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Date/Location Event/Organization
May 7/2015
to May 17/2015
Toronto, ON
Passages III: Like Flesh and Blood
Part of Mayworks Festival

Exhibition: Thursday, May 7 to Sunday, May 17
Opening reception: Friday, May 8, 7 to 9 pm

A work by Gita Hashemi, Like Flesh and Blood starts from the memoirs of Joseph Emin (1726-1809), an Armenian born in Iran and raised in Bengal, who traveled to Europe to garner support for Armenian liberation. Emin's journey unfolded during a period when European colonialisms were competing with one another and fast consolidating across Asia, Africa and the Americas, a time when settler states were growing out of merchant colonies. Hear Emin's accounts of his days as a migrant labourer, learn about contemporaneous developments on Turtle Island and "re-discover" Toronto, the land of the Mississaugas.

Admission: free

Time:  opening reception Friday May 8, 7 to 9pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 12/2015
Toronto, ON
Forum: Election 2015 and What's at Stake
CBC, Medicare, Canada Post, Pensions, Pharmacare, the Environment, Education, Jobs, Affordable Housing, the Economy, National Sovereignty and our Democracy.

The State of Our Nation -- 22nd Annual Free Public Forum with music, videos, laughter and tears (?) - featuring:

* Ann Emmett, Educator and advocate for Economic and Social Justice, Plaintiff in the Bank of Canada federal lawsuit, Recipient of the 2015 Alexander Gorlick Humanitarian Award
* Rocco Galati, Renowned constitutional lawyer (of Supreme Court fame in the Marc Nadon case), Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association 2015 President's Award
* Natalie Mehra, National Public Medicare advocate with the Canadian and Ontario Health Coalitions

Time:  1:00 pm
Venue:  oronto City Hall, Council Chamber
Location:  100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Seniors
May 13/2015
Toronto, ON
Book: Hard Truths for Canada about Israel and Palestine
Michael Keefer's new book, Hard Truths for Canada about Israel and Palestine, offers a forceful critique of the near-unanimous support for Israeli state policies expressed by Canada's political elites. Setting out to help Canadians do what is right in relation to Palestine and Israel, the book demolishes the Harper government's position, which rests upon falsehoods and myths. He argues that it's time for Canadians to recognize the choices that confront us, and in the face of misrepresentations and slanders, to place ourselves firmly on the side of common decency and of solidarity with the oppressed.

Time:  7pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Politics & Political Organizations; International
May 13/2015
Ottawa, ON
Chris Hedges speaks about Wages of Rebellion
Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges - who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class - investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance.

Hedges' message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times.

$10 general admission or $5 students & low-income available soon at Octopus Books (116 Third Ave. or 251 Bank St., 2nd Floor), online or at the door.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Centretown United Church
Location:  507 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 14/2015
Toronto, ON
Crude Gold: Justice Denied from Colombia to El Salvador
Film premiere with guest speakers. Crude Gold is a series of short documentaries showcasing five pivotal cases of foreign-funded mining exploitation connected to Canadian investors directed by Monica Gutierrez. This is the official Premiere of this documentary series, and hear the voices of Colombian activists, union leaders and indigenous peoples who are in resistance to profiled mining and petroleum extraction projects. A panel conversation will follow, with guest speakers from affected regions.

Time:  7pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Mining & Petroleum
May 14/2015
Toronto, ON
Women Building Connections Gala Dinner
Celebrating Mother’s Day for Peace the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) will hold a gala dinner, “Women Building Connections” on Thursday, May 14th, 6:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Five outstanding women, Jean Augustine, Kim Phuoc, Judy Rebick, Metta Spencer and Mary Wyn- Ashford, VOW’s new honorary board of directors, will be the guest speakers for the event.
In 1870 Julia Ward Howe offered her Mother’s Day Proclamation to the world. Her dream was the establishment of an international Mothers’ Day Festival dedicated to the cause of nonviolent resolution of conflict and international solidarity among all women.
For 55 years, VOW has advocated tirelessly for a world without war. We encourage women to exercise responsibility for the promotion of world peace and justice, through education of themselves and others to take an equal part in the democratic process of decision making; and to cooperate with women throughout the world to create the mutual respect and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflict.
For tickets or information call (416) 603-7915 or email Website:

Time:  6:00 pm
Venue:  Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Location:  141 St. George Street, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Sandra Ruch
Phone:  4166037915
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Women; Politics & Political Organizations
May 15/2015
Toronto, ON
Concert by Canadian Arabic Ensemble
Remembrance of things past with the music of Spring
A beautiful mix of pure instrumental pieces brought to life by the quintet of the Canadian Arabic Ensemble ... melodies by the immortal Rahbani brothers, Marcel Khalifeh and Al Qasabji as well as Arabic folk songs and Classical Arabic, Oriental and Western music. An evening of music to mark the arrival of spring. The quintet of the Canadian Arabic Ensemble is Lamees Audeh (Piano), Wafa Al Zaghal (Qanun), Basel Theodory (Violin), Melad Bouchaya and James Freeman (Percussions).

Time:  7:30pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Music; Performing Arts
May 16/2015
to May 15/2015
Toronto, ON
Olive Branch Comedy Hour
Eman El-Husseini's comedy career has taken her around the world. Since her debut in 2006 Eman has accumulated a list of impressive credits ranging from her own Comedy Special on the Comedy Network to multiple appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival to name but a few of her accomplishments. The appeal of her Stand Up has travelled across North America and the Middle East. Highlight of her career: performing in Jerusalem. Eman is joined by Jess Salomon and Nader Mansour who will open the show.

Time:  7:30pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Performing Arts
May 16/2015
Toronto, ON
Malcolm X Day
Celebrate Malcolm X Day in Toronto. Drumming, spoken word artists, speakers, dancers and musicians. Presented by African-Canadian Muslim Association

Time:  2:00 - 5:00pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Performing Arts
May 16/2015
Toronto, ON
Stop Shock Now
On May 16 the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) is organizing a public protest against electroshock (ECT) at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in Toronto.

This protest and many others are being held simultaneously in over 25 cities in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Uruguay -- an International Day of Protest in honour of and inspired by the life and work of the late Leonard Roy Frank, courageous shock survivor, fearless anti-psychiatry activist and brilliant researcher and writer who suddenly died last January.

For Frank and thousands of other shock survivors and activists, electroshock was and still is a devastating and harmful procedure, always memory destroying and brain-damaging; Leonard once renamed this atrocity "ECB - electroconvulsive brainwashing."

The APA actively promotes ECT and holds continuing education courses, funded by Big Pharma, at all its annual meetings. The APA claims, "Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective evidence-based medical treatment."

We urge CAPA members, shock survivors, antipsychiatry activists, social justice activists, human rights advocates, academics, and concerned citizens to join our Toronto protest in front of the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Assemble at 1pm at "The Archer" statue in Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall; at 1:15-1:30pm, we march to the Sheraton. We need your support. Please join us to protest in solidarity.

Time:  1:15 pm
Venue:  Sheraton Centre Hotel
Location:  Queen Street West opposite City Hall, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 21/2015
Toronto, ON
Canadian Journalists and Coverage of The Gaza War
Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica explores how the recent war in summer 2014 was covered by Canadian journalists.

Andrew Mitrovica is a writer and journalism instructor. For much of his career, Andrew was an investigative reporter for a variety of news organizations and publications including the CBC's fifth estate, CTV's W5, CTV National News - where he was the network's chief investigative producer - the Walrus magazine and the Globe and Mail, where he was a member of the newspaper's investigative unit. He is a columnist with iPolitics. During the course of his 23-year career, Andrew has won numerous national and international awards for his investigative work.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:50
- $5 donation (suggested minimum)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.

Time:  7pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www,
For information contact:
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
May 21/2015
Toronto, ON
Chris Hedges Speaks at The 3rd Annual Tommy Douglas Institute: Education & Activism: Rethink Resist Reclaim
The 3rd annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College is pleased to announce celebrated writer, activist and public intellectual Chris Hedges as its keynote speaker on Education & Activism: Rethink Resist Reclaim on Thursday May 21st, 2015.

The one-day event welcomes communities, students, faculty, activists, admin, community workers and the public to share in provocative discussions, interactive exhibits and a community forum featuring an intergenerational panel of activist-educators.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts in a range of roundtable sessions: Aboriginal Perspectives: Decolonizing Post-Secondary Education; From Access to Inclusion: Rights-Based Approaches to Post-Secondary Education; Community Partners and Post Secondary Education: Breaking Down the Walls; Faculty Perspectives on Critical Pedagogy and Educating for Change; Is There a Better Way? Policy Alternatives in Post-Secondary Education; Student Perspectives: From Consumers to Learners - Reversing the Trend; Labour Perspectives: Work with Dignity in These Times; Beyond Classroom Walls: Popular Education, Engagement and Activism; The Legacy of Tommy Douglas.

Time:  9:30 - 4:30
Venue:  George Brown College
Location:  290 Adelaide Street East, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Education
May 21/2015
Toronto, ON
Socialism and Social Movements: One Day Educational Conference
A One Day Educational Conference Hosted by: Ideas Left Out

* Race, Gender and Lessons for the Left
* Anti-war, Anti-imperialism: Historical Lessons and Perspectives
* Roundtable on Lessons of Organizing: Parties, Movements, Unions and Coalitions

Speakers Include: Abbie Bakan, Nigel Barriffe, Grace-Edward Galabuzzi, Niloofar Golkar, Paul Kellogg, Punam Khosla, Lee Maracle, Ajamu Nangwaya, John Riddell, Magaly San Martin, Alan Sears

*Vegan and Vegetarian Lunch will be served

$5 - $25 Sliding Scale -- Everyone Welcome -- Registration Required:

Time:  10:00 - 4:30
Venue:  Winchevsky Centre
Location:  585 Cranbrooke Ave., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 21/2015
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

Categories:   Arts & Culture
May 21/2015
to May 29/2015
Washington, DC
Beyond Extreme Energy Returns To Washington
Next up is an even bigger nonviolent action in May. The first day of action, May 21, is the monthly FERC meeting, and we will continue every day FERC is open until May 29. We will include a weekend of training May 24 - 25 for four days of action May 26-29.

This time, we are coming to DC with a nine-point plan to change FERC from a rubber stamp for the fossil fuel industry into a leader in the urgent, civilizational task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to energy efficiency and renewable energy as rapidly as possible.

Location:  Washington, DC
Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space; Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 22/2015
International Day for Biological Diversity
The United Nations General Assembly, by its resolution 55/201 of 20 December 2000, proclaimed 22 May as The International Day for Biological Diversity, to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The date designated for the day was chosen to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The day was first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, and the UN General Assembly, by its resolution 49/119 of 19 December 1994, designated December 29th (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity) the International Day for Biological Diversity. However, it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
May 22/2015
Peterborough, ON
Maude Barlow speaking at Trent University
Academics, activists, and artists will be gathering at Trent University in the spring of 2015 for an exploration of Canada in the new century.

Examining concerns ranging from the environment and science to Canadian art and music, from multiculturalism and diversity to social inequality and Canada's changing place in the global order, "Contesting Canada's Future" will engage scholars, thinkers, cultural producers, and activists in a three-day, multi-site and multi-format event. This interdisciplinary conference, centered at Trent and extending into venues across Peterborough, will include artist exhibitions, screenings, concerts and a host of other community and cultural events, along with panels, roundtables, and keynote speakers.

Time:  9:00 - 10:30 AM
Venue:  Trent University
Location:  1600 W Bank Dr, Peterborough, ON
Categories:   Environment; Information, Libraries, Research
May 23/2015
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
In its resolution A/RES/67/147, the General Assembly calls on the international community to use the International Day to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula.
Generally accepted estimates suggest that 2-3.5 million women live with obstetric fistula in the developing world, and between 50,000 and 100,000 new cases develop each year.

The Campaign to End Fistula, launched by UNFPA and partners in 2003 is now present in 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Arab region.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Women
May 23/2015
to May 24/2015
Ottawa, ON
Walk or Run for Biodiversity: Fundraiser for Farmers in Ethiopia
For the 7th year running USC Canada's Run for Biodiversity team will be going the distance as part of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2km), May 23-24.

Our amazing team of R4B Runners and Walkers will be fundraising to support USC Canada's work with seed-saving farmers in Ethiopia. So why not join us?

All R4B-Ottawa runners and walkers who commit to raising at least $100 will receive a specially-designed Run for Biodiversity t-shirt, as well as ongoing support to help them achieve their fundraising goal.

As a special thank you, USC Canada will refund the registration fees for all R4B-Ottawa fundraisers who raise $250 or more!

Time:  4:00 p.m
Venue:  Near Ottawa City Hall
Location:  110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Farming; Nature & Outdoors; International
May 25/2015
to May 31/2015
International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

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

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. As a result of the decolonization process over the years, most of the Territories were removed from the list.

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.

It also urged all States, directly and through their action in the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system, to provide moral and material assistance to the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 27/2015
Toronto, ON
Art and Activism
From arpilleras, the appliques of Chilean women, to youth drama in the slums of Nairobi, from First Nations in Canada to Cambodian human rights activists, to the apartheid walls of Palestine and refugee camps in the Sahara, banners to murals, from buttons to bumper stickers. Using visual art, theatre, music and poetry, art has the power to express the human passion for peace, rights, equality and dignity. Take a tour of the many art forms created all over the world that show how creativity can inspire action and hope.

Time:  7pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 30/2015
to Jun 4/2015
Ottawa, ON
Congress 2015 of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 84th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Venue:  University of Ottawa
Location:  275 Bank St, Suite 300, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:
Phone:  613-238-6112 (dial 0)
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 31/2015
World No-Tobacco Day
People, non-governmental organizations and governments unite on World No Tobacco Day to draw attention to the health problems that tobacco use can cause. It is held on May 31 each year.

World No Tobacco Day focuses on informing people about health problems associated with tobacco use.

World No Tobacco Day is a day for people, non-governmental organizations and governments organize various activities to make people aware of the health problems that tobacco use can cause. These activities include:

Public marches and demonstrations, often with vivid banners.
Advertising campaigns and educational programs.
People going into public places to encourage people to stop smoking.
The introduction of bans on smoking in particular places or types of advertising.
Meetings for anti-tobacco campaigners.

Moreover, laws restricting smoking in particular areas may come into effect and wide reaching health campaigns may be launched.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jun 2/2015
to Jun 4/2015
Vancouver, BC
Building Lasting Change: CaGBC National Conference and Expo
Building Lasting Change: CaGBC National Conference and Expo

We are at a crossroads.The effects of climate change are now being felt across the world with visible environmental, economic and social impacts. Mitigation to reduce carbon emissions is only slowly taking hold.

With green building being considered one of the most organized response to climate change worldwide, Building Lasting Change 2015 will provide the platform to hear Canadian and global experts share their insights. The focus is on how green building and sustainable neighbourhood development contribute to building resilient cities and enhancing human health and well-being while helping regenerate our natural environment.

Location:  Vancouver, BC
For information contact:
Phone:  (866) 941-1184
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Building & Construction
Jun 2/2015
to Jun 5/2015
Ottawa, ON
Society for Socialist Studies Conference 2015
The theme of the 2015 CFHSS Congress is 'Capital Ideas.' The theme of the 2015 Society for Socialist Studies Conference is Kapital Ideas: analysis, critique, praxis. Join us for four days of wideranging and engaged analysis and dialogue.

Kapital Ideas are theories and analyses that help point us toward a better world through critique of the unequal, violent and exploitative one we now inhabit. They take inspiration from the author of Das Kapital, though they range widely over many issues which include ecology and political economy, gender and sexuality, colonization and imperialism, communication and popular struggles, but also movements and parties, hegemony and counterhegemony, governance and globalization and, of course, class struggle and transformation. Kapital Ideas are interventions that contribute to what Marx, in 1843, called the 'self-clarification of the struggles and wishes of the age'. In an era of deepening crisis and proliferating struggles, of grave threats and new possibilities, the need for these ideas, and for the praxis they can inform, could not be more acute.

Venue:  University of Ottawa
Location:  75 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Business & Economics
Jun 3/2015
Ottawa, ON
8th Annual Conference of Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research
Held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, promising to be an engaging and provocative conference.

Venue:  University of Ottawa
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy; Economic Development
Jun 4/2015
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, "appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel's acts of aggression", decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8).

Categories:   Children & Youth; Military
Jun 5/2015
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

World Environment Day promotes ways to improve the earth's environment, such as conserving forests.

World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways in countries such as Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States. Activities include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting, and clean-up campaigns. In many countries, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action towards improving the environment. This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or ratify international environmental conventions.

Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Jun 8/2015
World Oceans Day
The celebration of World Oceans Day 2014 coincides with the first day of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This year, also marks the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention.

The United Nations will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 and recognize the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition at an event on 9 June 2014 at United Nations Headquarters.

Categories:   Environment
Jun 12/2015
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; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jun 14/2015
World Blood Donor Day
Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity - especially in developing countries. World Blood Donor Day is an occasion to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide. It is held anually on June 14.
Many events are held around the world on June 14 to mark World Blood Donor Day. These include football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically "paint the world red" by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jun 15/2015
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, 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.
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.

Categories:   Seniors; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Transportation & Travel
Jun 15/2015
to Jun 19/2015
Winnipeg, MB
Human Rights and Peace
Join us for "Human Rights and Peace" at the 2015 Canadian School of Peacebuilding with instructor Clint Curle. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit.

"Human rights concepts and practices have the potential to contribute to peace. This course will examine how this potential is helped and impeded by governments, the UN, NGO's, religious groups, corporations, and activists. The course will also explore the ways international and regional human rights mechanisms work in practice and the use of these norms to legitimize armed conflict."

Venue:  Canadian Mennonite University
Location:  500 Shaftesbury BLVD, Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 16/2015
to Jun 21/2015
Darlington, MD
Free Spirit Gathering XXX
Who's invited?

You. You'll meet people walking all kinds of paths -- Wiccans, Druids, Heathens, Pagans, Vodouisants, Santeras, Polytheists, Monotheists, Pantheists, Atheists, Animists... you get the idea. You don't have to be of a particular path or practice to join us; you just have to respect the paths and practices of your fellow members of this sacred community.

What's happening?

Classes and workshops for everybody, for kids, for teens, and for adults, rituals, sweats, concerts and performances, merchants, and drumming and dancing by the lakeside fire circle.

Venue:  Ramblewood Retreat Center
Location:  2564 Silver Road, Darlington, MD
For information contact:
Categories:   Religious
Jun 17/2015
World Day to Combat Desertification
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.

Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Health/Health Care
Jun 20/2015
World Refugee Day
The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.

The General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Jun 23/2015
International Widows' Day
To give special recognition to the situation of widows of all ages and across regions and cultures, the United Nations General Assembly declared 23 June 2011 as the first-ever International Widows' Day, to be celebrated annually.
Absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organizations - the situation of widows is, in effect, invisible.

Categories:   Women
Jun 26/2015
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
On 12 December 1997, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Health/Health Care
Jul 5/2015
International Day of Cooperatives
In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed, in its resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, the International Day of Cooperatives to be celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.
The aim of this International Day is to:
-->Increase awareness on cooperatives;
-->Highlight the complementarily of the goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international cooperative movement;
-->Underscore the contribution of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations;
-->Srengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels.

Categories:   Business & Economics; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jul 15/2015
to Jul 17/2015
Barcelona, Spain
5th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation
The aim of ICEPR'15 is to bring together the Canadian and international community working in the field of environmental sciences, engineering, and technology, and to foster an environment conducive to present advances in this field. This conference will also provide a golden opportunity to develop new collaborations and gather world experts on the different topics including pollution detection, environmental remediation, and pollution prevention. Through the fifth conference, a great opportunity to share knowledge and expertise will be created by taking advantage of the synergy that was formed in preceding conferences. ICEPR'15 will include invited keynote talks, oral presentation sessions, and poster sessions who will demonstrate new and exciting research in the fields.

Location:  Barcelona, Spain
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology
Jul 18/2015
Nelson Mandela International Day
Every year on 18 July - the day Nelson Mandela was born - the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity - as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 25/2015
Newark, New Jersey
Million People's March Against Police Brutality, Economic Injustice
The MILLION PEOPLE'S MARCH Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice, And Economic Inequality, happens Saturday, JULY 25, 2015,12 Noon, at the Lincoln Monument, near intersection of West Market Street & Springfield Avenue, Newark, New Jersey. The march is sponsored by People's Organization For Progress (POP), and endorsed by community, labor, student, and progressive organizations. Planning for the march takes place at POP meetings every Thursday, 6:30pm at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 224 West Kinney Street, Newark, New Jersey. All are invited. For information call (973) 801-0001. Please share this message. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!

Time:  12:00 PM
Venue:  Lincoln Monument
Location:  Newark, New Jersey
Phone:  (973) 801-0001
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Security
Jul 28/2015
World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day is annually held on July 28 to promote awareness of hepatitis, a disease that affects the liver.
The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the different forms of hepatitis: what they are and how they are transmitted; who is at risk; and the various methods of prevention and treatment.
Organizations such as the United Nations and the World Hepatitis Alliance work with individuals and community groups to promote awareness raising campaigns worldwide about hepatitis. Information about World Hepatitis Day is usually distributed via social media, newspapers, posters, and through the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Jul 30/2015
International Day of Friendship
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.
The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Categories:   International; Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Jul 30/2015
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
In 2010, the General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge. The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN's broader programmes in order to boost development and strengthen security worldwide. One of the crucial provisions in the Plan is the establishment of a UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking, especially women and children.

In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to "raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights."

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Aug 1/2015
to Aug 7/2015
World Breastfeeding Week
Celebrated every year in more than 170 countries, World Breastfeeding Week aims to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for newborns up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

This year's theme is "Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers", highlighting breastfeeding peer counselling, an approach that tackles the sharp decline in breastfeeding rates and practices in the weeks or months after delivery, particularly exclusive breastfeeding.

Categories:   Children & Youth; Health/Health Care; Women
Aug 9/2015
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 - 2004).
The theme aims to highlight the importance of implementing the rights of indigenous peoples through policies and programmes at both the national and international level working together towards this common goal with Governments, the United Nations system, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Native Peoples
Aug 12/2015
International Youth Day
On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
The United Nations' (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

Categories:   Children & Youth
Aug 19/2015
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 23/2015
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is annually observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of slave trade.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 29/2015
International Day against Nuclear Tests
On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education "about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world."
The International Day against Nuclear Tests, together with other events and actions, has fostered a global environment with more optimistic prospects towards a world free of nuclear weapons. There have been visible signs of progress on various fronts but, equally, challenges remain. It is the hope of the UN that one day all nuclear weapons will be eliminated. Until then, there is a need to observe International Day against Nuclear Tests as we work towards promoting peace and security world-wide.

Categories:   International; Military
Aug 30/2015
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern, in particular, by the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction, when these are part of or amount to enforced disappearances, and by the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared.
By the same resolution the Assembly welcomed the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and decided to declare 30 August the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, to be observed beginning in 2011.
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. Of particular concern are:

-->the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders, relatives of victims, witnesses and legal counsel dealing with cases of enforced disappearance;
-->the use by States of counter-terrorist activities as an excuse for breaching their obligations;
-->and the still widespread impunity for enforced disappearance.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Law Enforcement & Corrections
Sep 8/2015
International Literacy Day
The United Nations' (UN) International Literacy Day annually falls on September 8 to raise people's awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies, with a strong emphasis on epidemics and communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

In countries all over the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom, the day raises people's awareness of and concern for literacy problems within their own communities. Activities such as letters to the editor in newspapers, as well as news reports about the concerns for low literacy levels, have occurred as a result of this increased awareness. Other activities include literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and literature, which are promoted by various organizations including reading associations

Categories:   Education
Sep 10/2015
to Sep 12/2015
Ending Mass Incarceration And School-To-Prison Pipeline
The United States has 5% of the world's population but 25% of the world's incarcerated population. There are over 7.2 million in jails, prisons, on probation, on parole or under some form of correctional supervision with over 2.2 million incarcerated. There are presently over 20 million Americans with criminal records that prevent them from employment, housing, voting, government student loans for education, and other basic rights as citizens of the United States.

The goals of this conference include: Advocacy: push for strategic reforms in theThe School-to-Prison Pipeline areas of sentencing, zero tolerance policies in schools, law enforcement, policy brutality and workable reentry policies. Educational campaigns: awareness, and resource availability toward strategic engagement. Direct intervention in the lives of families, offenders, and those offended one way or another through the criminal justice system. We gather to advocate for the end to mandatory minimums, closing the gap between poorly resourced schools and the criminalization of school disciplines and mass incarceration, as pivotal conduits in the mass incarceration of especially minority youths in the criminal justice system.

Venue:  Ending Mass Incarceration And School-To-Prison Pipeline
Location:  68 Northampton Street, Boston
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Law Enforcement & Corrections
Sep 12/2015
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation is annually observed on September 12.
The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation celebrates economic, social and political developments in many developing countries.
Originally observed on December 19, the date for the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation was moved to September 12 in 2011. It commemorates the date when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a plan of action in 1978 to promote and implement technical cooperation among developing countries.

Categories:   International
Sep 14/2015
to Sep 16/2015
Ottawa, ON
ICCE2015: International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy
The ICCE2015 organizing committee warmly invite you to attend the ICCE 2015 conference. ICCE 2015 takes place in Ottawa, Canada. Nestled on the banks of the majestic Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, Ottawa is one of the most beautiful G8 capitals in the world. Ottawa is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture. It provides a spectacular environment for meeting and networking.

The objective of the conference is to explore the innovations and latest accomplishments in the areas of Clean Energy and to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, practitioners, policy makers, from all over the world to present advances in the clean energy technologies.

ICCE 2015 is an opportunity to network with some of the world's leading scientists, and to experience the vibrant culture and to explore the natural wonders of Ottawa.

Venue:  TBA
Location:  TBA, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Science & Technology; Environment
Sep 15/2015
International Day of Democracy
The UN General Assembly, in resolution A/62/7 (2007) encouraged Governments to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy, and also decided that 15 September of each year should be observed as the International Day of Democracy.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Sep 16/2015
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on September 16 every year. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987.

Categories:   Environment
Sep 17/2015
to Sep 20/2015
Toronto, ON
Natural Health Food & Products Conference: CHFA 2015
The Canadian Health Food Association is Canada's largest trade association dedicated to natural health and organic products.

Showcasing the best of the industry. For almost 50 years, CHFA has set the standard for showcasing natural and organic products through the industry's most prestigious events. They are dynamic events where education, innovation and networking opportunities come together. Retailers, suppliers, and industry experts gather to celebrate the best of what we do.

CHFA East is Canada's largest conference and trade show for the natural health and organics industry. It's the place to meet the industry's top manufacturers, distributors and brokers, face-to-face.

With more than 800 exhibits on our 95,000 square-foot show floor, there's always something new to discover. For retailers, this event is the year's biggest showcase of innovative new products and educational seminars.

Venue:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
Location:  255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Trade
Sep 21/2015
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.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Categories:   International
Sep 26/2015
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It provides an opportunity to educate the public -- and their leaders -- about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues. It is the right place to address one of humanity's greatest challenges, achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

Categories:   International; Military
Oct 1/2015
International Day of Older Persons
The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1 to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.

Categories:   Seniors; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Oct 2/2015
International Day of Non-Violence
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence".

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Oct 5/2015
World Habitat Day
The United Nations' (UN) World Habitat Day is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October to reflect on the state of human settlements and people's right to sufficient shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future next generations.
World Habitat Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, including in places such as Angola, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Uganda and the United States. Various activities around the world are organized to examine the problems of rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment and human poverty. Activities may include awards ceremonies, including the "Habitat Scroll of Honour" award.

Categories:   Urban Issues, Transit, Housing, Public Space
Oct 5/2015
World Teachers' Day
The United Nations' (UN) World Teachers' Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. This enables children and adults of all ages to learn to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society.
Various events are arranged in many countries around the world on or around October 5. These include celebrations to honor teachers in general or those who have made a special contribution to a particular community. The day may also be marked by conferences emphasizing the importance of teachers and learning, extra training sessions for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession among university students or other suitably qualified professionals and events to increase the profile of teachers and the role they play in the media.

Categories:   Education; Children & Youth
Oct 7/2015
to Oct 11/2015
Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference
25th Annual Conference: Weather, Water, Energy
SEJ’s Oklahoma conference will take you to renowned centers of research and operations in severe weather, oil exploration, climate and water conservation. You’ll enjoy a state with nearly a dozen ecoregions, from rolling hills to vast plains, from prairies to forested valleys.

Learn more about:
* Severe Weather in a Volatile World: The world’s top academic and government researchers work here.
* Tornado Alley: This place gets pummeled, so this is where you’ll find the experts.
* Water: Everybody wants it, nobody has enough — not farmers, ranchers, cities or ‘Big Oil.’
* Climate Change: Adapting crops, cattle and cities.
* Native American Nations: Charting a new way forward, taking control of natural resources.
* Oil and Gas Drilling: Advanced fracking techniques, water recycling and earthquakes.
* Superfund Sites: They don't get much worse than Tar Creek. What works, what doesn't?
* Climate Science, Climate Nonsense? Politicians deny climate change in D.C., while locals work to repair and prevent disasters.

Location:  Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Categories:   Environment; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Oct 11/2015
International Day of the Girl Child
The International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls' rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It is a UN observance that is annually held on October 11.
The International Day of the Girl Child gives people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from. On this day, many community and political leaders talk to the public about the importance of girls' right to equal education and their fundamental freedoms. Various events are held to showcase the work that people are doing to empower girls through active support and engagement with parents, families, and the wider community.

Categories:   Children & Youth; Women
Oct 15/2015
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."
Rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. But limited access to credit, health care and education are among the many challenges they face, which are further aggravated by the global food and economic crises and climate change. Empowering them is key not only to the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities, but also to overall economic productivity, given women's large presence in the agricultural workforce worldwide.

Categories:   Women; Farming; Economic Development
Oct 16/2015
World Food Day
World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.
World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people.
In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger. From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger.
Each year, advocates come together to raise awareness and engage Americans and Canadians in the movement to end hunger. Led by the FAO Liaison Office for North America, the World Food Day USA & Canada Network includes over 60 organizations, universities and companies that are working to achieve a zero hunger world.

Categories:   Food & Beverage; Farming; Economic Development
Oct 17/2015
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.
Various non-government organizations and community charities support the Day for the Eradication of Poverty by actively calling for country leaders and governments to make the fight against poverty a central part of foreign policy. Other activities may include signing "Call to action" petitions, organizing concerts and cultural events, and holding interfaith gatherings that may include a moment of silence.

Categories:   Economic Development; Social Policy
Oct 24/2015
World Development Information Day
The United Nations' (UN) World Development Information Day is annually held on October 24 to draw attention of worldwide public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.
Many events are organized to focus attention on the work that the UN does, particularly with regard to problems of trade and development. Many of these are aimed at journalists working for a range of media, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines and Internet sites. Direct campaigns may also be organized in some areas. These may use advertisements in newspapers and on radio and television as well as posters in public places.
In South Africa, indabas (gatherings of community representatives with expertise in a particular area) are often held. Representatives of local, national and international bodies are invited to share, discuss and consolidate their ideas around a particular development issue of local or national importance.

Categories:   Information, Libraries, Research; International; Economic Development
Oct 24/2015
to Oct 30/2015
Disarmament Week
The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.

In 1995, the General Assembly invited governments, as well as NGOs, to continue taking an active part in Disarmament Week (resolution 50/72 B, 12 December 1995). It invited the Secretary-General to continue using United Nations information entities as widely as possible, to promote a better understanding among the public of disarmament problems, and the aims of the Week.

Categories:   Military; International
Nov 2/2015
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013 which proclaimed 2 November as the 'International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists'. The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity.
Over the past decade, more than 700 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public. Worryingly, only one in ten cases committed against media workers over the past decade has led to a conviction. This impunity emboldens the perpetrators of the crimes and at the same time has a chilling effect on society including journalists themselves. Impunity breeds impunity and feeds into a vicious cycle.

Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Nov 6/2015
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4).
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.

Categories:   Environment; Military
Nov 10/2015
World Science Day for Peace and Development
The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

Categories:   Science & Technology; Economic Development
Nov 11/2015
to Nov 17/2015
World Science Day for Peace and Development
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.

Categories:   Science & Technology
Nov 16/2015
International Day for Tolerance
In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.
This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.

Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 19/2015
World Toilet Day
World Toilet Day is a United Nations (UN) observance, on November 19, that highlights a serious problem - 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation.
Each year thousands of people join in on promoting World Toilet Day via social media campaigns, online petitions, and by getting involved in a range of events held in different countries worldwide.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Economic Development
Nov 20/2015
Universal Children's Day
General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate.

Categories:   Children & Youth; International
Nov 25/2015
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
To raise awareness and trigger action to end the global scourge of violence against women and girls, the UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day) are a chance to mobilize and raise awareness.

Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Nov 29/2015
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is annually observed on November 29. The day is also known as Solidarity Day.
Special meetings may be held to observe Solidarity Day in some UN offices, councils, government bodies and organizations that have a special interest in the issues encompassing the event. The day may also be publicized through newspapers, magazines, radio and television news, and online media. Some topics that may be publicized or discussed include the status and plight of Palestinian refugees, as well as general information on Palestinian culture and society.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 30/2015
to Dec 11/2015
United Nations Climate Change Summit: UNFCCC COP 21
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.

Location:  Paris
For information contact:  UNFCCC Secretariat - : secretariat (at)
Phone:  +49-228 815-1000
Categories:   Environment; International
Dec 1/2015
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money for NAT (National AIDS Trust) and show your support for people living with HIV. If you feel inspired to hold an event, bake sale or simply sell red ribbons.

Categories:   Health/Health Care
Dec 2/2015
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).
The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Dec 3/2015
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is marked around the world annually on 3 December, as per General Assembly resolution 47/3 of 14 October 1992, to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Disability Issues
Dec 5/2015
International Volunteer Day
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. Through the Online Volunteering service, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Every day thousands of people are volunteering, online or on-site, contributing to peace and development, working to achieve the MDGs and engaging people to shape the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

IVD 2014 is a global celebration honouring people's participation in making a change at all levels - locally, nationally and globally.

On IVD 2014, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets - but pay special tribute to the participation of people in making a difference at all levels: locally, nationally and globally.

For information contact:
Categories:   Government & Public Sector
Dec 9/2015
International Anti-Corruption Day
On 31 October 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as secretariat for the Convention's Conference of States Parties (resolution 58/4).
The Assembly also designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it.

Categories:   Business & Economics; Law Enforcement & Corrections
Dec 10/2015
Human Rights Day
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention 'of the peoples of the world' the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Dec 11/2015
International Mountain Day
The year 2002 was the International Year of Mountains. As this year drew to a close, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed December 11 to be International Mountain Day. This observance, which is celebrated annually, aims to draw attention to the important roles that mountainous regions play in water and food supply.
Various activities are organized on and around International Mountain Day. These aim to increase awareness of and knowledge around the role of mountains and mountainous regions amongst the general population and professionals. Particular examples of events are: book fairs; symposia; themed lectures for students; workshops and press events. Mountaineering and explorations societies may hold lectures and social events on or around December 11.

Categories:   Environment
Dec 18/2015
International Migrants Day
The United Nations' (UN) International Migrants Day is annually held on December 18 to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide.
Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to observe International Migrants Day by distributing information on the human rights and migrants' fundamental freedoms. People are also invited to share their experiences and contribute to designing action plans to ensure their protection.
Many organizations and communities celebrate the day through various activities to alert the general public on facts about migrants, problems with human trafficking, the lives of migrant workers' children, the plight of refugees and ways in combating racism. Websites, such as, gives people the opportunity to have a virtual experience of what it is like to come from a migrant background. Lobby groups may also use this day as an opportunity to pressure local public officials to look at issues concerning legalization, immigrant enforcement and migrants' human rights. Special films and documentaries about migrants are also screened or broadcast on this day.

Categories:   International; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Dec 20/2015
International Human Solidarity Day
The United Nations' (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.
On International Human Solidarity Day, governments are reminded of their commitments to international agreements on the need for human solidarity as an initiative to fight against poverty. People are encouraged to debate on ways to promote solidarity and find innovative methods to help eradicate poverty.
Activities may include promoting campaigns on issues such as:
-->Banning land mines.
-->Making health and medication accessible to those in need.
-->Relief efforts to help those who suffered the effects of natural or human-made disasters.
-->Achieving universal education.
-->Fighting against poverty, corruption and terrorism.
The day is promoted through all forms of media including magazine articles, speeches at official events, and web blogs from groups, individuals or organizations committed to universal solidarity.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Human Rights, Law, Legal

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For events that happened on this day in history, see: Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology.

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