Main events calendar

  • 03 December 2021 - 03 December 2021
  • Global

International Day of Persons With Disabilities

A June survey from online publication Disability Horizons and disability rights organization Leonard Cheshire reported that 14 per cent of people with disabilities experienced online hate crime. And along with disability rights organization United Response, Leonard Cheshire also said online abuse of people with disabilities in England and Wales spiked 52 per cent under lockdown. 

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  • 01 December 2021 - 02 December 2021
  • Sofia, Bulgaria

Ministerial Conference on Demographic Resilience: Pathways for Societies to Thrive in a World of Rapid Demographic Change

The hybrid online/in-person Ministerial Conference on Demographic Resilience aims to contribute to strengthening the capacity of countries in Europe and Central Asia to respond to the profound demographic shifts the region is experiencing.

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  • 01 December 2021 - 01 December 2021
  • Global

World AIDS Day

The first part of the theme for this year’s World AIDS Day – “End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics” – could address a host of the world’s ills.  The world has seen the ways inequality has played out during the COVID-19 pandemic: who contracts the disease, who has access to vaccines and medical care and testing, who can’t work for home or who loses their job because of the pandemic’s effects on the economy, who has an underlying condition that makes them more vulnerable to the coronavirus – the list goes on. 

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  • 25 November 2021 - 25 November 2021
  • Global

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

We know that among the brutal consequences of the pandemic is the upsurge of gender-based violence – lockdowns trapped women indoors with their abusers. Those same lockdowns caused spikes in online use, and with it digital violence. It takes on many nefarious forms: non-consensual sharing of intimate images, cyberstalking, online trafficking, sexual harassment and exploitation, hate speech and doxxing (unauthorized publishing of personal information such as addresses and telephone numbers). 

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  • 15 November 2021 - 15 November 2021
  • Global

Second Anniversary of Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

In 1994, the landmark International Conference on Population and Development fundamentally changed the way we look at our societies. It put people, rights and choices at the centre of sustainable development. In 2019, people from 172 countries met at the landmark Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 to accelerate progress on these promises. 

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  • 24 October 2021 - 24 October 2021
  • Global

UN Day

The events over the past year have shown that the world’s nations must act together as our future is a shared one. What happens in one country is not limited to within its borders.  

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  • 11 October 2021 - 11 October 2021
  • Global

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 around the world face realizing them. UNFPA works to protect the health and rights of adolescent girls through access to sexual and reproductive health counselling, information and services; comprehensive sexuality education; and through encouraging girls' empowerment and participation in the decisions that most affect them. UNFPA also works with boys and men to advance gender equality, and to encourage the abandonment of harmful practices and stereotypes.

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  • 27 September 2021 - 27 September 2021
  • YouTube

Because Everyone Counts: Universal vital registration to leave no one behind

This virtual side event of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly marks the first public announcement of the transfer of the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems (CoE) - founded in 2015 and hosted to date at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - to UNFPA. The transition underscores a growing partnership between UNFPA, IDRC, Global Affairs Canada and the Global Financing Facility (GFF), to expand the reach of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) technical support worldwide. In hosting the CoE, UNFPA will build on the high standards of global leadership and technical cooperation set by IDRC, and aim to extend the reach of the CoE’s expertise, tools, and guidance to a larger number of countries. 

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  • 22 September 2021 - 22 September 2021
  • UN General Assembly

DURBAN DECLARATION AND PROGRAMME OF ACTION 20th Anniversary of the Adoption

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  • 13 September 2021 - 13 September 2021
  • Geneva

High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called the international community to join him in Geneva, in person and virtually, on Monday 13 September to express solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and pledge tangible support to address their critical humanitarian needs.

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