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How to Remember
March 24, 2017 to May 07, 2017
How to Remember contains a range of documentation that combines graphic illustration, knitting, book-making, embroidery, journaling and poetry. The artists have formed creative records that serve as a kind of memory. Their work documents time embedded for example, in acts of gentrification on one's     Show more . . .


Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45
March 24, 2017 to May 26, 2017
Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45 explores interactions between Canadians in Europe and survivors of the Holocaust at the close of the Second World War and in the immediate postwar era. It follows members of the Canadian military -- soldiers, chaplains, official photographers and war artists     Show more . . .


A Lasting Impact: The Effect of Residential Schools on the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations
March 29, 2017 to April 30, 2017
This exhibition provides insight into how the residential school experience has affected BC First Nation communities. The human rights abuses inflicted upon Indigenous peoples in the residential school system have lasting impacts into the present day; we invite you to join us in the reconciliation     Show more . . .


Shut Down Creech
April 23, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Please join us next month in the beautiful Nevada Desert just north of Las Vegas for the 3rd Annual Weeklong Amazing Peace Convergence known as: Shut Down Creech. Be part of the global effort to RESIST Drone Killing and Global Militarization.     Show more . . .


World Immunization Week [WHO]
April 24, 2017 to April 30, 2017
Immunization averts 2 to 3 million deaths annually. However, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, if global vaccination coverage improves. Today, nearly 1 in 5 children worldwide are still missing routine immunizations for preventable diseases. During World Immunization Week 2016, WHO     Show more . . .


World Malaria Day
April 25, 2017
A push to eliminate malaria.     Show more . . .


International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
April 26, 2017
The United Nations responded to a passionate appeal made earlier this year by Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International charity, to have the 26th April each year designated as ‘International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day’.     Show more . . .


World Day for Safety and Health at Work
April 28, 2017
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.     Show more . . .


IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Leadership Training
April 28, 2017 to April 29, 2017
We can’t wait for Paris. Our planet and society have reached a critical time for action—and we are responding by engaging young Canadians who are passionate about improving their communities by giving them the knowledge, the inspiration, and the support to bring their sustainability     Show more . . .


Hot Docs Festival
April 28, 2017 to May 08, 2017
Embrace the unexpected in Toronto this spring with Hot Docs' incomparable line-up of compelling and inspiring stories from around the world.     Show more . . .


Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
April 29, 2017
The Conference of the States Parties at its Tenth Session PDF (paragraph 23.3 of C-10/5, dated 11 November 2005) decided that a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare would be observed on 29 April each year — the date in 1997 on which the Chemical Weapons Convention     Show more . . .


People's Climate March
April 29, 2017
On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.     Show more . . .


International Jazz Day
April 30, 2017
In November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed PDF document 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among     Show more . . .


May Day Strike
May 01, 2017
Monday, May 1st, 2017, will be an unprecedented act of Global Unity demanding that all full-time workers are paid a Living Wage by means of a global general strike, which transcends borders and all other divides between fellow workers.     Show more . . .


May Day March
May 01, 2017
March on May Day with the international working class.      Show more . . .


World Press Freedom Day
May 03, 2017
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to: celebrate     Show more . . .


The Beltane
May 03, 2017 to May 07, 2017
When we say sex is sacred, we really mean it!      Show more . . .


UN Global Road Safety Week [WHO]
May 04, 2017 to May 10, 2017
Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries. The Third UN Global Road Safety Week - #SaveKidsLives - seeks to highlight the plight of children on the     Show more . . .


Sources of Knowledge Forum
May 05, 2017
The ninth annual Sources of Knowledge Forum is titled “Accounting for the Past, Envisioning the Future.” Speakers, field trips and workshop leaders will use the First Nations Seven Generations Perspective to explore the history of the Bruce Peninsula and consider its future. The Forum     Show more . . .


EcoLinks 2017 Environmental Education Conference
May 05, 2017 to May 06, 2017
This spring, OSEE is hosting a suite of PD events to support educators with integrating environmental education into their teaching practice.      Show more . . .


Canadian Association of Labour Media Annual Conference
May 05, 2017 to May 07, 2017
We're getting excited about the 2017 Conference - May 5-7 in Toronto.      Show more . . .


Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War
May 08, 2017 to May 09, 2017
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     Show more . . .


Grey To Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance
May 08, 2017 to May 10, 2017
This conference is the leading forum for designers, policy makers, manufacturers, growers, landscapers, and other green infrastructure professionals to discuss the benefits of the important green infrastructure industry, and how to grow it even further.      Show more . . .


World Migratory Bird Day
May 09, 2017 to May 10, 2017
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. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory     Show more . . .


Ontario Climate Symposium 2017
May 11, 2017 to May 12, 2017
The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) and York University are pleased to host the 5th Annual Ontario Climate Symposium on May 11th and 12th 2017. This year’s Symposium theme, Just Transformations: The Next 150, aims to engage discussions across research disciplines and policy and practice     Show more . . .


International Day of Families
May 15, 2017
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     Show more . . .


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21, 2017
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.      Show more . . .


International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22, 2017
Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By     Show more . . .


International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
May 23, 2017
Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.      Show more . . .


Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
May 25, 2017 to May 31, 2017
The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.      Show more . . .


Building Lasting Change 2017 - Green Building Conference
May 30, 2017 to June 01, 2017
Building Lasting Change is Canada’s largest green building conference and is known for activating connections, delivering world class learning opportunities and cultivating inspiration and innovation.      Show more . . .


World No-Tobacco Day
May 31, 2017
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.      Show more . . .


Global Day of Parents
June 01, 2017
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     Show more . . .


Annual Gala Dinner
June 01, 2017
The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW Peace) will be hosting its annual gala on June 1st 2017.      Show more . . .


International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
June 04, 2017
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     Show more . . .


World Environment Day
June 05, 2017
"On this World Environment Day, I urge people and governments everywhere to overcome indifference, combat greed and act to preserve our natural heritage for the benefit of this and future generations." — Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Repairing Incised and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams
June 05, 2017 to June 06, 2017
This two-day course will present the current state of the art with regards to environmentally-sensitive stream and river repair and bank protection. The training will combine classroom and hands on learning – combining theory with the practical applications and lots of case studies. The     Show more . . .


World Oceans Day
June 08, 2017
“Urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity. ”      Show more . . .


Rivers to Oceans Week
June 08, 2017 to June 14, 2017
Rivers to Oceans Week is an opportunity to explore your connection to fresh and salt water environments. Rivers to Oceans Week reminds us that taking care of our water is a shared responsibility. Join the Canadian Wildlife Federation to celebrate Rivers to Oceans Week and help turn the tide on the     Show more . . .


National Capital Bioblitz
June 10, 2017 to June 11, 2017
In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada's biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage. A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and     Show more . . .


World Day Against Child Labour
June 12, 2017
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda reaffirms the goal of ending child labour. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour." Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General     Show more . . .


International Albinism Awareness Day
June 13, 2017
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda pledges to leave no one behind. That includes people with albinism. The cycle of attacks, discrimination and poverty must be broken" Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General     Show more . . .


World Blood Donor Day
June 14, 2017
Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it.     Show more . . .


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2017
Around 4 to 6% 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     Show more . . .


International Day of Family Remittances
June 16, 2017
The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), celebrated on 16 June, is aimed at recognizing the significant financial contribution migrant workers make to the wellbeing of their families back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin. It is also aimed at encouraging     Show more . . .


United National Antiwar Coalition Conference
June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
A National Conference: “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad: Building a Movement Against War, Injustice & Repression!” – Hosted by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC - unacpeace.org). Join activists from the many domestic and international struggles as we build unity against     Show more . . .


World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 17, 2017
"Without a long-term solution, desertification and land degradation will not only affect food supply but lead to increased migration and threaten the stability of many nations and regions. This is why world leaders made land degradation neutrality one of the targets of the Sustainable Development     Show more . . .


Norfolk Forest Important Bird and Biodiversity Area BioBlitz
June 17, 2017 to June 18, 2017
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.     Show more . . .


International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
June 19, 2017
On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors     Show more . . .


World Refugee Day
June 20, 2017
In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees, and it will launch its #WithRefugees petition on June 20th to send a message to governments that they must work     Show more . . .


United Nations Public Service Day
June 23, 2017
The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated 23 June as Public Service Day.      Show more . . .


International Widows' Day
June 23, 2017
"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its pledge to leave no one behind has a particular resonance for widows, who are among the most marginalized and isolated. " Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Science-Intense Bioblitz
June 23, 2017 to June 25, 2017
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.     Show more . . .


Day of the Seafarer
June 25, 2017
​In 2016, IMO's Day of the Seafarer campaign celebrated seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone.      Show more . . .


Toronto Bioblitz
June 25, 2017
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert     Show more . . .


United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 26, 2017
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     Show more . . .


International Day of Cooperatives
July 02, 2017
"I urge Governments to create an enabling environment for cooperatives to thrive and grow. Let us harness the power of cooperatives to achieve the SDGs and create a world of dignity and opportunity for all." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, & Environment - iWISE2017
July 03, 2017 to July 05, 2017
The conference is organized by Science Target Inc. in collaboration with professional and academic institutions both are local and international.      Show more . . .


World Population Day
July 11, 2017
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.     Show more . . .


Healing The Wounds Of Turtle Island
July 14, 2017 to July 16, 2017
This ceremony will be a coming together of people from all over the world, to acknowledge the common wound that we all carry from our shared history of violence. No matter where we come from, we all carry the wounds of historical trauma within us. Whether we were the victims, the perpetrators, or     Show more . . .


World Youth Skills Day
July 15, 2017
"On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Rare Bioblitz
July 15, 2017 to July 16, 2017
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert     Show more . . .


Nelson Mandela International Day
July 18, 2017
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.     Show more . . .


Labor Fightback National Conference
July 21, 2017 to July 23, 2017
For the labor movement, business as usual is no longer an option. If the eight-year aftermath of the 2008 economic crash did not send the message loudly enough, the November 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States surely has done so. The jury is in; the verdict is unanimous.     Show more . . .


World Hepatitis Day
July 28, 2017
The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is "Prevent hepatitis. Act now". Viral hepatitis is caused by 5 distinct hepatitis viruses. Infection from these viruses results in approximately 1.45 million deaths each year. These viruses are transmitted through contaminated water and food, as     Show more . . .


Bioblitzing the Cypress Hills
July 28, 2017 to July 29, 2017
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time, typically over 24 hours. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in     Show more . . .


International Day of Friendship
July 30, 2017
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.      Show more . . .


World Day against Trafficking in Persons
July 30, 2017
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     Show more . . .


World Breastfeeding Week
August 01, 2017 to August 07, 2017
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries 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     Show more . . .


International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
August 09, 2017
Celebrating Indigenous people and recognizing their value and human rights.     Show more . . .


BiotaNB 2017
August 09, 2017 to August 22, 2017
A bioblitz brings together expert naturalists and taxonomic scientists to inventory as many species as possible in a particular area in a set amount of time. The species records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity in that location at that point in time.Through this project     Show more . . .


International Youth Day
August 12, 2017
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.     Show more . . .


Stanley Park Bioblitz 150
August 12, 2017 to August 13, 2017
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 will bring together the Canadian public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and to engage our passion to know, celebrate and conserve our natural heritage.A bioblitz brings together expert     Show more . . .


World Humanitarian Day
August 19, 2017
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater     Show more . . .


ICCE2017: 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy
August 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
ICCE2017 committee cordially invite all the participants interested in sharing their knowledge and research in the area of clean & renewable energy to submit their abstract and attend the ICCE2017. ICCE 2017 provides a platform for researchers and scientists to share their research work while the     Show more . . .


International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
August 23, 2017
The United Nations proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). UNESCO is contributing to it through its educational, cultural and scientific programmes so as to promote the contribution of people of African descent to building modern societies and ensuring dignity     Show more . . .


International Day against Nuclear Tests
August 29, 2017
Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. There has been little consideration of the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the understanding of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Early     Show more . . .


International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
August 30, 2017
"On this International Day, I call on States to acknowledge that family members and friends of the disappeared are also victims, and to guarantee their right to full protection from any form of reprisals. Let us all show solidarity with the victims and their relatives as they strive to realize their     Show more . . .


International Day of Charity
September 05, 2017
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     Show more . . .


International Literacy Day
September 08, 2017
International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. On this day also International Literacy Prizes are awarded to people with outstanding solutions that     Show more . . .


World Environmental Education Congress - WEEC 2017
September 09, 2017 to September 15, 2017
The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation     Show more . . .


United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
September 12, 2017
"As we mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, let us reaffirm our commitment to this invaluable means of achieving sustainable development and improving the lives of billions of people in the global South and beyond."      Show more . . .


International Day of Democracy
September 15, 2017
"The implementation of the Goals must be underpinned by a strong and active civil society that includes the weak and the marginalized. We must defend civil society's freedom to operate and do this essential job. On this International Day of Democracy, let us rededicate ourselves to democracy and     Show more . . .


International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
September 16, 2017
"On this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, let us remember how much has already been accomplished, and commit to do more to protect our atmosphere. By working together, we can build a safer, healthier, more prosperous and resilient world for all people while protecting our     Show more . . .


International Day of Peace
September 21, 2017
"Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon      Show more . . .


International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
September 26, 2017
This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It also provides an opportunity to educate the public—and their leaders—about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic     Show more . . .


World Rabies Day
September 28, 2017
It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.      Show more . . .


International Day of Older Persons
October 01, 2017
Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’     Show more . . .


International Day of Non-Violence
October 02, 2017
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.     Show more . . .


World Habitat Day
October 03, 2017
"On this World Habitat Day, I urge national and local governments, city planners and communities everywhere to keep “Housing at the Centre”. Guaranteeing dignity and opportunity for all depends on people having access to affordable and adequate housing. I look forward to a successful     Show more . . .


World Teachers’ Day
October 05, 2017
It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. However, they continue to face challenges brought about by staff     Show more . . .


World Mental Health Day
October 10, 2017
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.      Show more . . .


International Day of the Girl Child
October 11, 2017
The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the preponderance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls everywhere on a daily     Show more . . .


International Day for Disaster Reduction
October 13, 2017
The International Day for Disaster Reduction began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their     Show more . . .


International Day of Rural Women
October 15, 2017
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind. To deliver on that, we must help rural women to thrive, and to access the support and information they need, so that they can fulfil their potential without leaving their communities." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


World Food Day
October 16, 2017
On 16 October 1945, 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Their goal was to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system.      Show more . . .


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 17, 2017
"Poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. It is manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services and, too often, by the denial or abuse of other fundamental human rights [...] Let us listen to and heed the voices of people living in poverty. Let us commit     Show more . . .


World Development Information Day
October 24, 2017
"[...] Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion     Show more . . .


Disarmament Week
October 24, 2017 to October 30, 2017
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,     Show more . . .


World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
October 27, 2017
"The stories told by this heritage are powerful expressions of culture and place, weaving together personal and collective experience, reflecting the search for meaning shared by all. This heritage provides an anchor in a world of change, especially for local communities, providing records of     Show more . . .


World Cities Day
October 31, 2017
"Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
November 02, 2017
"I pay tribute to the courage of all media personnel who put their lives on the line for the sake of truth. And I call for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists were attacked, harassed or killed." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


World Tsunami Awareness Day
November 05, 2017
"Tsunamis may be rare but, like any other natural hazard, if we fail to prepare and raise awareness, then we risk paying a heavy price." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
November 06, 2017
"On this International Day, I urge governments, businesses and citizens around the world to prioritize environmental care and the sustainable management of natural resources for preventing conflict, building peace and promoting lasting prosperity." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Canadian Wildlife Federation Goose Gala
November 09, 2017
The CWF Goose Gala supports Canada's wildlife and wild spaces. Proceeds from the event help ensure a bright future for Canadian wildlife. Thanks to the generosity of corporations and philanthropists, the gala has channeled $500,000 into the CWF Wild by Nature campaign. As we mark Canada's 150th     Show more . . .


International Week of Science and Peace
November 09, 2017 to November 15, 2017
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     Show more . . .


World Science Day for Peace and Development
November 10, 2017
Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference (Resolution 31C/ 20) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event celebrated all over the world to recall the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999).      Show more . . .


World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2017
"Let us focus both on prevention and strengthening health services so that everyone who has this debilitating disease can receive the support he or she needs." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day for Tolerance
November 16, 2017
The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and     Show more . . .


World Philosophy Day
November 17, 2017
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces. Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to     Show more . . .


World Toilet Day
November 19, 2017
"Sustainable development goal 6 calls on the international community to ensure access to toilets by 2030. Delivering on this basic human right — the right to water and sanitation — is good for people, business and the economy." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Universal Children’s Day
November 20, 2017
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.      Show more . . .


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 20, 2017
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     Show more . . .


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25, 2017
"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General     Show more . . .


International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 29, 2017
"This year, the number of demolitions of Palestinian houses and other structures by Israeli forces has doubled, compared to 2015. Gaza remains a humanitarian emergency, with 2 million Palestinians struggling with crumbling infrastructure and a paralyzed economy, and tens of thousands still     Show more . . .


World AIDS Day
December 01, 2017
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted with a promise to leave no one behind. Nowhere is this more important than in tackling AIDS. Supporting young, vulnerable and marginalized people will change the course of the epidemic." — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 02, 2017
"The UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery helps restore the human rights and dignity of thousands of victims and their families by awarding grants to projects providing rehabilitation services. I urge Member States, businesses, private foundation and other donors to increase their     Show more . . .


International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 03, 2017
"Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
December 05, 2017
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     Show more . . .


World Soil Day
December 05, 2017
"On World Soil Day, I call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
December 09, 2017
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     Show more . . .


International Anti-Corruption Day
December 09, 2017
"On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the 2030 Agenda and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Human Rights Day
December 10, 2017
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10     Show more . . .


International Mountain Day
December 11, 2017
Mountains host communities with ancient cultures and traditions, and are places of religious worship, pilgrimage and rituals all over the world. The concept of traditional heritage, culture and spirituality is intrinsically linked with peoples’ livelihoods in the mountains, where it is often     Show more . . .


International Migrants Day
December 18, 2017
"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Human Solidarity Day
December 20, 2017
"Global problems require collective solutions. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, people need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .