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Toronto Homeless Memorial
February 12, 2019 to January 14, 2020
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.      Show more . . .


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
May 23, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
May 25, 2019 to May 31, 2019
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     Show more . . .


Anti-Oppression & Cultural Competence in Facilitation Training
May 30, 2019
Sick Muse Art Projects partners with arts and non-arts organizations to deliver workshops for artists and arts facilitators wanting to engage in practices that acknowledge and respect peoples individualities and identities. We engage artists in conversations that explore individual and systematic     Show more . . .


World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


Global Day of Parents
June 01, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
June 04, 2019
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,     Show more . . .


World Environment Day
June 05, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
June 05, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Oceans Day
June 08, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Day Against Child Labour
June 12, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Albinism Awareness Day
June 13, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day of Family Remittances
June 16, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 17, 2019
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     Show more . . .


Sustainable Gastronomy Day
June 18, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
June 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Refugee Day
June 20, 2019
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,     Show more . . .


International Widows' Day
June 23, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 26, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day of the Tropics
June 29, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day of Cooperatives
July 07, 2019
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     Show more . . .


Nelson Mandela International Day
July 18, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


World Hepatitis Day
July 28, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


World Day against Trafficking in Persons
July 30, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Breastfeeding Week
August 01, 2019 to August 07, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
August 09, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Youth Day
August 12, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


World Humanitarian Day
August 19, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
August 21, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
August 23, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day Against Nuclear Tests
August 29, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
August 30, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Literacy Day
September 08, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day of Democracy
September 15, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
September 16, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day of Peace
September 21, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day of Sign Languages
September 23, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
September 26, 2019
"The only sure way to eliminate the threat posed by nuclear weapons is to eliminate the weapons themselves." - UN Secretary-General António Guterres      Show more . . .


International Day for Universal Access to Information
September 28, 2019
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).      Show more . . .


International Day of Older Persons
October 01, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Habitat Day
October 01, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Teachers' Day
October 05, 2019
Trained and qualified teachers are fundamental to the right to education.      Show more . . .


World Mental Health Day
October 10, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day of the Girl Child
October 11, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day of Rural Women
October 15, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Food Day
October 16, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 17, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Development Information Day
October 24, 2019
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     Show more . . .


Disarmament Week
October 24, 2019 to October 30, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Cities Day
October 31, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
November 02, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
November 06, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Week of Science and Peace
November 06, 2019 to November 12, 2019
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace.      Show more . . .


World Science Day for Peace and Development
November 10, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


World Antibiotic Awareness Week
November 13, 2019 to November 19, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day for Tolerance
November 16, 2019
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     Show more . . .


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 18, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


World Toilet Day
November 19, 2019
Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.      Show more . . .


Universal Children's Day
November 20, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 29, 2019
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     Show more . . .


Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
November 30, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


World AIDS Day
December 01, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 02, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 03, 2019
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,     Show more . . .


World Soil Day
December 05, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
December 09, 2019
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.     Show more . . .


International Anti-Corruption Day
December 09, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


Human Rights Day
December 10, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Universal Health Coverage Day
December 12, 2019
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     Show more . . .


International Migrants Day
December 18, 2019
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.      Show more . . .


International Human Solidarity Day
December 20, 2019
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     Show more . . .