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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

In 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 16 September the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (resolution 49/114). Continue reading

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

an Asian woman helps an African man treat chickens at a poultry farmSouth-South cooperation, as an important element of international cooperation for development, offers viable opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition in their individual and collective pursuit of sustained economic growth and sustainable development.  Continue reading

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,calling 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.”  Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day: Become a Messenger of Humanity

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN invites you to be a Messenger of Humanity and stand up for humanity by amplifying a generation’s call for a better world! Continue reading

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Grand Chief Edward John, Vice Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples comes at a critical moment as the world endeavours to meet the Millennium Development Goals, forge a new vision for sustainable development and prepare the groundwork for the adoption of a new legal climate agreement – all by 2015. Continue reading

World Population Day

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment. Continue reading