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Date/Location Event/Organization
Jan 29/2015
to Feb 1/2015
Guelph, ON
Guelph Organic Conference 2015
This event started with a simple launch - an afternoon seminar dreamed up by a couple of grad students on the Guelph campus in the winter of 1982. The student group "Guelph Ag. Alternatives" ran it for years, then it became a larger event when a coalition of non-profits assumed the management in 1992. Since 2003, the Annual Conference & Expo has been organized and promoted by a federal non-profit corporation - 'Organic Food Conferences Canada' - managed by representatives of 16 public sector, non-profit organic groups (see Offical Sponsors/Conference Organizers at the SPONSORS page).

Venue:  Guelph University Centre
Location:  University Centre, Guelph, ON
Website:  http://www.guelphorganicconf.ca/
Categories:   Environment; Farming; Food & Beverage
Feb 1/2015
Toronto, ON
Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights
Speakers
Heather Milton Lightening, Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
Keith Stewart, Climate & Energy Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada
Anna Zalik, Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Tar Sands extraction projects, located primarily in Treaty 6 and 8, have radically damaged and contaminated a huge area of land in so-called Alberta, and poisoned the Athabasca watershed. As a result of the toxic operations, some Indigenous communities are experiencing unusually high rates of rare cancers and other illnesses. Traditional ways of life are also at risk as hunting, fishing, and collecting medicinal plants is becoming more difficult in polluted waters and lands.

These lands are the traditional territories of a number of Indigenous Nations whose right to hunt, fish, and live are protected by Treaties, which are currently being violated.

Moreover, the tar sands are significantly contributing to catastrophic climate change, the effects of which are being felt around the world through extreme weather events. The tar sands are Canada's biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions as well as the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. At a time when many countries are moving towards renewable and green energy alternatives, Canada is continuing to push for Tar Sands expansion.

Time:  2:00 - 5:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org
Categories:   Environment; Native Peoples; Mining & Petroleum
Feb 1/2015
to Feb 7/2015
World Interfaith Harmony Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event to be observed during the first week of February starting in 2011.

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

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

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/interfaithharmonyweek/
Categories:   Religious
Feb 3/2015
Toronto, ON
Out in the Night: Cinema Politica season opener with special guests
Cinema Politica at The Bloor is back and ready to launch 2015 with OUT IN THE NIGHT, a riveting doc about intersectional and prison justice as well as homophobia and black queer identity in the States. Co-presented with Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and co-sponsored by Point of View Magazine.

OUT IN THE NIGHT
Blair Doroshwalther / United States / 2014 / 75 ' / English

OUT IN THE NIGHT is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They are all in their late teens and early twenties and come from a low-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. Two of the women are the focus - gender non-conforming Renata Hill, a single mother with a soft heart and keen sense of humor, and petite femme Patreese Johnson, a shy and tender poet.

As they and their friends walk under the hot neon lights of tattoo parlors in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronts them. He says to Patreese "let me get some of that" as he points below her waist. When she says that they are gay, the man becomes violent and threatens to "fuck them straight". He spits and throws a lit cigarette. Renata and Venice defend the group and a fight begins, captured by security cameras nearby.

As the fight comes to an end, all get up and walk away. But 911has been called and the man involved has been stabbed. Police swarm to the scene.

Time:  6:00 - 8:30
Venue:  Bloor Cinema
Location:  506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Law Enforcement & Corrections
Feb 6/2015
Toronto, ON
Engagement Organizing - Harnessing People Power: A Training Workshop for Environmental NGOs
There is a growing trend towards people-centred campaigns, enhanced by technology and data. NGOs that wish to be a part of this trend need to retool around the best practices of organizing and engagement. Advancing our various issues has now become about how we best support citizen mobilization and leadership.'Engagement Organizing' is an approach that strives to marry organizing, technology, and a culture of developing leadership in others. It represents a shift away from expert-driven, direct mail groups toward a model that focuses on nimble, data-driven, learning organizations that place relationship building and mobilization of supporters at the heart of their work. The result can build resilient, effective organizations that continue to advance their work in an ever-more competitive world. The goal of the workshop will be to share the theory and practice of developing successful engagement organizations. Session leaders will describe real world stories and techniques of others doing this kind of work, and also tap into lessons from participants in the room.

The workshop will be co-led by Matt Price and Graham Saul. Matt Price has worked with a wide variety of environmental organizations in Canada and the U.S. over the past 15 years, from the grassroots to the giants. He now assists NGOs in implementing engagement organizing. Graham Saul has worked on global justice and environmental issues for 20 years and is Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa.

Location:  215 Spadina Ave. Suite 120, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://sustainabilitynetwork.ca
Categories:   Environment; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 6/2015
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
On 20 December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/67/146 in which it
"Calls upon States, the United Nations system, civil society and all stakeholders to continue to observe 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and to use the day to enhance awareness- raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations".

Though the practice has persisted for over a thousand years, programmatic evidence suggests that FGM/C can end in one generation. While UNICEF currently works in 22 countries on the elimination of FGM/C, since 2008 UNFPA and UNICEF have collaborated on the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change in 15 of those countries in West, East and North Africa.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/femalegenitalmutilationday/index.shtml
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
Feb 7/2015
Guelph, ON
Environmental Sciences Symposium: Human Health & the Environment
This year's theme is Human Health & the Environment encompassing topics such as harmful cosmetics and everyday products, environmental chemicals in our water systems, food, agriculture, pesticides & GMOS, Inuit health and food security, First Nations health in relation to water quality, and overall sustainability and human health.

Speakers include: Holly Dressel, Adria Vasil, Dr. Keith Solomon, Dr. Maria Trainer, Dr. Ralph Martin, Linnaea Jasiuk, Colleen Parker, and Shared Valued Solutions.

Time:  9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue:  OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre
Location:  University of Guelph, College St E, Guelph, ON
Website:  http://www.enviroscisymposium.org/
For information contact:  Kathryn Allen: envsymp@uoguelph.ca
Phone:  519-824-4120 ext. 54293
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; Farming
Feb 10/2015
Toronto, ON
To be or not to be a Jewish State? A question with implications for Canada
Why is Benjamin Netanyahu relentless in his drive to create a "Jewish State" in constitutional law? The "nation-state" law would make it legal that where Israeli democracy and "Jewishness" are in conflict, its "Jewish" nature take precedence over democracy. Stephen Harper has declared that Canada should recognize Israel as a "Jewish State". He also says Israel is the "only democracy in the Middle East." But what does a "Jewish State" actually mean? Especially for the 22% of the population that is not Jewish? Is it possible for Israel to be both a democracy and a Jewish State?

Having visited Israel over several years and countless visits to both Palestinian and Israeli schools, homes, hospitals, farms and villages, Peter Larson examines the question.

Speaker
Peter Larson is the Chair of the National Education Committee on Israel/Palestine (NECIP).

His professional career included periods at the Public Policy Forum, the Conference Board of Canada, Le Droit, and with several Federal government departments and agencies. In addition he was well known as a syndicated columnist with the Southam Newspaper chain.

For the last 10 years, he has taken a particular interest in human rights issues in the Middle East, visiting Israel, Iran, Jordan, Egypt and the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank. He has also led many trips to Israel/Palestine for Canadians interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the complex Israel/Palestine issue.

Cost $5

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org
Categories:   International
Feb 10/2015
to Feb 12/2015
London, ON
Sustainable Communities Conference
The 2015 Sustainable Communities Conference is heading to London, ON, for what promises to be the best sustainability experience yet!
Connect with peers: New this year are facilitated networking opportunities, including a unique Open Space workshop format, and we're back with even more great training opportunities, dynamic workshops, and much more.
The conference brings local leaders together to share their challenges and successes, learn from each other, and collaborate to build their own momentum on the path to sustainability.

Venue:  London Convention Centre
Location:  300 York Street, London, ON
Website:  http://www.fcm.ca/home/events/sustainable-communities-conference.htm
For information contact:  Kim Sauve: ksauve@fcm.ca
Phone:  613-907-6212
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Government & Public Sector
Feb 14/2015
Montreal, QC
Annual Memorial March for Missing & Murdered Women
This march was founded in Vancouver in 1991 by a group of Native women and frontline workers in response to the negligent response by police in the case of the murder of a Coast Salish woman. In it's 6th year in Montreal, the purpose of the march is to commemorate the lives of missing and murdered women and girls of all backgrounds, but with a particular emphasis on Native women and girls, as this brutal violence affects their communities disproportionately. The march will also seek
to raise awareness among the general population and in the media about the deeply systemic nature of this gendered and racial violence.

Time:  3:00
Venue:  Square Cabot
Location:  Avenue Atwater and Rue St. Catherine W, Montreal, QC
Categories:   Native Peoples; Women; Law Enforcement & Corrections
Feb 16/2015
Toronto, ON
Europe's Crisis and the Rise of the Right: Challenges for the Left
A Round-table Discussion

Speakers:
Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations, UK
Richard Seymour, Blogger, Lenin's Tomb
GM Tamas, Hungary's dissident phlisopher/ex-MP
Geoff Eley, Historian, U Michigan
Moderated by Greg Albo, Professor at York University and co-editor of the Socialist Register
Sponsored by the Socialist Register, the Socialist Project, the Centre for Social Justice and LAPS at York University.

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 20/2015
World Day of Social Justice
he General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/
Categories:   Social Policy; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Feb 20/2015
to Feb 22/2015
Philadelphia
Poly Living 2015
2015 10th Annual Poly Living Polyamory Conference

Poly Living is a place to learn relationship skills that support healthy polyamorous relationships, to connect with like minded people, explore possibilities and have fun.

Since 2005 when George Marvil hosted the first Poly Living Conference in Philadelphia, it has been the best place to warm up your winter with fun, learning and polyamory community. Whether you are new to polyamory and wanting to find out more, a professional interested in helping clients or an experienced poly person looking to have fun with old friends, Poly Living is a great place to learn, explore and connect with real people.

Fabulous Keynote Speaker
Friday Night Party and Entertainment
Educational and fun workshops
Time to socialize, learn and explore

Early Registration Price is Just $99* for Full Weekend Conference.
Early Registration Ends December 15, 2014 - Regular price is $125

Conference Registration Includes:PL2011Mim
Friday night Keynote
Dance Reception and Entertainment
Workshops by Experienced Presenters

***Call us about special group discounts***

Location:  Philadelphia
Website:  http://www.lovemore.com/conferences/polyliving/philadelphia/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Sexuality
Feb 21/2015
International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Feb 25/2015
Collingwood, ON
Be The Change Film + Discussion Series - A Will for the Woods
Be The Change Documentary Film Series was created in 2008 to educate and inspire the local community into action where it relates to our fragile ecosystem and what each of us can do to help preserve it. Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation and Elephant Thoughts are working together along with other community partners to provide the audience with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important ecological and social justice issues facing our local area and the communities of planet Earth. Proceeds support local programs and initiatives at Blue Mountain Watershed Trust and Elephant Thoughts. To support the series as a volunteer or a sponsor please contact Christy Deere at 416-824-3837 or christy@leap2learn.com

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  The Gayety Theatre
Location:  161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON
Website:  http://www.elephantthoughts.com/be-the-change-film-series/
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Feb 28/2015
to Mar 1/2015
Hamilton, ON
Labour and the Environment
The McMaster Labour Studies Certificate program is intended to meet the educational goals of those wishing to pursue lifelong learning in a supportive and worker friendly environment. Courses are developed on principles of adult education currently practiced in unions. The learning process is based on a commitment to students and respect for prior knowledge, workplace experiences and activism.

Labour and the Environment
Work and the environment are often seen as being opposed to one another because of the damages caused by work on the 'natural' environment. What is most often overlooked is that the workplace is an "environment" as well. In this course, we will look at the relationships between workplace and 'natural' environments to better understand why are at odds and how improvements in workplace environments can bring improvements to 'natural' environments.

Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Venue:  Hamilton Labour Council
Location:  1130 Barton St. E, Hamilton, ON
Website:  http://www.labourstudies.mcmaster.ca/hdlc-mac-mohawk-certificates/Winter2015.pdf
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Environment; Education
Mar 1/2015
Zero Discrimination Day
Zero Discrimination Day is the opportunity to celebrate everyone's right to live a full and productive life with dignity - no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love. By joining hearts and voices, individuals, communities and societies can transform the world every day and everywhere. Zero Discrimination Day is a moment to highlight how everyone can become informed and promote tolerance, compassion and peace.

Website:  http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/20131126zerodiscrimination/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 2/2015
Toronto, ON
Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights Workshop for ENGOs and Community Groups: A Toolkit for Change
Identical sessions will be offered on two dates: Monday, March 2, 2015, and Friday, March 6, 2015. Both sessions will be offered from 1-4 PM and take place in Toronto.
This interactive workshop will introduce you to Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), a powerful toolkit for environmental change. Whether your issues are wildlife or water taking permits, alvars or air quality, greenhouse gases or gravel pits, you want to ensure you have the full range of tools at your disposal. The EBR is designed to boost public engagement with Ontario's environmental laws and policies.

Time:  1-4 PM
Venue:  Sustainability Network
Location:  215 Spadina Avenue (Ground Floor Connector), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://sustainabilitynetwork.ca/ontarios-environmental-bill-of-rights-a-toolkit-for-change-2
For information contact:  Paul Bubelis: paul@sustainabilitynetwork.ca
Phone:  416-324-2792
Categories:   Environment; Information, Libraries, Research; Government & Public Sector
Mar 6/2015
Toronto, ON
Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights Workshop for ENGOs and Community Groups: A Toolkit for Change
Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights Workshop for ENGOs and Community Groups: A Toolkit for Change
Identical sessions will be offered on two dates: Monday, March 2, 2015, and Friday, March 6, 2015. Both sessions will be offered from 1-4 PM and take place in Toronto.
This interactive workshop will introduce you to Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), a powerful toolkit for environmental change. Whether your issues are wildlife or water taking permits, alvars or air quality, greenhouse gases or gravel pits, you want to ensure you have the full range of tools at your disposal. The EBR is designed to boost public engagement with Ontario's environmental laws and policies.

Time:  1-4pm
Venue:  Sustainability Network
Location:  215 Spadina Avenue (Ground Floor Connector), Toronto, ON
Website:  http://sustainabilitynetwork.ca/ontarios-environmental-bill-of-rights-a-toolkit-for-change-2
For information contact:  Paul Bubelis: paul@sustainabilitynetwork.ca
Phone:  416-324-2792
Categories:   Environment; Education; Information, Libraries, Research
Mar 7/2015
to Mar 6/2015
Beit Zatoun's Annual Open House & Rent Party
Beit Zatoun's annual open house / anniversary / fundraising concert has become a party and music highlight of the year. Join the Beit Zatoun community for an evening of Middle Eastern sounds and flavours to go along with sharing and warm friendships.

In its 6th year, the story of Beit Zatoun continues thanks to ever-increasing circle of friends, guests and inspiration. Together we are creating a uniquely interesting and relevant space where ideas, culture and activism converge.

~ Flavours at 6:30 pm
Refreshments, savories and desserts.

~ Sounds at 7:30 pm
Amazing performances from very generous friends of Beit Zatoun who have donated their time and talent to create this exciting evening.

This is the major fundraising event to help Beit Zatoun become financially self-sustaining. We need to pay the rent for this warm, beautiful and central place which has become home for so much sharing, learning and solidarity.

Please be generous - sliding scale ($50 to $20).
Guaranteed to sell out - purchase advance tickets via pingg and PayPal. Available for purchase in February.

with
- Maryem Tollar Ensemble - traditional Arabic and original compositions
- Near East Ensemble - inspired Middle East music with jazz flavours
- Roula Said and the Bellydance Choir Ladies - prepare to be surprised

Time:  6:30 - 10:00 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street
Website:  http://beitzatoun.org
Categories:   Arts & Culture
Mar 8/2015
International Women's Day
International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/
Categories:   Women; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 21/2015
Vancouver, BC
8th Annual Community March Against Racism
The International Day for the Elimination of Racism marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid's passbook laws, killing 67 and wounding 186.

Every year we join friends and allies around the world to mark this day and to speak the truth about racism.

Family-friendly festivities! Bring your neighbours, banners and drums!

Time:  1:00 pm
Venue:  Clark Park (Commercial Drive and 14th)
Location:  Vancouver, BC
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 21/2015
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21 each year. The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination's negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.
Various activities and events are arranged in many countries worldwide on this day. Previous activities included a webcast from the UN headquarters on March 21 featuring special appearances of UN leaders. Such events aim to help young people voice their opinions, find ways to fight racism, and promote tolerance in their communities and in their lives.

Young people also have the option of posting their opinions regarding discussions on human rights and racial discrimination at Voices of Youth, which is UNICEF's online bulletin board for young people. Contributors to Voices of Youth come from different parts of the world including Jamaica, Kazakhstan, and the Philippines. Other activities include essays, photo projects, and published articles that promote the fight against racial discrimination.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 21/2015
International Day of Forests
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.
Activities expected to take place on the International Day include tree-planting and other community-level events, and national celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
Mar 21/2015
World Poetry Day
In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Mar 21/2015
to Mar 27/2015
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination

In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24).

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

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/week.shtml
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 22/2015
World Water Day
Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources.
Join us in this celebration and spread these messages:
1. Water requires energy and energy requires water.
2. Supplies are limited and demand is increasing.
3. Saving energy is saving water. Saving water is saving energy.
4. The "bottom billion" urgently needs access to both water and sanitation services, and electricity.
5. Improving water and energy efficiency is imperative as are coordinated, coherent and concerted policies.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/
Categories:   Environment; International
Mar 24/2015
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
The United Nations (UN) holds a special day to promote a human rights issue on March 24 each year. This day is called the "International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims".
The UN General Assembly, in its resolution, invites all Member States, international organizations and civil society organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day in an appropriate manner.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/righttotruthday/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 24/2015
to Mar 26/2015
Del Mar, California
Annual Fair Trade Federation Conference
The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.
The Federation envisions a just and sustainable global economic system in which purchasing and production choices are made with concern for the well-being of people and the environment, creating a world where all people have viable economic options to meet their own needs. We seek to alleviate poverty by continually and significantly expanding the practice of trade that values the labor and dignity of all people.

Location:  Del Mar, California
Website:  http://www.fairtradefederation.org/
For information contact:  Renee Bowers
Phone:  rb@fairtradefederation.org
Categories:   Business & Economics
Mar 25/2015
Collingwood, ON
Be The Change Film + Discussion Series - Years of Living Dangerously Episode #6 - Winds of Change
Be The Change Documentary Film Series was created in 2008 to educate and inspire the local community into action where it relates to our fragile ecosystem and what each of us can do to help preserve it. Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation and Elephant Thoughts are working together along with other community partners to provide the audience with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important ecological and social justice issues facing our local area and the communities of planet Earth. Proceeds support local programs and initiatives at Blue Mountain Watershed Trust and Elephant Thoughts. To support the series as a volunteer or a sponsor please contact Christy Deere at 416-824-3837 or christy@leap2learn.com

Time:  6:30PM
Venue:  The Gayety Theatre
Location:  161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON
Website:  http://www.elephantthoughts.com/be-the-change-film-series/
Categories:   Environment
Mar 25/2015
Montreal, QC
Book Launch: "The Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists"
Book launch event for "The Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists", Aaron J. Leonard author.

Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue:  Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore
Location:  2150 Bishop Street, Montreal, QC
Website:  http://www.co-opbookstore.ca
Phone:  514-848-7445
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Law Enforcement & Corrections; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Mar 25/2015
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Mar 25/2015
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members has taken on even greater importance in recent years, as attacks against the United Nations intensify. This is a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/detainedstaffday/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Mar 26/2015
Toronto, ON
Book Launch: "The Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists"
Book launch event for "The Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists", Aaron J. Leonard author.

Time:  7:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue:  Another Story Book Shop
Location:  315 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON
Website:  http://www.anotherstory.ca/
For information contact:  books@anotherstory.ca
Phone:  416-462-1104
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Law Enforcement & Corrections; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 4/2015
International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mineawarenessday/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 4/2015
The Landsberg Award (part of CFJ Awards)
Description: The Canadian Journalism Foundation supports and rewards excellence in Canadian journalism through its annual awards program and by supporting recognition programs run by other organizations. The recipients are presented their awards at the annual CJF Awards, held in June. The Landsberg Award celebrates a journalist who is raising awareness about women’s equality issues in Canada and aims to inspire an increase in the media coverage and voice of women in Canada.

Time:  Deadline for The Lansberg Award (parto of CFJ Awards)
Website:  http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards_landsberg
For information contact:  Natalie Turvey: nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca
Phone:  416-955-0394
Categories:   Awards, Scholarships, Prizes; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Women
Apr 6/2015
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to recognize the potential of sport to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, the Day underlines that sports can foster peace and can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding. For these reasons, states, the United Nations system and, in particular, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, relevant international organizations, and international, regional and national sports organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders are invited to cooperate, observe and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/sportday/
Categories:   Sports & Games
Apr 7/2015
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
The start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, 7 April, has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. On or around that date, the UN organized and participated in commemorative events in many countries, including in Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
The memorial ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York took place on 16 April.
The memorial ceremony was followed by the opening of an exhibit organized by the Government of Rwanda in the UN Visitors Centre.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/rwanda/commemoration/annualcommemoration.shtml
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal
Apr 7/2015
World Health Day 2015: Food safety
Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually - mostly children. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.
New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; changes to the environment; new and emerging pathogens; antimicrobial resistance - all pose challenges to national food safety systems. Increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood that contamination can spread internationally.
As our food supply becomes increasingly globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident. That is why the WHO is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate (and everywhere in between) on World Health Day, 7 April 2015.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2015/event/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Food & Beverage; Farming
Apr 11/2015
Hamilton, ON
Popular Culture, Media & Work
The McMaster Labour Studies Certificate program is intended to meet the educational goals of those wishing to pursue lifelong learning in a supportive and worker friendly environment. Courses are developed on principles of adult education currently practiced in unions. The learning process is based on a commitment to students and respect for prior knowledge, workplace experiences and activism.

Popular Culture, Media & Work
The mass media has a profound affect on how we see and understand the world. In this course we will examine how TV, movies and magazines shape our understandings of work and labour? We will also look at the new social media to see if and how they can be used to change these popular understandings.

Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location:  McMaster University, KTH 709, Hamilton, ON
Website:  http://www.labourstudies.mcmaster.ca/hdlc-mac-mohawk-certificates/Winter2015.pdf
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Arts & Culture; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Apr 13/2015
to Apr 19/2015
London, ON
The Deep Ecology of Forest Gardening
The Deep Ecology of Forest Gardening Workshop & 7-Day Immersion

Sustainability, Regeneration & Vision

Deep ecology is a new way of envisioning our relationship with the Earth - Forest Gardening is putting the vision into Action.

In this training we inform and engage you in creating ecologically sustainable gardens for human living and planetary sustainability, while deepening the experience of a truly human intimacy with the natural world.

Facilitators

Lorenna & Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. and Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera are founders and directors of The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute. Together they blend their over 40 years each, of experience to offer programs that support individuals in the practice of conscious living. Passionate, long-time gardeners, forest gardeners, permaculturists, herbalist and eco-spiritual guides,

Dates:
- June 13-14 (Weekend Workshop)
- June 13-19 (7-Day Immersion)

Venue:  The Living Centre
Location:  London, ON
Website:  http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/forest-gardening-deep-ecology
For information contact:  The Living Centre: info@ thelivingcentre.com
Phone:  519-652-9109
Categories:   Farming; Environment; Education
Apr 16/2015
to Apr 19/2015
Hamilton, ON
Ontario's Science Fiction and Fantasy Music Festival
FilKONtario is a festival of music that is inspired by fantasy, science fiction, anime, gaming, computers, space, and many others. The musical influences run from trad folk to last week's chart-topper. Every year we spend a weekend in a hotel in Mississauga singing, listening, making friends and having a great deal of fun.

Location:  Hamilton, ON
Website:  http://www.filkontario.ca/index.html
For information contact:  fkoconcom@gmail.com
Categories:   Music; Children & Youth; Food & Beverage
Apr 22/2015
International Mother Earth Day
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.
Earth Day will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world's population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/
Categories:   Environment
Apr 22/2015
Collingwood, ON
Just Eat It! Be the Change Film + Discussion Series
Just Eat It!
April 22, 2015 (Earth Day Celebration)
Musical Guest: Bambalamb Kidd
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue with devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.
Admission - $8.00 at the door
Doors Open 6:30pm
Musical Guests: 6:30pm
Film Presentation: 7:15pm

Time:  7:15pm
Venue:  The Gayety Theatre
Location:  161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON
Website:  http://www.elephantthoughts.com/be-the-change-film-series/
For information contact:  inquiries@elephantthoughts.com
Phone:  705-444-2012
Categories:   Environment; Food & Beverage; Farming
Apr 23/2015
Toronto, ON
Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict
Space is limited to 40 attendees.
Reserve your spot and
take advantage of special rates!

"The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. By choosing dignity as a way of life, we open the way to greater peace within ourselves and to a safer and more humane world for allÂ… dignity is a motivating force behind all human interaction - in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level. When dignity is violated, the response is likely to involve aggression, even violence, hatred, and vengeance. On the other hand, when people treat one another with dignity, they become more connected and are able to create more meaningful relationshipsÂ…"
Donna Hicks, PhD, author
"Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict"

Join Dr. Hicks for this one-day session and leave with:
- a solid understanding of the dignity model;
- the dignity model as a framework for understanding conflict - what the elements are, and how to recognize dignity violations;
- how to respond when we are not treated with dignity;
- what reconciling dignity looks like;
- how dignity can repair, restore and strengthen a broken relationship.

Schedule
8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am Program begins
10:45am Refreshment break (15 minutes)
12:30pm Networking Lunch
2:30pm Refreshment break (15 minutes)
4:00pm Program End

Rates
Advance (Before February 1)
Member rate - $389 (plus applicable tax)
Non-Members - $425 (plus applicable tax)

Time:  9AM to 4PM
Venue:  Toronto Novotel
Location:  45 Esplanade, Toronto, ON
Website:  http://adrcanada.secure.force.com/MN4__PublicEventRegistration?id=a0SG000000LiGNJMA3
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Skills & Training
Apr 25/2015
World Malaria Day
The global campaign theme for 2013 and the coming years is Invest in the future. Defeat malaria. World Malaria Day was instituted by WHO Member States during the 2007 World Health Assembly. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. It is also an opportunity for new donors to join the global malaria partnership, and for research and academic institutions to showcase their scientific work.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2013/en/
Categories:   Health/Health Care
Apr 27/2015
to Apr 28/2015
Vancouver, BC
Wind Energy Conference: CanWEA Western Forum
CanWEA Western Forum 2015

Join us in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 27 & 28, 2015 to explore the political, economic, social and environmental contexts for continued development of the wind energy industry in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Forum sessions will provide perspectives from a broad range of stakeholders on achievements, business prospects and the winning conditions for sustainable growth of the wind energy industry in Western Canada.

Come and network with the wind energy industry at Western Canada's premier wind energy event.

Venue:  Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Pinnacle Ballroom
Location:  1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:  http://canwea.ca/canwea-western-forum/
For information contact:  events@canwea.ca
Phone:  613-234-8716
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Business & Economics
Apr 28/2015
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.
28 April has also for long been associated with the world's trade union movement's commemoration of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases.
As every year, the ILO Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment prepared a report to serve as a background to the theme, a poster and other promotional material for the occasion. This report for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work outlines the current situation concerning occupational diseases and presents proposals for addressing this serious Decent Work deficit.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/safeworkday/
Categories:   Security; Health/Health Care; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Apr 29/2015
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The Conference of the States Parties at its Tenth Session PDF (paragraph 23.3 of C-10/5, dated 11 November 2005) decided that a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare would be observed on 29 April each year - the date in 1997 on which the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force.

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

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/chemwarfareday/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Security; Military
May 3/2015
World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:

--> celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
--> assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
--> defend the media from attacks on their independence;
--> pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 8/2015
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
UN General Assembly declared 8 - 9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and, while recognizing that Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

The Assembly stressed that this historic event established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations, designed to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and called upon the Member States of the United Nations to unite their efforts in dealing with new challenges and threats, with the United Nations playing a central role, and to make every effort to settle all disputes by peaceful means in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and in such a manner that international peace and security are not endangered.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/remembranceday/
Categories:   International; Military
May 8/2015
to May 10/2015
Denver
Rocky Mountain Poly Living
Bringing together the people who love more.

Location:  Denver
Website:  http://www.lovemore.com/conferences/polyliving/pl-denver-2014/attachment/2015denverbannerrm/
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Sexuality
May 9/2015
World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.

Website:  http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2014/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Ite
Categories:   Animals & Pets; Environment; Nature & Outdoors
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/
Categories:   Arts & Culture
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/biodiversityday/
Categories:   Environment; Nature & Outdoors
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endfistuladay/
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Women
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonselfgoverning/index.shtml
Categories:   International; Human Rights, Law, Legal
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
Website:  http://congress2015.ca/home
For information contact:  congress@ideas-idees.ca
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.

Website:  http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/
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
Website:  http://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/Conference/CAGBC/Conference/Building_Lasting_Change_2015.aspx
For information contact:  info@cagbc.org
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
Website:  http://conferences.uvic.ca/index.php/sss/sss2015
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
Website:  http://www.anser-ares.ca/conference.php
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).

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childvictimday/
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.

Website:  http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.VJpUY14ECA
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childlabourday/
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.

Website:  http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2014/en/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/elderabuse/
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
Website:  http://csop.cmu.ca/
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
Website:  http://www.freespiritgathering.org/
For information contact:  http://www.free-spirit.org/contacts.php
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/desertificationday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/widowsday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/cooperativesday/
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
Website:  http://icepr.org
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
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.

Website:  http://www.who.int/csr/disease/hepatitis/world_hepatitis_day/en/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/
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."

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/index.shtml
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.

Website:  http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/news_events/events/2013/world_breastfeeding_wee
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/
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.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/inter
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/
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

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
Categories:   Education
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
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
Website:  http://icce2015.iaemm.com/Home.php
For information contact:  ICCE2015@iaemm.com
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/
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
Website:  http://www.chfa.ca/tradeshows/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nuclearweaponelimination/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/
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".

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/index.shtml
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
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.

Website:  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/internationa
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
Website:  http://www.sej.org/initiatives/sej-annual-conferences/AC2015-main
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/
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.

Website:  http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disarmamentweek/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/journalists/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/week.shtml
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/index.shtml
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 30/2015
to Dec 11/2015
Paris
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
Website:  http://www.unfccc.int
For information contact:  UNFCCC Secretariat - : secretariat (at) unfccc.int
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
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:  http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/
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 www.britkid.org, 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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/
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.

Website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/
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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