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Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
March 10, 2017 to January 28, 2018
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents the thought-provoking, socially and environmentally-conscious new exhibition Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, on display March 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018. Curated by Dr. Nuno Porto (MOA Curator, Africa and Latin America), Amazonia explores the     Show more . . .


Making Peace
May 13, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Making Peace is a major public (indoor/outdoor) event that aims to teach the public, especially young people what key elements are necessary to create a 'sustainable peace'; providing an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in bringing about positive change. Activities include a large     Show more . . .


Eco-Connects NS, with the Nova Scotia Environmental Network
September 22, 2017 to September 23, 2017
Join the Nova Scotia Environmental Network gathering for panel discussions, networking, workshops, and strategies. The Nova Scotia Environmental Network is comprised of about 60 non-governmental environmental and health groups whose common purpose is the conservation and enhancement of the natural     Show more . . .


No War 2017: War And The Environment
September 22, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Voices for Creative Nonviolence is co-sponsoring this important conference and co-coordinators Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell are among the featured speakers.      Show more . . .


Green Energy Doors Open, across Ontario
September 22, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is a showcase of sustainable energy projects and success stories from around Ontario. From September 22-24 across Ontario and September 30-October 1 in the Ottawa Region, visitors will get a chance to learn about the many different initiatives and innovative energy     Show more . . .


The Word On The Street, Lethbridge
September 23, 2017
The Word On The Street Festival is growing into a signature event in Southern Alberta, where we present established and emerging authors, storytellers, informative panel discussions, demonstrations and workshops, street performers, live music, and a bustling marketplace. We strive to create a     Show more . . .


Ontario Environment Network Annual Gathering 2017
September 23, 2017
The Ontario Environment Network (OEN) is a non-profit, non-governmental network serving Ontario's environmental non-profit, non-governmental community. Ontario has over 700 environmental groups that range from national to neighbourhood-based and focus on a wide range of issues.      Show more . . .


Maude Barlow at Bayfield Sustainability Summit
September 23, 2017
Maude Barlow will be a guest speaker at the Bayfield Sustainability Summit.      Show more . . .


The Word On The Street, Toronto
September 24, 2017
For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 28th festival on September 24, 2017.      Show more . . .


The Word On The Street, Saskatoon
September 24, 2017
Each year in September, in the cities of Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the Canadian written word. Saskatoon became the fifth city to host the festival with a preview event held in 2010. The     Show more . . .


Victoria: Beyond Banksters Book Tour with author Joyce Nelson
September 25, 2017
Joyce Nelson is an award-winning writer and researcher. In Beyond Banksters, she examines how corporations and private banks are working together to continue the privatization of public infrastructure and services. Politicians have supported this process through laws and regulations that benefit the     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 . . .


The Fight for 15 - What Next?
September 26, 2017
Jonathan Rosenblum, union activist from Seattle and author of recently published Beyond $15, will be talking about the lessons to be learned from the struggle for $15 in the USA. Rosenblum's experience will be of particular interest to activists in the $15 and Fairness movement in Ontario.      Show more . . .


Book launch: On Building a Social Movement
September 26, 2017
On Building a Social Movement focuses on the North American campaign for southern African liberation. It does so by first evoking both the region-wide battle for liberation from racial oppression that emerged in southern Africa between 1960 and 1994 and the world-wide mobilization of support for     Show more . . .


Cuba-U.S. Relations, Obama and Beyond Book Launch with Arnold August
September 27, 2017
Against the background of the history of Cuba-U.S. interconnectedness and in light of Obama's ini­tiative and Trump's election, Arnold August deals with the relationship between the two countries, delving into past and current U.S. aggression against Cuba's artistic field, ideology and politics.     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 . . .


Beyond Words: Kate Evans presents Threads
September 29, 2017
For British-based cartoonist, artist, activist, and author Kate Evans, the only proper response to the refugee crisis now facing Europe (and the rest of the world) is action. In her latest graphic novel, Threads, she faces the situation head on; telling the stories of those marginalized and     Show more . . .


Beyond Words: Kate Evans presents Threads
September 29, 2017
For British-based cartoonist, artist, activist, and author Kate Evans, the only proper response to the refugee crisis now facing Europe (and the rest of the world) is action. In her latest graphic novel, Threads, she faces the situation head on; telling the stories of those marginalized and     Show more . . .


Beyond Words: Kate Evans presents Threads
September 29, 2017
For British-based cartoonist, artist, activist, and author Kate Evans, the only proper response to the refugee crisis now facing Europe (and the rest of the world) is action. In her latest graphic novel, Threads, she faces the situation head on; telling the stories of those marginalized and     Show more . . .


Revolutions Conference
September 29, 2017 to October 01, 2017
In the 100th anniversary year of the Russian Revolutions, our conference focuses on the theme of revolution. We want to speak to the widespread and widely varying causes, contexts, conditions and consequences of modern revolutions.     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 . . .


Fighting Dirty book launch with Poh-Gek Forkert
October 01, 2017
Fighting Dirty tells the story of how one small group of farmers, small-town residents, and Indigenous people fought the world’s largest waste disposal company to stop them from expanding a local dumpsite into a massive land fill. As one of the experts brought in to assess the impact the     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 . . .


Tyler Shipley speaks on “Ottawa and Empire” in Toronto
October 11, 2017
Join Tyler Shipley as he discusses Canada’s role in the 2009 coup d’etat in Honduras and his book Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras. The talk is being held in the Hinton auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library.     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 . . .


Living Soils Symposium Montreal / Symposium Sols Vivants Montreal
October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017
The Living Soils Symposium Montreal is a 3-day bilingual event at Concordia University which aims to bring together scientists, academics, food producers, students, government delegates, NGOs, activists, entrepreneurs and consumers to discuss the crucial role of living soils in addressing some of     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 . . .


Power of Water Conference
October 23, 2017 to October 25, 2017
17th Annual Power of Water Conference      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 . . .


Kevin MacKay speaking on “Radical Transformation” in Ottawa
October 25, 2017
oin author, professor and activist Kevin MacKay for a presentation on Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization. Radical Transformation is a story about industrial civilization’s impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human     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 . . .


An Evening with Martine Delvaux (in conversation with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis)
October 27, 2017
Come hear Martine Delvaux”, author of Serial Girls: From Barbie to Pussy Riot, in conversation with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis. This event is free and open to the public.      Show more . . .


Law’s sponsorship of corporate irresponsibility with Harry Glasbeek
October 27, 2017
Join legal expert Harry Glasbeek for a presentation on law’s sponsorship of corporate irresponsibility.      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 . . .