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19 August 2019 - 19 August 2019

Global

World Humanitarian Day

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. Today, millions of people around the world are affected by crises and need humanitarian assistance. Women and girls face especially difficult challenges in these situations. The risk of violence escalates, and their access to health care declines. More than half of all maternal deaths are believed to occur in fragile states and humanitarian settings. 

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12 August 2019 - 12 August 2019

Global

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. 

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11 July 2019 - 11 July 2019

Global

World Population Day

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

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20 June 2019 - 20 June 2019

United Nations Headquarters, New York

United Nations Population Award Ceremony

The United Nations Population Award, which every year honours an individual and/or institution for outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health questions, will be presented to the 2019 laureates on 20 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York.  This year's winners are the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia, in the institutional category, and Mamadou Tangara, in the individual category. 

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3 June 2019 - 6 June 2019

Vancouver, Canada

Women Deliver 2019

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference brings together experts, activists, leaders and policymakers to find solutions that promote gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women. It is a critical step on the road towards the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, where participants will make commitments to address the unfinished business of the International Conference on Population and Development.   

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2 June 2019 - 2 June 2019

Vancouver Convention Center, Room 110

Fourth Global Midwifery Symposium

The fourth Global Midwifery Symposium will take place in Vancouver, ahead of the Women Deliver conference. Co-hosted by the UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with other United Nations, civil society, and private sector partners, the symposium is calling for enabling environments that can transform maternal and newborn health, saving lives.

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23 May 2019 - 23 May 2019

Global

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. The condition typically leaves women incontinent, as well as subject to infections or other health conditions. Women with fistula are often shunned by their communities. The United Nations has observed the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula since 2013. The day, 23 May, is meant to raise awareness of this issue and mobilize support around the globe.

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5 May 2019 - 5 May 2019

Global

International Day of the Midwife

Midwives – and people with midwifery skills – are the main caregivers for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. Skilled midwives are the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women and infants every year. Yet there are massive midwife shortages around the world. UNFPA works at the global, regional and national level to scale up midwifery services, supporting training efforts and providing supplies and materials to midwifery institutions.  

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30 April 2019 - 30 April 2019

United Nations Headquarters, New York

15th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture

Featuring Ms. Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden The Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture series provides a unique forum for distinguished guest lecturers to discuss important aspects of population and development. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Ms. Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden. Her lecture will take place on Tuesday, 30 April 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Economic and Social Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

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1 April 2019 - 5 April 2019

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Commission on Population and Development, 52nd session

On 1 April, the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development will begin at United Nations Headquarters in New York.  The Commission is tasked reviewing progress made since the 1994 adoption of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, which established the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights to the well-being of people, communities and nations. 

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