Main events calendar

  • 26 September 2022 - 26 September 2022
  • Global

World Contraception Day

At the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, the late Dr. Nafis Sadik, former UNFPA Executive Director and architect of the landmark ICPD Programme of Action delivered an oft-quoted truth: “Healthy families are created by choice, not by chance.” In Cairo, delegates from 179 governments affirmed the Programme of Action, which recognized reproductive health and rights – including voluntary family planning – as foundational to development, and that women’s empowerment and gender equality are necessary for societies to advance. 

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  • 23 September 2022 - 23 September 2022
  • New York

Claiming bodily autonomy to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights

On the margins of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, UNFPA and partners will host a high-level panel event to take stock of most pressing issues surrounding bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights since ICPD25 and Beijing 25 at the Generation Equality Forum. During the High Level Political Forum, Member States reviewed status on SDG5 and took stock of progress on targets related to health and reproductive rights, gender-based violence and harmful practices, and losses resulting from  the COVID19 pandemic. The conclusion was that much more investment and action is needed to accelerate progress towards improving gender equality, bodily autonomy and SRHR, and building resilience and resistance in the face of global pushback on women’s rights.

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  • 21 September 2022 - 21 September 2022
  • New York

18th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture

The Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture series provides a unique forum for distinguished guest lecturers to discuss important aspects of population and development.

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  • 04 September 2022 - 04 September 2022
  • Global

World Sexual Health Day

Sexual health is an integral part of human health. It’s not just about the absence of disease; it’s a matter of holistic well-being – physical, mental, emotional – that enables a person to fulfil their potential and enjoy life. Sexual health is about caring for ourselves and each other, and celebrating our bodies’ capacities, including the capacity for pleasure. It’s about relationships built upon mutual trust and respect, and creating a place of safety from which we can express ourselves, explore and connect with others.

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  • 31 August 2022 - 31 August 2022
  • Global

International Day for People of African Descent

People of African descent light the world. The second International Day for People of African Descent honours their contributions, celebrates the richness of their diverse cultures, promotes respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and reinforces commitments to end racism and all forms of racial discrimination. 

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  • 29 August 2022 - 01 September 2022
  • UN Headquarters

Executive Board of UNFPA: Second regular session 2022

The Executive Board holds its second regular session, with the UNFPA segment scheduled for 31 August. It will be the last session for 2022.

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  • 19 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
  • Global

World Humanitarian Day

Our world is grappling with multiple and intersecting crises: Violent conflicts, many of them years-long. Intensifying droughts, extreme weather and epidemics as climate change progresses unabated. Political and economic upheavals after two years of COVID-19. More people than ever before need humanitarian assistance. Over 100 million now live in forced displacement, and 345 million face acute food insecurity.

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  • 12 August 2022 - 12 August 2022
  • Global

International Youth Day

1.21 billion. That’s how many young people between 15 - 24 inhabit the earth – 15.5 per cent of the global population, according to estimates in the 2020 United Nations World Youth Report. To better the world they stand to inherit, this socially conscious group has unleashed their collective will and might, raising their voices to demand that companies and governments address such issues from gender, racial and socioeconomic inequality to climate change.

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  • 09 August 2022 - 09 August 2022
  • Global

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous women have always been leaders in their communities. This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, celebrated on 9 August, focuses on their vital role in preserving and transmitting Indigenous scientific and technical knowledge. Indigenous knowledge comprises complex, dynamic systems of knowledge and ways of knowing developed by Indigenous peoples across the world, through their long histories of interacting with and adapting to their environments. 

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  • 14 July 2022 - 14 July 2022
  • UN Headquarters, CR 2

Equalizing Opportunities for Women and Girls Through Innovation

This year’s High- Level Political Forum theme is “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. In this context, the Government of Luxembourg, the Government of Finland, the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are organizing the high-level side event “Equalizing Opportunities for Women and Girls through Innovation”. The event draws attention to the need for innovative solutions to advance gender equality, build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030.

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