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11 October 2018 - 11 October 2018

Global

International Day of the Girl Child 2018

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.

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18 September 2018 - 25 September 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

The 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly is the chief policymaking of the United Nations. Composed all 193 Members of the United Nations, it is also the organization’s most representative body, providing a unique forum for discussions on the full range of international issues. This September marks the beginning of the General Assembly's 73rd session, where the United Nations will address issues of critical global importance. 

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19 August 2018 - 19 August 2018

Global

World Humanitarian Day 2018

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 2018 - 12 August 2018

Global

International Youth Day 2018

In 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 12 August as International Youth Day. 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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23 July 2018 - 27 July 2018

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

22nd International AIDS Conference

The 22nd International AIDS Conference brings together experts and advocates from around the world. Together, they will present new findings on HIV and its prevention, develop productive collaborations, and promote responses to the global epidemic that advance the dignity, human rights and health of those affected. 

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11 July 2018 - 11 July 2018

Global

World Population Day 2018

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. This year, on World Population Day, UNFPA will celebrate the theme "Family Planning is a Human Right."

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26 June 2018 - 26 June 2018

United Nations Headquarters, New York

UN 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, was presented to the 2018 Laureates on 26 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York.  This year's winners are Sir Prince Ramsey, a family physician from Antigua and Barbuda, as well as Save a Child's Heart (Israel) and The Guttmacher Institute (United States).

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23 May 2018 - 23 May 2018

Global

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2018

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. The condition "is silently robbing millions of women and girls of their health, hope and dignity," said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem in her statement marking the occasion.

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17 May 2018 - 17 May 2018

Global

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

This International Day calls on the world to respect sexual and gender diversity, and to uphold the right of all people to live free of violence, persecution, stigma and discrimination. UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem observed the day with a statement emphasizing that the organization “stands with all members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities worldwide.”

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5 May 2018 - 5 May 2018

Global

International Day of the Midwife 2018

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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