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Date/Location Event/Organization
Jul 10/2015
to Jul 11/2015
Toronto, ON
Toronto People's Social Forum
Bringing together activists, students, unions, Indigenous peoples, youth, environmentalists and hundreds of ordinary individuals to oppose the current political and economic direction of this country, and proposes a plurality of alternative paths towards a better world...

40+ workshops - alt media fair - grassroots movements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   Children & Youth; Health/Health Care; Women
Aug 6/2015
Toronto, ON
Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope After 70 Years
An event to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Key Note address by Honorable Paul Dewar
Performances by Yakudo Drummers, Flautist Ron Korb, Pax Christi Chorale, and Raging Grannies.

Time:  4:30pm Community Tables 6:30pm Commemoration 8:30 pm Lantern Ceremony
Venue:  Church of the Holy Trinity
Location:  west of Eaton Centre, Toronto, ON
For information contact:  Sandra Ruch
Phone:  4167164010
Categories:   Arts & Culture; Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives; International
Aug 9/2015
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 - 2004).
The theme aims to highlight the importance of implementing the rights of indigenous peoples through policies and programmes at both the national and international level working together towards this common goal with Governments, the United Nations system, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders.

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   International; Military
Aug 30/2015
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern, in particular, by the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction, when these are part of or amount to enforced disappearances, and by the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared.
By the same resolution the Assembly welcomed the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and decided to declare 30 August the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, to be observed beginning in 2011.
Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can nowadays be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents. Of particular concern are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
Location:  255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON
Categories:   Food & Beverage; Trade
Sep 21/2015
International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   Children & Youth; Women
Oct 15/2015
International Day of Rural Women
The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes "the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty."
Rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. But limited access to credit, health care and education are among the many challenges they face, which are further aggravated by the global food and economic crises and climate change. Empowering them is key not only to the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities, but also to overall economic productivity, given women's large presence in the agricultural workforce worldwide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Categories:   Journalism, Writing, Literary, Language; Human Rights, Law, Legal; Media, Entertainment, News, Communications
Nov 6/2015
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4).
Though mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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