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Date/Location Event/Organization
Apr 22/2016
Toronto, ON
Book Launch - Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism
"Change the structures of our social system, not our light bulbs"

A new generation of activists working for economic and environmental justice, and against war and poverty, confronts critical questions. Why is the world so unjust and crisis-prone? What kind of world should we fight for? How can we win?

Umair Muhammad argues that hope for the future lies in a radical expansion of democracy and the transformation of the economy and the change in structures of our social system, not our light bulbs. Confronting Injustice seeks to expose the structural roots of the injustices we must confront, and outlines an approach to activism that transcends the hopeless individualism of our time.

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Law Enforcement & Corrections; Social Policy
Apr 22/2016
London, ON
Cinema Politica London and The Circle Women's Collective present Hands On: Women, Climate Change
HANDS ON profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. The film powerfully demonstrates how women are transferring knowledge and local networks into hands-on strategies.

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Brescia University College
Location:  1285 Western Road, London, ON
Categories:   Women; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Politics & Political Organizations
Apr 22/2016
Richmond, BC
Earth Day Web Conference: Climate Change & Resource Management
The Earth Day Conference 'Turning a New Leaf' will feature presentations and panel discussions on recent developments and new expectations impacting natural resource and environmental professionals.

Specific topics include climate change, federal science policy, stewardship, and collaborative resource management. Registration for a live online webcast is available for those who are unable to travel to the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in person.

For more information or to register visit:

Time:  9:00 AM
Venue:  Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Location:  7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
For information contact:  Rebecca Mersereau -
Phone:  2503833306
Categories:   Environment; Management
Apr 22/2016
Summerland, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  6:30 pm
Venue:  Summerland United Church
Location:  13204 Henry Rd., Summerland, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Apr 22/2016
Kelowna, BC
Fractured Land Screening
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis have been following Caleb for four years, capturing hundreds of hours of footage of his development, through law school, sharing knowledge with other Indigenous peoples, speaking to larger and larger audiences, dealing with deep community divisions, and building a movement.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  Okanagan College Theatre
Location:  KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Environment
Apr 22/2016
International Mother Earth Day
The world has been slow to respond to the emergencies posed by global warming and the damage human activities are causing the planet. In 1972, the United Nations organized the first UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm. It marked the beginning of a global awareness of the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species, and our planet.
International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. It honors the Earth as a whole and our place within it. It does not seek to replace other events, such as Earth Day, which has been celebrated by many people around the world on 22 March since the 1970s, but rather to reinforce and reinterpret them based on the evolving challenges we face.

Categories:   International; Environment; Education
Apr 22/2016
Toronto, ON
Rebel Films presents Ukraine, Masks of the Revolution
In February 2014, paramilitary groups fought against the police in the streets of Kiev and ousted President Yanukovych. They imposed a new government. According to western media, they were heroes. But they are actually extreme-right militias, heavily armed. The Right Sector, Azov or Svoboda created parallel irregular forces that easily got out of control. In Odessa, in May 2014, they were responsible for a mass killing without facing any charges. 45 people burnt to death. Why have western democracies not raised a voice in protest? Is it because these Ukrainian nationalist militias actually played a significant role in a larger war. The Ukrainian revolution was strongly supported by US diplomacy. In the new cold war that pits Russia against the USA, Ukraine is in contention. This film by Paul Moreira sheds light on this dark corner of world politics.

To lead off the discussion is Konstantin Goulich, a long time observer of political events in Russia, Ukraine and the former Soviet Union.

Time:  7 pm
Location:  252 Bloor Street West,Room 5-260, Toronto, ON
Categories:   International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Apr 22/2016
to Apr 23/2016
Toronto, ON
Marxism 2016: Ideas for real change
Refugees, racism and resistance - Costas Pittas from Greece, Turkish socialist
The Spanish Civil War, Disability rights & physician assisted dying
How do we get 'real change'?
50 years since the Black Panther Party - Norman Otis Richmond, Ali Awali
What do we mean by socialism? - Brian Champ
Spirit of 46: The Stelco strike - Evan Johnston
Why is there endless war? - Sid Lacombe

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Multifaith Centre at University of Toronto
Location:  569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Economic Development
Apr 23/2016
Prince Albert, SK
Crisis of Civilization: Movie Night (Earth Day)
7:00 p.m. John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, 125 12 St E.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event!

Co-sponsored by Prince Albert chapter of the Council of Canadians and Cinema Politica.

Find out more about the films at

Released in 2011, The Crisis of Civilization (IMDB) is a documentary film directed by Dean Puckett and written by Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed. The latter also penned A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, a book that served as the primary source material.

Time:  19:00
Venue:  John M. Cuelenaere Public Library
Location:  125 12 St E, Prince Albert, SK
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Politics & Political Organizations
Apr 24/2016
to Apr 30/2016
World Immunization Week [WHO]
A global collaborative drive for immunization, begun in the mid-1970s - with the establishment of the Expanded Programme on Immunization in all countries - achieved dramatic results, raising vaccination levels from as low as 5% to more than 80% in many countries by 2013. WHO estimates that today immunizations prevent between 2 and 3 million deaths annually and protect many more people from illness and disability.
Although progress has stalled in recent years, this early success demonstrates the potential of vaccines, which are increasingly being extended from children to adolescents and adults, providing protection against diseases such as influenza, meningitis and cervical and liver cancers.

Categories:   International; Health/Health Care; Social Services
Apr 25/2016
Toronto, ON
Making Sense of Politics
Inaugural Politics Emeritus Lecture: Making Sense of Politics: Optimism of the Intellect

Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy from 2001 to 2015 and Distinguished Research Professor at York University.

Time:  4 pm - 6 pm
Venue:  Moot Court, Osgoode Hall, York University
Location:  4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Economic Development
Apr 25/2016
World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day: call to close gaps in prevention and treatment to defeat malaria
WHO is calling on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year.
“As we celebrate World Malaria Day on April 25, we must recognize the urgent need to expand prevention measures and quality-assured diagnostic testing and treatment to reduce the human suffering caused by malaria,” says Dr Hiroki Nakatani, WHO Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Categories:   International; Health/Health Care; Social Services
Apr 27/2016
Toronto, ON
Chernobyl: Conversations and Children - 30 Years Later
Screening the 2014 Japanese documentary Children Of Chernobyl 28 Years Later followed by speakers sharing their stories and talking about continuing and substantial decontamination and health care costs.

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Environment; Health/Health Care; International
Apr 28/2016
Toronto, ON
Ken O'Keefe: Unscripted and Uncensored
Talk by the ex-U.S. marine turned human rights activist.

More info on his Toronto speaking events at

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Social Policy
Apr 28/2016
Toronto, ON
Should government help the news media out of its current slump?
As newsrooms close or shrink across the country, there are calls for government to subsidize the news media. Is this the proper role for government? Are there ways the government should help that do not involve cash? Does government even have the power to lean against global trends in the digital era?

This event compliments the recent report by award-winning journalist Madelaine Drohan, the Public Policy Forum 2015 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow, Does Serious Journalism have a Future in Canada?

Join us for a debate among a panel of prominent journalists about what governments should be doing about the crisis in the media world.

Time:  3 pm - 5 pm
Venue:  Munk School of Global Affairs UOFT
Location:  1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Economic Development; Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language
Apr 28/2016
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.
A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

Categories:   International; Labour, Workplace, Unions; Security
Apr 29/2016
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The Conference of the States Parties at its Tenth Session (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.

Categories:   International; Security
Apr 29/2016
to May 1/2016
Tobermory, ON
Peoples of the Great Arc: Two Ways of Knowing
The topic for Forum 2016 is part of a series of explorations on the human history of the Bruce Peninsula and the Niagara Escarpment (the Great Arc as it extends through Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin). Field trips, workshops, presentations and speakers will focus on the human development of the area following the last ice ages until European settlement. Evidence will come from archaeological findings and First Nations traditional knowledge. Sunday morning's session will be an open community event to discuss the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Venue:  Tobermory Community Centre
Location:  7420 6 Hwy, Tobermory, ON
For information contact:  Graham Draper
Phone:  647 295 2313
Categories:   Environment; Native Peoples; Nature & Outdoors
Apr 30/2016
Toronto, ON
Terror & the Art of Resistance
"We won't allow Canada to become a place of refuge for terrorists, thugs, [and] snakeheads."

Join a discussion about art, resistance, and national security. From Bill C-51 to police carding, from the Ocean Lady to indefinite detention, we'll be talking with community advocates and lawyers about what it feels like to be the subject of state terror.

This event is part of Critical Mass Series: Conversations We Can't Have in Tamil. Organized by the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law and Critical Mass Series. For financial support, we thank the University of Toronto for its Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant.

Time:  1 pm - 3 pm
Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Arts & Culture
May 1/2016
May Day - International Workers' Day
May Day has been celebrated as a spring festival in the northern hemisphere since ancient times. It was associated with Walpurgis Night celebrations in Germanic countries, with the Roman festival for the goddess Flora, and with the Gaelic Beltane.

Its origins as International Workers’ Day grew out of the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, when a bomb was thrown at police at a rally for the eight-hour day, an act for which four anarchists who were present in the crowd are subsequently hanged. The execution of the four men despite the lack of any evidence linking them to the bombing causes international outrage.

In 1889 the founding conference of the Socialist International called for international demonstrations on May 1, 1890 to commemorate the Haymarket Affair.

The event drew large crowds in several countries, and became an annual affair, as workers in countries around the world began to mark May Day as International Workers' Day. Governments and employers often resisted the recognition of May Day as a holiday, and early May Day marches were frequently attacked by police. In the United States and Canada, governments declared the first Monday in September as a "Labour Day" holiday in order to undermine May Day. In many other countries, workers eventually succeeded in having May Day made an official holiday.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Labour, Workplace, Unions
May 1/2016
Ottawa, ON
May Day 2016 - Ottawa: Fight for $15 and Fairness
Rally, March, & Public Forum

May Day 2016 is the fifth annual protest organized by Solidarity Against Austerity for International Workers' Day.

RALLY & MARCH: Gather at 2pm, Sunday, May 1 at the Human Rights Monument, Elgin & Lisgar.

FORUM: 3pm, Sunday, May 1. 233 Gilmour, at Metcalfe.

Venue:  Human Rights Monument
Location:  233 Gilmour, at Metcalfe, Ottawa, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 1/2016
to May 22/2016
Toronto, ON
Photography Exhibition: In/visible Scars - Torture Survivors in Canada
The exhibition tells the story of eight people who now call Canada home. They hail from around the world, have all experienced the horror and devastation that torture wreaks on individuals and families, and have undergone the transformation from victim to survivor to activist. It highlights the role Canada should be playing to prevent more people from enduring unspeakable torture, and cause Canadians to join torture survivors and take action in support of Canada joining the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

Venue:  Beit Zatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Arts & Culture
May 3/2016
Prince Albert, SK
Land Rush - Prince Albert: Movie Night
75% of Mali's population are farmers, but rich, land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali's land in order to turn large areas into agribusiness farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. As Mali experiences a military coup, the developers are scared off - but can Mali's farmers combat food shortages and escape poverty on their own terms?

For 20 years, the hunger crisis seemed to be under control. But by 2008, prices had increased, and the African continent had become a playground for foreign investors. This investigative documentary focuses on Sosumar, a huge project that has the Malian government collaborating with a large group of foreign investors.

Time:  7:00 pm
Venue:  John M. Cuelenaere Public Library
Location:  125 12 St E., Prince Albert, SK
Categories:   Farming; Food & Beverage; International
May 3/2016
World Press Freedom Day
Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organizing the main event in different parts of world every year.
The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

Categories:   Publishers & Publishing; International
May 5/2016
London, ON
Cinema Politica London presents Health Factory
A documentary that explores the pitfalls of health care privatization in Norway.

Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  London Public Library, Central Branch
Location:  251 Dundas Street, London, ON
Categories:   Health/Health Care; Politics & Political Organizations; Social Policy
May 7/2016
Right To Breathe Mobilization
For decades, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery has been making people sick. On May 7th, we will reclaim our Right to Breathe. Philadelphia Energy Solutions and other oil and gas companies are poisoning us now -- we won't take any more. All across the world, people are standing up for healthy communities and a livable planet. Will you join the fight for climate justice in Philadelphia?

Take the pledge to join us in Philadelphia on May 7th and demand our #RightToBreathe.

The Right to Breathe mobilization is being convened by Philly Thrive and ACTION United.

Location:  Philladelphia
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 7/2016
to May 15/2016
Global Wave Of Resistance To Keep Coal, Oil, Gas In The Ground
From 7- 15 May, 2016 we are mobilising to keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a sustainable future for all.

Time:  N/A
For information contact:
Categories:   Environment; Mining & Petroleum
May 8/2016
to May 9/2016
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
By resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004, the UN General Assembly declared 8-9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and, while recognizing that Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

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.

On 2 March 2010, by resolution 64/257, the General Assembly invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War.

Categories:   International; Military
May 10/2016
Toronto, ON
The North American Nakba Tour 2016 - The Exiled Palestinians
Stateless Palestinians from Refugee Camps in Lebanon tell their story of The Nakba. This event is presented by Palestinian Canadian Congress, a nonprofit Canadian organization that advocates for the interest of Palestinian Canadians. The tour is a cooperation of the Free Palestine Movement, International Solidarity Movement-Northern California and al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beitzatoun
Location:  612 Markham St, Toronto, ON
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal
May 10/2016
to May 13/2016
Bern, CH
Bern: Maude Barlow speaking at the IASC Conference on Commons
Maude Barlow will present at the IASC Regional European Conference

Time:  9:00 pm
Venue:  University of Bern
Location:  Main Building, Hochschulstrasse, 3012 Bern, Bern, CH
Categories:   Education; Environment; International
May 12/2016
to May 14/2016
Quebec City, QC
Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) conference 2016
If you’re responsible for your union’s communications, you do not want to miss this conference. CALM is the only organization that brings labour communicators together, across unions, regions and sectors, to strategize and learn about how to improve labour communications. To get a sense of what to expect at a CALM conference, please see last year’s conference schedule. If you can’t access the document because you aren’t a CALM member, please email for more information.

This year, we're working on confirming the following workshops:

Intro to social media
Making video
Website building & hosting- the basics
Basic analytics
Sticking to the message - interview techniques
Increasing social media presence
Video editing
Website building
Analytics that are actually useful
How to work with journalists
Coding and intricacies of Drupal & Wordpress
The cutting edge of analytics
Paid promotions in social media

There will also be a stream of French workshops, to be announced soon (également disponible en français)

Venue:  Delta Hotel
Location:  690 Boulevard René Lévesque East, Quebec City, QC
Categories:   Labour, Workplace, Unions
May 14/2016
to May 15/2016
World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year, on the second weekend in May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programs, exhibitions and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD. However, countries or regions observing the peak of migrations at other times of the year are encouraged to celebrate WMBD when it is most appropriate for them.
When expanding energy production, transition to wildlife-friendly methods is a key step to protect life on the Earth. The conservation of migratory birds needs to be considered in all phases of energy development at multiple levels - locally, nationally and internationally. Therefore, concerted conservation actions by governments, nature conservation organizations, scientists and the energy sector as well as the general public are necessary. This way the benefits of sustainable energy can be realized without the risk of harming migratory birds and their habitats.

World Migratory Bird Day 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary year of AEWA- the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds whose Secretariat together with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) are the organizational drivers for this unique campaign.

Categories:   Environment; Animals & Pets
May 15/2016
International Day of Families
The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

The International Day of Families has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, that day provides an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families. Activities include workshops and conferences, radio and television programmes, newspaper articles and cultural programmes highlighting relevant themes.

The 2015 observance of the International Day of Families aims to promote gender equality and rights of children within families. It will also highlight prevention of family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of programme interventions.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Women
May 15/2016
to May 22/2016
Washingon, DC
Rubber Stamp Rebellion
On May 15 - 22, in Washington, DC, and elsewhere where people are fighting fracking and fracking infrastructure, BXE and our allies will take coordinated action for the Rubber Stamp Rebellion. We will say to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):

Stop rubber-stamping gas industry permit applications and change the way you operate. Prioritize the emergence of wind, solar and other renewables above fossil fuels. We say: No New Permits!

Location:  Washingon, DC
Categories:   Environment; Economic Development; Mining & Petroleum
May 18/2016
Toronto, ON
Film: Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart
Amnesty International Toronto's Group 18, Iran Action Circle and Film Team invite you to the screening of Rosewater, the feature-film writing and directing debut of former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. Based on the thrilling true-life story of Maziar Bahari, Rosewater follows the Tehran-born, Canadian-based Bahari as the journalist returns to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country's contentious 2009 presidential election. As Mousavi's supporters were protesting Ahmadinejad's victory declaration even before the polls closed, Bahari was arrested by police led by a man known only as "Rosewater."

Time:  6:30 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Beitzatoun
Location:  612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
For information contact:
Phone:  647-726-9500
Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Politics & Political Organizations
May 19/2016
Toronto, ON
George Elliott Clarke Speaks at The 4th Annual Tommy Douglas Institute - Canada: A Different Story
The 4th annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College is pleased to announce Canada's 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke as its keynote speaker for Canada: A Different Story. Coming out of one of the longest and most dramatic federal elections in recent memory and heading toward the nation's 150th anniversary in 2017, the story of Canada is once again a topic of national conversation.

Time:  9:30 am - 4: 30 pm
Venue:  Tommy Douglas Institute
Location:  290 Adelaide St. E. 4th Floor, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Resh Budhu
Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Government & Public Sector
May 19/2016
Bay area San Francisco
May 19: Resist Climate Change
How can the knowledge and skills developed to nonviolently confront dictatorships and other systems of oppression be used to confront the industries and power centers fueling climate change?

For the first time, Albert Einstein Institution will present to strategists from climate change movements the fundamentals of power analysis and the strategic planning tools necessary for creating a grand strategy. This approach is drawn from decades of research on nonviolent confrontation of dictatorships and repressive regimes.

Note: AEI presenters are experts on nonviolent action, not climate change nor will they be planning, organizing or conducting actions related to this issue.!summit/fxlaj

Time:  7:00 pm
Location:  Bay area San Francisco
For information contact:
Categories:   Environment; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 21/2016
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.

The 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue will take place in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, from 18 to 19 May 2015 on the theme: “Sharing Culture for a Shared Security". The Forum is organized in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the World Tourism Organization, the Council of Europe and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

In 2011, a grassroots campaign ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’, celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

By encouraging people and organizations from around the world to take concrete action to support diversity, the campaign aims:

To raise awareness worldwide about the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion.
To build a world community of individuals committed to support diversity with real and every-day-life gestures.
To combat polarization and stereotypes to improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures.

Categories:   Arts & Culture; Tourism & Hospitality Industry
May 22/2016
International Day for Biological Diversity
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, 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. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

Categories:   Environment; Farming; Biotechnology
May 23/2016
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.

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

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

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.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; Women
May 25/2016
to May 26/2016
Cornwall, ON
Great Nations, Great River: Collective Efforts to Engage Communities through Science and Action
The 2016 Great Nations, Great River Symposium provides a platform for researchers, educators, policy-makers, community leaders and citizens to share knowledge about the status of the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes and other freshwater ecosystems and their responses to changing conditions. A focus this year will be sharing knowledge about how the research and environmental community can empower communities to protect water, restore wetlands, improve beaches, enhance understanding and consider adaptive management practices.

Scientific presentations and community involvement sessions will address current topics important to all freshwater ecosystems and of immediate concern for the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes, e.g. climate change and adaptation, sewage discharge, emergency response, energy and pipelines, nuisance and harmful algae, invasive species, water quality and contamination. The underlying themes of community engagement, public education, awareness, communications, and citizen involvement will weave through all sessions and exhibits, with plenty of opportunity for networking, discussion, and collaborative planning.

Venue:  St. Lawrence Power Development Visitors Centre
Location:  2500B Second Street West, Cornwall, ON
For information contact:  Christina Collard
Phone:  613 936 6620 ext 222
Categories:   Education; Environment
May 27/2016
CBC Ideas presents Imprisoned by Profit: Media and Democracy with Palagummi Sainath
A tour of ten drought-stricken states in India transformed Sainath - a devastating situation mostly ignored by his fellow journalists. "I felt that if the Indian Press was covering the top 5 percent, I should cover the bottom 5 per cent." He also believes the media around the world is, for the most part, imprisoned by profit and not politically free.

Listen on CBC Radio One and SiriusXM Channel 169

Time:  9 pm - 10 pm
Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
May 27/2016
to May 30/2016
Logan, Ohio 43138
Heartwood Forest Council Camp 2016
Buckeye Forest Council is hosting the Heartwood Forest Council for 2016 at Camp Otterbein in Logan, Ohio (Columbus/Athens area)

Heartwood is excited to bring you a program full of fun, education and plenty of opportunities to network in a great atmosphere. Our keynote speaker is Eleanor Goldfield, an Occupy activist, artist, poet, and musician who specializes in speaking truth to Power.

Along with other activists from across the region, we have a program that’s sure to fuel your passion for protecting the place you love. There are tracks for hands on learning, enviro-geeks and exploring being an expressionistic activist, as well as an allied medic training.

Entertainment includes Bright At Night, Boys of the Hock, Bob Lucas and Granny D. Let’s not forget, food, the most important aspect of the weekend will be led by Chef Shane McElwee and cohort Mia.

Venue:  Camp Otterbein
Location:  15779 Cox Road, Logan, Ohio 43138
For information contact:
Phone:  812-307-4326
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Nature & Outdoors; Education
May 29/2016
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
Since its beginning in 1948, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved into one of the main tools used by the international community to manage complex crises that threaten international peace and security. Throughout its history, the United Nations has established a total of 71 peacekeeping operations. More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as UN peacekeepers, including 125,000 in the sixteen missions in operation today.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, which is commemorated each year on the 29th of May, is an occasion to salute the peacekeepers of today who serve in some of the world's most volatile and dangerous environments. This Day is also a time to mourn fallen peacekeepers. During its history, more than 3,300 "Blue Helmets" have died devoting their lives to peace, including 126 men and women in 2014.

In the words of the Secretary-General: In a message to mark the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter's aim "to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security". Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands."

Categories:   Military; International; Law Enforcement & Corrections
May 31/2016
London, ON
What's On Your Plate? Food and Trade Symposium
Featuring federal miscrobiologist Dr. Shiv Chopra who blew the whistle on Bovine Growth Hormones in milk, this event includes speakers, stories, music and a Q&A

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:  Wolfe Performance Hall
Location:  251 Dundas Street, London, ON
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Health/Health Care
May 31/2016
World No-Tobacco Day [WHO]
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 1/2016
Global Day of Parents
The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honours parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

In its resolution, the General Assembly also noted that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

The resolution recognizes the role of parents in the rearing of children and invites the Member States to celebrate the Day in full partnership with civil society, particularly involving young people and children.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jun 1/2016
to Jun 2/2016
Calgary, AB
CAWLS 3rd Annual Conference
CAWLS 3rd Annual Conference will be held 1-2 June 2016, at the University of Calgary, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Venue:  University of Calgary
Location:  2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB
Categories:   Education; Labour, Workplace, Unions
Jun 4/2016
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8).

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

Categories:   Children & Youth; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 5/2016
World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponentially positive impact on the planet.

Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 8/2016
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every 8 June since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. Since then it has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project with greater success and global participation each year.


World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honour the world's oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species.

The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting WOD since 2003 with its network of over 1,600 ocean conservation organizations and others throughout the world. Events performed for WOD and awareness includes beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.

Categories:   Environment; International
Jun 12/2016
World Day Against Child Labour
The World Day Against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization (ILO) sanctioned holiday first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. It was spurred by ratifications of ILO Convention No. 138 on the minimum age for employment and ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour.

The World Day Against Child Labour, which is held every year on June 12, is intended to foster the worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms.

Categories:   Children & Youth; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 13/2016
International Albinism Awareness Day
People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.

In some communities, erroneous beliefs and myths, heavily influenced by superstition, put the security and lives of persons with albinism at constant risk. These beliefs and myths are centuries old and are present in cultural attitudes and practices around the world.

On 18 December 2014, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day.

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in 2013 calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. Moreover, in response to the call from civil society organizations advocating to consider persons with albinism as a specific group with particular needs that require special attention, on 26 March 2015, the Council created the mandate of Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 13/2016
to Jun 17/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Peace Skills Practice
Join us for "Peace Skills Practice" at the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding with instructor Natasha Mohammed. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit. Throughout this course participants will examine a variety of approaches to dealing with conflict in diverse locations such as: first party conflicts (responding to your own conflicts), third party conflicts (helping others in conflict) and learning to recognize the cultural elements of conflict resolution (moving beyond your own culture). Students will practice the role of the peacebuilder in situations when gossip, venting, and advice-seeking is being experienced.

Venue:  Canadian Mennonite University
Location:  500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Education; Religious; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 13/2016
to Jun 17/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Reconciling Our Future: Stories of Kanata and Canada
Join us for "Reconciling Our Future: Stories of Kanata and Canada" at the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding with instructor Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit.While Canada has become a great nation-state, it has not yet come close to the original Iroquoian word Kanata, a "village." This is embodied in the recorded words and actions of Indigenous peoples throughout history, who have struggled for over two centuries to have their voices and gifts heard in history books, governmental policies, and the well-respected stories of this nation. The original foundations of Kanata are, however, there if we look, listen, and dialogue about what we see. In this course we will look at how Indigenous peoples have shaped Canada politically, socially, culturally, and economically – while providing unique, sustainable, and bountiful visions of a future for all.

Venue:  Canadian Mennonite University
Location:  500 Shaftesbury BLVD, Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Education; Native Peoples
Jun 13/2016
to Jun 17/2016
Winnipeg, MB
The Biblical Story of Hope and Healing
Join us for "The Biblical Story of Hope and Healing" at the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding with instructor Dan Epp-Tiessen. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit. In order to face the challenges of our world, peacemakers must be people of hope. This course will explore the biblical story of healing and hope, focussing on how this story can nurture a spirituality and faith that are personally transformative and empower Christians to be agents of God's healing power in a hurting world. The course will examine biblical themes such as God as creator, prophetic visions of hope, God's reign/kingdom as initiated by Jesus, resurrection, and God's sustaining presence in human life, always asking how these biblical resources can be empowering for the challenges of peacemaking, justice work, and creation care.

Venue:  Canadian Mennonite University
Location:  500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Education; Human Rights, Law, Legal
Jun 14/2016
World Blood Donor Day [WHO]
Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 14/2016
to Jun 19/2016
Free Spirit Gathering
Please join us at Free Spirit Gathering: A Sacred, Family-Friendly Midsummer Festival.

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.


To make a community, see old friends, make new friends, learn things, teach things, make things, relax, celebrate, drum, dance, nap, swim, meditate, walk the labyrinth...

Venue:  Ramblewood Retreat Center in northern Maryland.
Categories:   Religious; Nature & Outdoors
Jun 15/2016
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Around 4 to 6 percent of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

The United Nations General Assembly, 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.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International; Seniors
Jun 17/2016
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each June 17. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from the drought. Each annual celebration has a different theme.

This day was proclaimed on January 30, 1995, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/49/115.[

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jun 20/2016
World Refugee Day
For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries.

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

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

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jun 20/2016
to Jun 24/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Peace Building Through Community Development
Join us for "Peace Building Through Community Development" at the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding with instructors Michael Bopp and Judie Bopp. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit. This course will provide an overview of the development field, emphasizing approaches to development that are based in holistic, culturally-centered, and participatory approaches. Effective practice models and strategies will be drawn from the presenters' work in over twenty countries around the world and more than a dozen Canadian First Nations. Case studies from the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs' Forum in Ontario and the Himat Indigenous Leadership and Development Program in northern Pakistan will be examined.

Venue:  Canadian Mennonite University
Location:  500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Education; Native Peoples; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 23/2016
International Widows' Day
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.

Yet abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.

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.

Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jun 26/2016
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Jul 1/2016
to Jul 3/2016
Canso, NS
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, informally known as Stanfest, is an annual three-day music festival held in Canso, Nova Scotia.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Canso, NS
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 2/2016
International Day of Cooperatives
International Co-operative Day is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance.

On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in resolution 47/90 "the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance."Since 1995 the United Nations' International Day of Co-operatives has been observed jointly alongside International Co-operative Day.

Co-operatives around the world celebrate the day in various fashions and each year the organising institutions agree on a theme for the celebrations. The 2010 theme was Cooperative Enterprise Empowers Women, to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Categories:   Economic Development; Investment, Finance, Insurance; International
Jul 4/2016
to Jul 17/2016
Ottawa, ON
Music and Beyond
Music and Beyond is a Canadian summer music festival, featuring classical music in its varying formations (orchestras, choirs, bands, baroque groups and small ensembles) as well as a spectrum of art forms and cultural disciplines (visual art, drama, film, poetry, dance, architecture, science, yoga, tai chi, food and wine). Music and Beyond is also a not-for-profit organization with charitable status.

Time:  14 days
Location:  Ottawa, ON
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 7/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a summer folk music festival held in Birds Hill Provincial Park, near Winnipeg, Manitoba. It features a variety of folk artists from around the world, as well as a number of local artists.

Time:  4 days
Location:  Winnipeg, MB
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 8/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Antigonish, NS
Evolve Festival
Evolve Festival is an annual music and cultural festival near Antigonish, dedicated to the promotion of sustainable living and environmental awareness. The festival uses renewable energy sources, recycled and biodegradable products and endeavours to limit solid waste. In 2010, Evolve Festival won the CBC Radio 3 contest vote for "Best Festival In Canada".

Time:  3 days
Location:  Antigonish, NS
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture; Environment
Jul 8/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Greater Sudbury, ON
Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Northern Lights Festival Boréal is an annual folk festival in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's oldest music festival, in continuous operation since 1972.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Greater Sudbury, ON
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 8/2016
to Jul 10/2016
Washington, DC
Save Our Schools Coalition for Action
SOS, BATs, UOO, NPE, NCUEA, CELT, NEA BAT Caucus, and The Opt Out Florida Network are working with numerous organizations to build a broad coalition of like-minded people - from all walks of life and with diverse causes - to speak and march in solidarity once more. We envision bold actions and expressions of resistance for children and adults alike, which foster awareness and camaraderie in the movement.

Time:  TBD
Venue:  TBD
Location:  TBD, Washington, DC
For information contact:  Bob George/
Categories:   Education; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 15/2016
to Jul 17/2016
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF), founded in 1978, is an outdoor multistage music festival, located at Jericho Beach Park on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia. It takes place annually, on the third weekend of July.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Jul 15/2016
to Jul 18/2016
Cleveland, Ohio
End Poverty Now March For Economic Justice
Cleveland will be hosting the 2016 convention of the Republican Party for four days beginning Monday, July 18, 2016. Northeast Ohio is one of the most segregated regions in the country, while its largest city, Cleveland, is one of the poorest. Cleveland will be holding a celebration for a political party that has distinguished itself over the past generation by rolling back the gains of the Civil Rights and anti-poverty movements of the past, and has done everything in its power to defund and disempower residents of Cleveland and residents across the United States.

Location:  Cleveland, Ohio
Categories:   Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Jul 18/2016
Nelson Mandela International Day
Take Action! Inspire Change

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.

How the Day came about

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Jul 27/2016
to Jul 28/2016
Luebeck, Germany
8th International Congress of Environmental Research
Environmental research, planning and management
To provide a platform to academicians, professionals, industrialists, environmentalists, researchers and activist from all over the world for interaction and exchanging their views in order to enhance their knowledge in the field of environment.

For more information:
Contact Name: Professor Dr. Subhash C. Pandey
Phone: 919826713114

Location:  Luebeck, Germany
For information contact:
Phone:  919826713114
Categories:   Environment; Science & Technology; Information, Libraries, Research
Jul 28/2016
World Hepatitis Day [WHO]
World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.

World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World AIDS Day

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Jul 30/2016
International Day of Friendship
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

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

Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Jul 30/2016
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Slavery, in both its ancient and modern forms, is not only shameful, it is as the abolitionist John Wesley said “the execrable sum of all villanies,” and has no place in our world.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Aug 4/2016
to Aug 7/2016
Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is an annual four-day outdoor music event held the second weekend of August in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, established in 1980 by Don Whalen. The festival continues to draw many people from around the world as both spectators and performers. The current producer of the festival is Terry Wickham.

The festival showcases performers in many genres. Most years, folk, Celtic, bluegrass, blues, gospel, roots, and worldbeat acts perform. Past main stage performers include k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Great Big Sea, Oysterband, Loreena McKennitt, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, David Gray, Neko Case, Van Morrison, David Byrne and Michael Franti. In addition to the main stage and side stage concerts by individual artists, the festival has artists collaborate on shared stages.

The EFMF relies heavily on volunteers which keep ticket prices down. Volunteers do everything from picking garbage to working as stage hands. There are approximately 2000 people on the volunteer list each year.

The festival is extremely successful, but this has spawned problems. The 2012 edition sold out in just minutes thus leaving many potential fans without tickets and leading to a seller's market for resales. Not coincidentally, 2012 saw the inaugural edition of a new folk and rock festival, Interstellar Rodeo, launched by Folk Fest fan Shauna de Cartier of Six Shooter Records.

Time:  4 days
Location:  Edmonton, AB
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Aug 5/2016
to Aug 7/2016
Goderich, ON
Goderich Celtic Roots
The Celtic Roots Festival is a Celtic festival held annually in the town of Goderich. The festival celebrates traditional Celtic music and craft by showcasing a wide variety of musicians and artisans. Musical acts have come from as far afield as Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but have also included popular North American folk artists such as Maura O'Connell, The Wailin' Jennys and Garnet Rogers. The festival was first held in 1992.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Goderich, ON
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Aug 9/2016
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
In 1994, the General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year.

The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1992, of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Indigenous peoples contribute extensively to humanity's cultural diversity, enriching it with more than two-thirds of its languages and an extraordinary amount of its traditional knowledge.

There are over 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries, living in all regions of the world. The situation of indigenous peoples in many parts of the world is critical today. Poverty rates are significantly higher among indigenous peoples compared to other groups. While they constitute 5 percent of the world's population, they are 15 percent of the world's poor. Most indicators of well-being show that indigenous peoples suffer disproportionately compared to non-indigenous peoples.

Indigenous peoples face systemic discrimination and exclusion from political and economic power; they continue to be over-represented among the poorest, the illiterate, the destitute; they are displaced by wars and environmental disasters; indigenous peoples are dispossessed of their ancestral lands and deprived of their resources for survival, both physical and cultural; they are even robbed of their very right to life.

Categories:   Native Peoples; Arts & Culture; International
Aug 9/2016
to Aug 14/2016
Montreal, QC
World Social Forum 2016
We invite citizen’s movements from around the world to make the next World Social Forum (WSF) a meeting essential for sharing our mobilizations, our resistance and for strengthening our struggles. We want the WSF in Montreal to be not only a place for sharing broad guidelines but also be a space that allows social movements to put forward political responses that can change the course of history.

The goal of the WSF 2016 is to gather tens of thousands of people from groups in civil society, organizations and social movements who want to build a sustainable and inclusive world, where every person and every people has its place and can make its voice heard.

Location:  Montreal, QC
Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 11/2016
to Aug 21/2016
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Vancouver's second largest film festival and the largest Queer arts event in Western Canada. The festival hosts a variety of performances, workshops, panels, parties and more, facilitating a unique queer space for 11 days each August.

Venue:  Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Location:  405-207 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
For information contact:
Phone:  604-844-1615
Categories:   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Aug 12/2016
International Youth Day
International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August 2000.

International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.

IYD was designated by the United Nations in 1999 with the adoption of Resolution 54/120.

International Youth Day's Slogan for 2014 is Youth and Mental Health. For 2015, it is Youth and Civic Engagement.

Categories:   Children & Youth; International
Aug 19/2016
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognizing humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49 on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations, and set as 19 August. It marks the day on which the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Aug 19/2016
to Aug 21/2016
Salmon Arm, BC
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is a three-day music festival that occurs every third weekend in August. It has six stages and features an international roster of artists as well as a strong contingent of Canadian talent. The event takes place at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds, an 18-acre site at the base of Mount Ida in Salmon Arm, a town located on the shores of the Shuswap Lake in British Columbia.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Salmon Arm, BC
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Aug 23/2016
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23 of each year, the day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. That date was chosen by the adoption of resolution 29 C/40 by the Organization's General Conference at its 29th session. Circular CL/3494 of July 29, 1998, from the Director-General, invited Ministers of Culture to promote the day. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint-Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Aug 29/2016
International Day against Nuclear Tests
The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed on August 29. It was established on December 2, 2009, at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly by the resolution 64/35, which was adopted unanimously.

The resolution, in particular, calls for increasing awareness "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 resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan together with several sponsors and cosponsors to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on August 29, 1991.

Following the establishment of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, in May 2010 all state parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons committed themselves to "achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons".

Categories:   Environment; International
Aug 30/2016
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.

Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can nowadays be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents. 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.
Special attention must also be paid to specific groups of especially vulnerable people, like children and people with disabilities.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Sep 5/2016
International Day of Charity
Charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding "among people."

Poverty persists in all countries of the world, -- regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.

On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 8/2016
International Literacy Day
September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.

To raise public awareness of the extraordinary value of the written word and of the necessity to promote a literate society, the following writers are supporting UNESCO through the Writers for Literacy Initiative: Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Philippe Claudel, Paulo Coelho, Philippe Delerm, Fatou Diome, Chahdortt Djavann, Nadine Gordimer, Amitav Ghosh, Marc Levy, Alberto Manguel, Anna Moi, Scott Momaday, Toni Morrison, Érik Orsenna, Gisèle Pineau, El Tayeb Salih, Francisco Jose Sionil, Wole Soyinka, Amy Tan, Miklós Vámos, Abdourahman Waberi, Wei Wei, Banana Yoshimoto. Not only the writers contribute to raising awareness to the problem of illiteracy: along with the writers’ engagement, there are various companies and charity organizations that support the fight against illiteracy. Some supporters of International Literacy Day include the Global Development Research Center, Montblanc, the National Institute for Literacy, and Rotary International.

Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Skills & Training
Sep 9/2016
to Sep 11/2016
Hamilton, ON
Supercrawl is an annual art and indie music festival held in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.

Time:  3 days
Location:  Hamilton, ON
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Sep 12/2016
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
South-South cooperation, as an important element of international cooperation for development, offers viable opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition in their individual and collective pursuit of sustained economic growth and sustainable development.

Developing countries have the primary responsibility for promoting and implementing South-South cooperation, not as a substitute for, but rather as a complement to North-South cooperation. The international community should support the efforts of the developing countries to expand South-South cooperation.

The Assembly also urged all relevant United Nations organizations and multilateral institutions to intensify their efforts to effectively mainstream the use of South-South cooperation in the design, formulation and implementation of their regular programs and to consider increasing allocations of human, technical and financial resources for supporting South-South cooperation initiatives.

Development cooperation beyond 2015 will have to increase and continue to support developing countries, with a special emphasis in poor and vulnerable communities facing sustainable development challenges, while mobilizing additional resources to address global challenges, such as climate change and managing global commons.

Categories:   Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 15/2016
International Day of Democracy
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy -- with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy -- and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

The preamble of the resolution affirmed that:

* while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region...

* Â…democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 16/2016
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

This designation was made on December 19, 1994, in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Categories:   Environment; International
Sep 21/2016
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.

On 21 September 2015, the United Nations Education Outreach Section commemorated the day with a Student Videoconference at United Nations Headquarters.

The theme of this year's commemoration is "Partnerships for Peace "Dignity for All" which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.

The work of the United Nations would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnerships each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations that are needed to support the Organization in achieving its future goals.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 document of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Sep 26/2016
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly's first resolution in 1946. It has been on the General Assembly's agenda along with general and complete disarmament ever since 1959. It has been a prominent theme of review conferences held at the UN since 1975 of States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Yet today, some 16,000 nuclear weapons remain. Countries possessing such weapons have well-funded, long-range plans to modernize their nuclear arsenals. More than half of the world's population still lives in countries that either have such weapons or are members of nuclear alliances. As of 2015, not one nuclear weapon has been physically destroyed pursuant to a treaty, bilateral or multilateral, and no nuclear disarmament negotiations are underway.

These facts provide the foundation for the General Assembly's designation of 26 September as the 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.

Categories:   Environment; International
Sep 27/2016
to Sep 30/2016
Calgary, AB
Under Western Skies 2016: Water: Events, Trends, Analysis
Under Western Skies (UWS) is a biennial, interdisciplinary conference series on the environment. The fourth conference organizers invite prospective researchers, authors, artists, and presenters to consider submitting proposals for oral and poster presentations as well as workshops and panels.
The conference theme, Water: Events, Trends, Analysis, will be threaded through four inter- and transdisciplinary conference tracks
Under Western Skies 2016 is pleased to confirm the following participants:
Bruno Latour
Gaia Global Circus (Chloé Latour, Frédérique Aït-Touati, Olivier Vallet & Company)
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

The UWS Committee look forward to receiving contributions from all environmental fields of inquiry and endeavor, including but not limited to the humanities, natural and social sciences, public policy, business, and law. Non-academic proposals are also welcome.
Please submit your panel or individual proposal at, by January 31st, 2016.
The UWS conference series is the 2015 recipient of the Environmental Community Organizer (ECO) Award conferred by the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) (

Venue:  Roderick Mah Centre,Bella Conservatory,Mount Royal University
Location:  4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB
For information contact:  Robert Boschman -
Phone:  (403) 440-6456
Categories:   Environment
Oct 1/2016
International Day of Older Persons
The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year.

On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106. The holiday was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.

The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

This holiday is similar to National Grandparents Day in the United States and Canada as well as Double Ninth Festival in China and Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. The observance is a focus of ageing organizations and the United Nations Programme on Ageing.

Categories:   Seniors; International
Oct 2/2016
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.

According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the 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".

Introducing the resolution in the General Assembly on behalf of 140 co-sponsors, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that the wide and diverse sponsorship of the resolution was a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy. Quoting the late leader’s own words, he said: "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man".

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Oct 3/2016
World Habitat Day
World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was officially designated by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1986. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.

Categories:   Environment; International
Oct 5/2016
World Teachers’ Day
World Teachers' Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

According to UNESCO, World Teachers' Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding, and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers' Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.

Over 100 countries observe World Teachers' Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

In Western Australia, the 5th of October always falls during school holidays and so the day is celebrated on or around the 31st of October, which is safely into the fourth term. In 2015, World Teachers' Day was celebrated in Queensland, Australia on Friday the 30th of October. As in Western Australia, the 5th of October falls during school holidays.

Categories:   Education; International
Oct 7/2016
to Oct 15/2016
Cape Breton Island, NS
Celtic Colours
Celtic Colours International Festival is a Celtic music festival held annually in October in communities all over Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. First held in 1997, the festival has featured hundreds of musicians from all over the Celtic world and attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Cape Breton Island. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of workshops, a visual art series of exhibitions, and a nightly Festival Club. Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Brittany, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Cuba and Sweden as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton's musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers for the annual Autumn celebration.

Time:  9 days
Location:  Cape Breton Island, NS
Categories:   Music; Arts & Culture
Oct 10/2016
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

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

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Oct 11/2016
International Day of the Girl Child
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as the right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and unfree child marriage.

The International Day of the Girl Child initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental organization that operates worldwide. The idea for an international day of observance and celebration grew out of Plan International's Because I Am a Girl campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular. Plan International representatives in Canada approached the Canadian federal government to seek to the coalition of supporters raised awareness of the initiative internationally.

Each year's Day of the Girl has a theme; the first was "ending child marriage", the second, in 2013, was "innovating for girl's education", the third, in 2014, was "Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence." and the fourth, in 2015 was "The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030".

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; Education; Women
Oct 13/2016
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

The United Nations General Assembly designated October 13th as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction as part of its proclamation of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.

In 2002, by a further resolution, the General Assembly decided to maintain the annual observance as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

In 2009, the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13 as the official date and also changed the name to International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Categories:   Environment; International
Oct 15/2016
International Day of Rural Women
Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population. In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force, and produce, process and prepare much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security.

Bearing in mind that 76 per cent of the extreme poor live in rural areas, ensuring rural women’s access to productive agricultural resources contributes to decreasing world hunger and poverty, and make rural women critical for the success of the new Sustainable Development agenda for 2030.

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

Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Oct 16/2016
World Food Day
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

The World Food Day theme for 2014 was Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”

Categories:   Farming; Environment; International
Oct 17/2016
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. It was officially recognized by the United Nations, but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honor victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. This call was made by Joseph Wresinski (1917-1988) founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

The text engraved in the stone reads as follows:

Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Oct 24/2016
World Development Information Day
The General Assembly in 1972 instituted World Development Information Day to draw the attention of world public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)). The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide in principle with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.

The Assembly felt that improving the dissemination of information and the mobilization of public opinion, particularly among young people, would lead to greater awareness of the problems of development, thus, promoting efforts in the sphere of international cooperation for development.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Oct 27/2016
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage takes place every 27 October. This commemorative day was chosen by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2005 to raise awareness of the significance of and preservation risks recorded sound and audiovisual documents (films, sound and video recordings, radio and television programs). Events are held in many countries, organised by national and regional sound and film archives, broadcasters, museums and libraries, and major audiovisual associations including the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA),International Council on Archives (ICA), International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)). and the International Federation of Television Archives FIAT/IFTA

Categories:   Arts & Culture; Communications Industry & Technology; International
Oct 31/2016
World Cities Day
Recognizing the significance of urban basic services as a foundation for the overall social and economic development, the UN General Assembly designated on 27 December 2013, by resolution 68/239, 31 October as World Cities Day as of 2014.

Planned urbanization maximizes the capacity of cities to generate employment and wealth, and to foster diversity and social cohesion between different classes, cultures, ethnicities and religions. Cities designed to live together create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.

The theme of the 2015 World Cities Day promotes togetherness and harmony, making our cities and neighbourhoods inclusive and livable.

Categories:   Transportation & Travel; International
Nov 2/2016
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
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.

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 the Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

This landmark resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It also urges the Member States to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies. It further calls upon States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

Categories:   Media, Entertainment, News, Communications; International
Nov 6/2016
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.

Furthermore, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found that over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. Conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse.

The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies - because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.

Categories:   Environment; International
Nov 10/2016
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. It offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in the debate on related issues.

By throwing bridges between science and society, the aim is to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable. Recent themes have included ‘towards green societies’ (2011), science for the rapprochement of peoples and cultures (2010) and astronomy (2009).

World Science Day was instigated as a follow-up to the World Conference on Science, organized jointly by UNESCO and the International Council for Science in Budapest (Hungary) in 1999. The Day offers an opportunity to reaffirm each year our commitment to attaining the goals proclaimed in one of the twin documents adopted by the World Conference on Science: the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and to follow up the recommendations contained in the Conference’s Science Agenda: Framework for Action. The biennial World Science Forum is always held as close as possible to World Science Day.

Categories:   Science & Technology; International
Nov 16/2016
International Day for Tolerance
In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Nov 19/2016
World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO to be celebrated every 3rd Thursday of November. It was first celebrated on 21 November 2002. In 2016, the Day is due to 17 November.

By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. UNESCO has always been closely linked to philosophy, not speculative or normative philosophy, but critical questioning which enables it to give meaning to live and action in the international context.

In establishing World Philosophy Day in 2005, UNESCO’s General Conference highlighted the importance of this discipline, especially for young people, underlining that “philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace”. UNESCO's General Conference was convinced that “the institutionalization of Philosophy Day at UNESCO as ‘World Philosophy Day’ would win recognition for and give a strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world”.

Categories:   Arts & Culture; International
Nov 19/2016
World Toilet Day
2.4 billion People do not have adequate sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Women and girls risk rape and abuse, because they have no toilet that offers privacy.”

This year, World Toilet Day is focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition, drawing the world’s attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health. Lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices, are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.

The aim of World Toilet Day is to raise awareness about the people in the world who don’t have access to a toilet, despite the fact that it is a human right to have clean water and sanitation.“

On this day people are encouraged to take action and help promote the idea that more needs to be done. You can host an exhibition, write a toilet song, host a dinner or draw a cartoon – anything that shows #wecantwait any longer and that everyone worldwide must have access to a toilet.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Nov 20/2016
Africa Industrialization Day
Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000), the UN General Assembly, in 1989, proclaimed 20 November Africa Industrialization Day (resolution 44/237).

The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.

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

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will host a symposium in Vienna on 23 November to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day and showcase relevant actions and success stories that promote Africa’s industrial development.

It will bring together representatives from the diplomatic corps, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders. See the UNIDO website for more information.

Categories:   Economic Development; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
Nov 20/2016
Universal Children’s Day
By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the 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. The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children’s rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard.

On the basis of the Convention and joint effort by all the countries and regions, let us promote and celebrate children’s right on the Universal Children's Day, and continuously build up a living-friendly environment for children in the world through dialogues and actions.

Categories:   Children & Youth; International
Nov 20/2016
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Since the adoption of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/5, the observance has spread to a growing number of countries on every continent.

The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for
drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services. In 2008, remembrance services and other related events were held in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Uganda and the United States, and almost every country in Europe.

A dedicated website was also launched to make the Day more widely known and to link countries through sharing common objectives and the remembrance of people killed and injured in crashes.

Categories:   Transportation & Travel; International
Nov 25/2016
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue are often hidden. For 2014, the official Theme framed by the UN Secretary-General's campaign unite to End Violence against Women is Orange your Neighbourhood.

Categories:   Women; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Nov 29/2016
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II))

In resolution 60/37 of 1 December 2005, the Assembly requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights, as part of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November, to continue to organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN.

The observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People also encouraged Member States to continue to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.

In 2015, the Palestinian flag was raised at the Headquarters and Offices of the United Nations. The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations (A/RES/69/320). The United Nations decided that the flags of non-member observer States, including the flag of the State of Palestine, shall be raised at Headquarters and United Nations offices following the flags of the Members States of the Organization. The Ceremony of the Raising of the Flag of the State of Palestine at the UN headquarter in New York took place on September 30th 2015.

Categories:   Politics & Political Organizations; International
Dec 1/2016
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.

As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV,[3] making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claims an estimated 2 million lives each year, of which about 270,000 are children.

Categories:   Health/Health Care; International
Dec 2/2016
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.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are currently an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide, creating US$ 150 billion in illegal profits in the private economy each year.

ILO has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour, which is set to enter into force in November 2016.

The 50 for Freedom campaign aims to persuade at least 50 countries to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol by 2018.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 3/2016
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called "International Day of Disabled Persons" until 2007. Each year the day focuses on a different issue.

Categories:   Disability Issues; International
Dec 5/2016
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
International Volunteer Day (IVD) (December 5) is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The International Volunteer Day is marked by many non-governmental organizations, including Red Cross, scouts and others. It is also marked and supported by United Nations Volunteers.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programmes to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in countries. Through the Online Volunteering service volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet.

The main focus of IVD 2014 does not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets -- but also pay special tribute to people's participation in making a difference locally, nationally and globally. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 5/2016
World Soil Day
Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives. World Soil Day 2015 will be celebrated on the 4th of December at the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) headquarters in Rome and FAO regional offices. National events will also be organized, so make sure to regularly check the map of events and/or register your event. The theme for this year will be “Soils: a solid ground for life”.

The soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and, therefore, requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil, so its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met.

Categories:   Environment; International
Dec 9/2016
International Anti-Corruption Day
International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003.

Categories:   Law Enforcement & Corrections; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 9/2016
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”).

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

In adopting the resolution, without a vote, the 193-member Assembly reiterated the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 10/2016
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social cause organizations.

Categories:   Human Rights, Law, Legal; International
Dec 11/2016
International Mountain Day
December 11, "International Mountain Day", was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003. The General Assembly "encouraged the international community to organize events at all levels on that day to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development."

International Mountain Day is "observed every year with a different theme relevant to sustainable mountain development. FAO is the U.N. organization mandated to lead observance of International Mountain Day.

The theme for International Mountain Day 2010 is "Mountain minorities and indigenous peoples." It aims to raise awareness about indigenous peoples and minorities who live in mountain environments and the relevance of their cultural heritage, traditions and customs."

Categories:   Environment; International
Dec 18/2016
International Migrants Day
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.

This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.

Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. The United Nations is actively playing a catalyst role in this area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions, as well as propelling experience exchange and collaboration opportunities.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Dec 20/2016
International Human Solidarity Day
This year's celebration of Human Solidarity Day comes after leaders of the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a new, inclusive development agenda -- succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure dignity for all.

The new SDGs agenda is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will be thus be built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.

Categories:   Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International

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