Main events calendar

  • 23 May 2022 - 23 May 2022
  • Global

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

It’s easy to ignore things you don’t know anything about. Obstetric fistula is one of those things. But it’s a devastating childbirth injury to women who experience it, usually fatal to unborn babies (90 per cent of cases end in stillbirth) and – here’s the encouraging news – not only treatable but preventable.

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  • 17 May 2022 - 17 May 2022
  • Global

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The statement “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” appears in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and though the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the document as a “common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations” in 1948, it wasn’t until 1990 that homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organization. (It did so on 17 May, hence the date of the observance.)

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  • 05 May 2022 - 05 May 2022
  • Global

International Day of the Midwife

This year, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), which began as the International Midwives Union in Belgium, turns a century old, so what better theme for International Day of the Midwife than “100 Years of Progress.”  

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  • 25 April 2022 - 29 April 2022
  • UN Web TV

Commission on Population and Development, 55th session

The theme of the 55th session of the Commission on Population and Development is “Population and sustainable development, in particular sustained and inclusive economic growth,” which will provide an opportunity to explore human capital development, women’s economic empowerment, inequalities and investing in health and social protection systems – all important issues to UNFPA. 

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  • 07 April 2022 - 07 April 2022
  • Global

World Health Day

The climate crisis is the biggest health threat to humankind, says the World Health Organization, which puts the number of deaths attributable to environmental causes each year at more than 13 million. The theme for this year’s World Health Day is “Our Planet, Our Health.”

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  • 25 March 2022 - 25 March 2022
  • YouTube

Rhythms of Resistance

UNFPA is once more partnering with the UN Department of Global Communications and UNESCO for an online cultural event in celebration of the International Day of Remembrance of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. This year the day is celebrated under the theme - "Stories of Courage, Resistance to Slavery and Unity against Racism."

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  • 14 March 2022 - 25 March 2022
  • UN WebTV

Commission on the Status of Women

The 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will focus on “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.”  

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  • 08 March 2022 - 08 March 2022
  • Worldwide

International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day we focus on women and girls living in crisis situations in a world full of conflicts.

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  • 17 February 2022 - 17 February 2022
  • Zoom

Global Disability Summit 2022

The International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Government of Norway and the Government of Ghana will host the second Global Disability Summit, a global gathering to accelerate and mobilize efforts for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the principle of “Leave No One Behind” and building back better and more inclusive in regard to COVID-19. The summit is intended to further accelerate much-needed progress and lead to concrete political commitments toward fulfilling the rights of persons with disabilities worldwide. To achieve lasting change, the summit fosters collaboration among Member States, multilateral organizations and civil society to realize action and active participation of persons with disabilities themselves.

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