International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place each year on 3 December 2011.
This year, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs requested the input of its partners and the general public for suggestions on a theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011. Many responses were received from both, the UN system and civil society. Now, for the first time, the Day will be commemorated under a general theme with supporting sub-themes to draw attention to key areas that would work in synergy to mainstream disability in all development processes.
The theme for 2011 is: "Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development".
posted date :Wednesday, November 02, 2011
World Food Day 2011
Since 1981 World Food Day has been a story of concern and action at all levels in communities around the world. For 65 years the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has been at work wherever its skills have been needed, and for 30 years the citizens of the world have been joining forces with FAO through the annual worldwide observance of World Food Day, on October 16th, to focus on FAO's efforts and to add their own impact in a myriad of ways.
posted date :Monday, October 10, 2011
World Animal Day 2011
World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
It is intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals. It is not restricted to any one nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology.
Launched in the UK on 4 October 2003, organisations, groups, animal shelters, places of worship, schools, clubs and individuals participated in what was to become an annual event and, quite simply, helped make history!
posted date :Saturday, September 24, 2011
World Carfree Day 2011
Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society.
But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to "normal" life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.
Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.
As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.
So take the time, browse the links and resources provided, and join in on the celebrations!
posted date :Thursday, September 22, 2011
International Coastal Cleanup 2011
All year long, organizations and individuals across the globe take part in Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup to remove trash and debris from the world's beaches and waterways, identify the sources of that debris, and change the behaviors that allow it to reach the ocean in the first place.
During the amazing signature event each September, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from countries all over the world spend a day picking up everything from cigarette butts and food wrappers to lost fishing nets and major appliances. Because trash travels to the ocean by way of storm drains and waterways, they don't just work along ocean beaches; these dedicated folks slog through mud and sand along lakes, streams, and rivers, too, often working far inland.
Many walk, while others set out on boats. Thousands more don scuba gear to seek trash below the water's surface. People of all ages, from any walk of life, can participate. Friends, families, neighbors, club members, grade school classes—all kinds of people turn out on one day to work together in spirit across many time zones.
posted date :Thursday, September 01, 2011
World Refugee Day 2011
World Refugee Day is officially observed on June 20th each year. This day honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence, as well as the people who have dedicated their lives to helping them.
This World Refugee Day, we encourage you to join the movement and get to know refugees and activists living in your community by hosting or attending a community awareness event. Find one near you, or start your own by visiting http://www.meetup.com/WorldRefugeeDay/.
posted date :Monday, June 20, 2011
World Oceans Day 2011
On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. Be a part of this growing global celebration! Thanks to The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network for helping to promote and coordinate this event since 2003.
More people take action to celebrate and protect our planet's ocean, which connects us all. In 2010 alone, over 300 events in 45 countries around the world were held in honor of World Oceans Day. Be a part of this global celebration by participating in or holding an event of your own to raise awareness and the ocean!
This June 8th, challenge yourself to make a 2011—2012 commitment to protect the ocean. The theme is about making lasting change and it's up to people like you to rise up and be the voice for the ocean all year long. This two year-long commitment can be anything you imagine.
posted date :Thursday, June 02, 2011
World Environment Day 2011
World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.
WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
This year, 2011, WED supports the UN's International Year of Forests with the theme, Forests: Nature at Your Service, which underscores the many essential life-sustaining values that forests provide and the intrinsic link between our quality of life and the health of forest ecosystems.
posted date :Wednesday, June 01, 2011
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