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6 February 2018 - 6 February 2018


International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is internationally recognized as a human rights violation. UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. This day is observed to enhance awareness of the issue and to encourage concrete actions against the practice. Details

10 December 2017 - 10 December 2017


Human Rights Day

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

1 December 2017 - 1 December 2017


World AIDS Day

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. Millions of people are vulnerable to HIV infection, and AIDS remains a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and young adolescents. Stigma and discrimination continue to impede the realization of people’s rights, including access to essential information and services to prevent and treat HIV. Details

25 November 2017 - 25 November 2017


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

24 October 2017 - 24 October 2017


UN Day

UN Day celebrates the anniversary of the day the UN Charter entered into force in 1945. This founding treaty was initially signed in San Francisco, on 26 June 1945. It was ratified in October, marking the birth of the United Nations. The Preamble of the Charter lays out the UN's core aims: Details

17 October 2017 - 17 October 2017


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Details

11 October 2017 - 11 October 2017


International Day of the Girl Child

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution adopting 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Details

2 October 2017 - 5 November 2017


Young People's Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenge - Call for ideas

  UNFPA and OpenIDIO have launched a new crowd-sourcing challenge on Young People's Sexual and Reproductive Health. The question under investigation is: "How might we radically improve access to, and quality of, sexual and reproductive health education and services for young people?" From 2 October to 5 November, UNFPA and OpenIDIO have issued a call for solutions, open to anyone, anywhere in the world. Use your expertise and insights to help solve this critical challenge!  Details

1 October 2017 - 1 October 2017


International Day of Older Persons

Older people have always played a significant role in society, as leaders, caretakers and custodians of tradition. Yet they are also highly vulnerable, with many falling into poverty, becoming disabled or facing discrimination. As health care improves, the population of older people is growing. Their needs are also growing, as are their contributions to the world. UNFPA is supporting research into the phenomenon of global ageing, and is promoting the adoption of policies that support older people and meet their needs. Details

12 September 2017 - 25 September 2017

United Nations Headquarters, New York

The 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly

This September marks the beginning of the General Assembly's 72nd session, where UNFPA is hosting a variety of events to remind world leaders of the urgent needs of women and girls in crises. Among these events are: Rebuilding Shattered Lives and Communities: Chibok and Yazidi Girls, Women, held on 18 September from 1:15–2:30 p.m. in United Nations Conference Room 12. Details