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6 February 2017 - 6 February 2017


International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Watch, participate, take action Stay tuned for Facebook Live programming all day on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)! Listen to activists, survivors, young people, journalists and health experts speaking throughout the day about the reality of FGM and what you can do about it. Watch live at on Monday, 6 February. Details

10 December 2016 - 10 December 2016


Human Rights Day 2016

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to draw attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. Details

1 December 2016 - 1 December 2016


World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December every year. It aims to increase awareness of the disease, fight the stigma associated with it, improve HIV education, and mobilize resources for the global response to the epidemic. Details

25 November 2016 - 25 November 2016


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. This observance raises awareness of the continuing toll of gender-based violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Globally, it is estimated that one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Details

20 October 2016 - 20 October 2016


Launch of the 2016 State of World Population report

On 20 October, 2016, UNFPA launched its 2016 State of World Population report, 10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age.  Age 10 is the beginning of adolescence, when girls start to see life's possibilities expanding – or contracting. Whether these girls are given the ability to fulfil their potential will help determine whether the world is able to achieve the Sustainable Development GoalsDetails

11 October 2016 - 11 October 2016


International Day of the Girl Child

Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Details

1 October 2016 - 1 October 2016


International Day of Older Persons

Older persons are playing an increasingly significant role in society as they grow in number and as healthcare improves. However, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in 2014, “Discrimination and social exclusion persists” for older persons. “We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population," he said. Details

13 September 2016 - 26 September 2016

United Nations Headquarters, New York

The 71st Session of the UN General Assembly

Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. Details

19 August 2016 - 19 August 2016


World Humanitarian Day 2016

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. Today, more than 130.5 million people are affected by crisis and need humanitarian assistance. Sixty per cent of maternal deaths, 53 per cent of child deaths and 45 per cent of newborn deaths occur in fragile states and humanitarian settings. At least 1 in 5 female refugees or internally displaced persons are victims of sexual violence. Details

12 August 2016 - 12 August 2016


International Youth Day

12 August was designated as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in promoting human rights and development. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth. The theme of this year's International Youth Day is "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production."  Details