among countries; preserving the planet; creating inclusive and sustainable economic growth; achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men; and ensuring full gender equality and fostering social inclusion, are interdependent.

Categories:   Children & Youth; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jul 18/2019
Nelson Mandela International Day
On July 18, every year, we invite you to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in your communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better! Mandela Day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 28/2019
World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO's Global hepatitis report of 2017.
The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.
Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jul 30/2019
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 1/2019
to Aug 7/2019
World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF, WHO and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments with the goal to re-establish a global breastfeeding culture and provide support for breastfeeding everywhere.

Categories:   Children & Youth; Health/Health Care
Aug 9/2019
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
In 1990, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 1993 the International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Later, the General Assembly established two International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples: the first 1995 - 2004, and the second 2005 - 2014, with the goal of strengthening international cooperation for solving problems faced by indigenous peoples in areas such as human rights, the environment, development, education, health, economic and social development

Categories:   Native Peoples
Aug 12/2019
International Youth Day
12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.
International Youth Day is commemorated to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

Categories:   Children & Youth
Aug 19/2019
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations
Aug 21/2019
International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
Victims of terrorism continue to struggle to have their voices heard, have their needs supported and their rights upheld. Victims often feel forgotten and neglected once the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack fades, which can have profound consequences for them.
The General Assembly, established 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in order to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 23/2019
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 29/2019
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
Since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. 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 the far more powerful and destructive nuclear weapons that exist today.
The human and environmental tragedies that are the result of nuclear testing are 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 unified efforts to prevent further nuclear weapons testing.

Categories:   Science & Technology; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Aug 30/2019
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.
Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can nowadays be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 8/2019
International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Categories:   Education; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 10/2019
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), on 10 September, is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). WHO has been co-sponsor of the day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Sep 15/2019
International Day of Democracy
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Sep 16/2019
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet.
The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone depleting substances and the related reductions have not only helped protect the ozone layer for this and future generations, but have also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change; furthermore, it has protected human health and ecosystems by limiting the harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the earth.

Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care
Sep 21/2019
International Day of Peace
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.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 23/2019
International Day of Sign Languages
According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. More than 80% of them live in developing countries. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.

Categories:   Disability Issues; International
Sep 26/2019
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
"The only sure way to eliminate the threat posed by nuclear weapons is to eliminate the weapons themselves." - UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons has been observed annually since 2014. Pursuant to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Member States, the United Nations system and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, academia, parliamentarians, the mass media and individuals are encouraged to commemorate and promote the International Day through enhancing public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination.

Categories:   Military; Science & Technology; International
Sep 27/2019
World Maritime Day
International shipping transports more than 80 per cent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world. Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation for most goods; it provides a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples.
The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry, which is an essential component of any programme for future sustainable green economic growth in a sustainable manner.

Categories:   Trade; International
Sep 28/2019
International Day for Universal Access to Information
Since 2016 UNESCO marks 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI), following the adoption of a resolution (38 C/70) declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).
UNESCO hopes that the marking of 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” will provide for more countries adopting FOI legislation, developing policies for multilingualism and cultural diversity in the cyberspace, and ensuring that women and men with disabilities are integrated.

Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 30/2019
International Translation Day
International Translation Day is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security.
Transposition of a literary or scientific work, including technical work, from one language into another language, professional translation, including translation proper, interpretation and terminology, is indispensable to preserving clarity, a positive climate and productiveness in international public discourse and interpersonal communication.

Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; International
Oct 1/2019
International Day of Older Persons
Almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world. With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place.

Categories:   Seniors; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 1/2019
World Habitat Day
The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 5/2019
World Teachers' Day
Trained and qualified teachers are fundamental to the right to education.
Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers' Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions

Categories:   Education
Oct 10/2019
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.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 11/2019
International Day of the Girl Child
Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 13/2019
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started 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.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 15/2019
International Day of Rural Women
The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Categories:   Women; Farming; International
Oct 16/2019
World Food Day
Day (WFD) was founded by the United Nations' (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945, and has been observed annually, every October 16, since 1981. The event was established to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire solutions for world change.

Categories:   Food & Beverage; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Oct 17/2019
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage. Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity. 17 October presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 24/2019
World Development Information Day
The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them. The Assembly deemed that improving the dissemination of information and the mobilization of public opinion, particularly among young people, would lead to greater awareness of the problems of development, thus, promoting efforts in the sphere of international cooperation for development.

Categories:   Communications Industry & Technology; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Oct 24/2019
to Oct 30/2019
Disarmament Week
The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which kicks off on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (24 October), was first called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly's 1978 special session on disarmament. The document called for abandoning the use of force in international relations and seeking security in disarmament. 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.

Categories:   Military; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 31/2019
World Cities Day
The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Nov 2/2019
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’. Member States are urged to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 6/2019
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
Though mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.
The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies - because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.

Categories:   Environment; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 6/2019
to Nov 12/2019
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 annual observance of the International Week of Science and Peace is making an important contribution to the promotion of peace. The Week encourages greater academic exchanges on a subject of universal importance while also generating greater awareness of the relationship of science and peace among the general public. Participation contributes to greater international understanding and opportunities for co-operation in the applications of science for the promotion of peace throughout the year.

Categories:   Science & Technology; International
Nov 10/2019
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

Categories:   Science & Technology; International
Nov 13/2019
to Nov 19/2019
World Antibiotic Awareness Week
World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
A global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was endorsed at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Nov 14/2019
World Diabetes Day
he global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. In 2007 General Assembly designated 14 November as World Diabetes Day. The document recognized “the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health, and provide access to treatment and health-care education.” The resolution also encouraged Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of their health-care systems.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Nov 16/2019
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.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 18/2019
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Since the adoption of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims the observance has spread to a growing number of countries on every continent.
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.

Categories:   Transportation & Travel; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Health/Health Care
Nov 19/2019
World Toilet Day
Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
In a bid to help break taboos around toilets and make sanitation for all a global development priority, the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet Day.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Nov 20/2019
Africa Industrialization Day
Industrialization, with strong linkages to domestic economies, will help African countries to achieve high growth rates, diversify their economies and reduce their exposure to external shocks. This will substantially contribute to poverty eradication through employment and wealth creation. The success of Africa's industrialization programme will require the creation of enabling environment that enhances domestic capacity in respect of physical and social infrastructure, human capital, financial systems, research and development (R&D), technology and governance

Categories:   International; Economic Development
Nov 20/2019
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.

Categories:   Children & Youth; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 25/2019
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
Women's rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 29/2019
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year. The International Day of Solidarity traditionally provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remains unresolved and that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 30/2019
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The history of the serious efforts to achieve chemical disarmament that culminated in the conclusion of the Chemical Weapons Convention began more than a century ago.
The Conference of the States Parties at its 20th Session decided that a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare would be observed on 30 November each year or, when appropriate, on the first day of the regular session of the Conference.
This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the OPCW to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons.

Categories:   Military; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 1/2019
World AIDS Day
Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status. But we still have miles to go, as the latest UNAIDS report shows, and that includes reaching people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensuring that they are linked to quality care and prevention services.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Dec 2/2019
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Slavery is not merely a historical relic. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 3/2019
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
A disability is a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual of their group. The term is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic disease. This usage has been described by some disabled people as being associated with a medical model of disability.
Today, the world population is over 7 billion people. More than one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population, live with some form of disability. 80 per cent live in developing countries.

Categories:   Disability Issues; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2019
International Volunteer Day
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.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 5/2019
World Soil Day
While we can see many of the changes we have made to our planet, some of our impacts are virtually invisible, and soil pollution is a good example.
The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing.

Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care
Dec 9/2019
International Anti-Corruption Day
Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability.
Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and citizens around the world are joining forces to fight this crime.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Dec 9/2019
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
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.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 10/2019
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 12/2019
International Universal Health Coverage Day
On 12 December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care - as an essential priority for international development.
International Universal Health Coverage Day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Government & Public Sector
Dec 18/2019
Arabic Language Day
Arabic Language Day was established by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 seeking "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization". December 18 was chosen as the date for the Arabic language as it is "the day in 1973 when the General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language."

Categories:   International; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Dec 18/2019
International Migrants Day
Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.
Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. The United Nations is actively playing a catalyst role in this area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions, as well as propelling experience exchange and collaboration opportunities.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 20/2019
International Human Solidarity Day
Solidarity is identified in the Millennium Declaration as one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century, wherein those who either suffer or benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. Consequently, in the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening of international solidarity is indispensable.
Therefore, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 20 of December as International Human Solidarity Day.
Through initiatives such as the establishment of the World Solidarity Fund to eradicate poverty the concept of solidarity was promoted as crucial in the fight against poverty and in the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal