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July 2020

VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20) [Postponed]

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Jamaica, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) decided to postpone the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean, originally scheduled to be held in Montego Bay in July 2020.

The VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas and the Caribbean will convene under the theme, ‘Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean,’ to raise awareness of the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the special challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).

As decided at the VI Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, in June 2018, the Forum will by hosted by Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to host a regional platform. The event is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (UNDRR AM).

dates: 8-10 July 2020 location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica www: https://www.eird.org/americas/pr2020/index.html

VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Jamaica, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) decided to postpone the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Jamaica is hosting the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean. The event will focus on the theme, "Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean." Participants will discuss the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including challenges facing Small Island Developing States.

Regional Platforms are recognized by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (A/RES/69/283) as critical mechanisms to monitor progress in its implementation at the regional level. They also play an instrumental role in the development of policies and strategies and in the advancement of knowledge and mutual learning at the regional level.

dates: 8-10 July 2020 location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica www: https://www.eird.org/americas/pr2020/index.html

World Population Day 2020

World Population Day, which calls attention to the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in 1989. It was an outgrowth of the interest generated by the 'Day of Five Billion,' which was observed on 11 July 1987.

date: 11 July 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/

Third Local and Regional Governments Forum on the 2030 Agenda

This event will take place virtually during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). 

The Forum will highlight the rapid actions local and regional governments have taken in preventing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through universal public service delivery and share examples of how they can act as the catalysts in the bottom-up transformation towards sustainability and resilience after the pandemic. The Forum will also emphasize the importance of multilevel governance, sound local finances, and decentralized cooperation and territorial cohesion in the aftermath of the outbreak.

This Forum will be coordinated by a broad group of partners, led by UN entities and partners, including the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN-Habitat and Local 2030, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments ensuring regional, gender and multi-sectoral balance.

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date: 13 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/local2030

Nelson Mandela International Day 2020

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 18 July as "Nelson Mandela International Day," in recognition of the contributions made by Nelson Mandela, the former South African President, to the culture of peace and freedom.

In the Resolution establishing this international day (A/RES/64/13), UNGA recognized Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity in: conflict resolution; race relations; promotion and protection of human rights; reconciliation; gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups; the fight against poverty; the promotion of social justice. The resolution also acknowledged his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

In December 2015, the UNGA decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be used to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society, and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance. It adopted (A/RES/70/175) the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and approved that they should be known as the "Nelson Mandela Rules."

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date: 18 July 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/index.shtml

August 2020

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2020

Indigenous peoples, today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and ways of life.

To raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1982.

date: 9 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

International Youth Day 2020

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) calling for 12 August tp be declared International Youth Day. 

The Day is commemorated every year to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. 

date: 12 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

World Humanitarian Day 2020

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. Last year, the Day focused on female humanitarians, sharing the stories of 24 women who had affected change in cities and towns and villages globally. 

date: 19 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldhumanitarianday.org/about/

September 2020

Climate Week NYC 2020

Climate Week NYC 2020 will be the major opportunity in 2020 for those with the power to halve emissions by 2030 to showcase climate action and find ways to do more. In light of postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual event will be one of the few international climate events taking place in 2020. It is hosted in association with the United Nations and the City of New York.

The Climate Week NYC official events program will comprise of both physical events in New York City as well as digital events from around the world. The 2020 program will be split into ten thematic areas: 

  • Clean Energy Transition; 
  • Transport and Infrastructure; 
  • Industry and Built Environment; 
  • Finance, Investment and Jobs; 
  • Food and Land Use; 
  • Nature and Science; 
  • US and International Policy; 
  • Youth, Public Mobilization and Justice; 
  • Sustainable Travel and Tourism; and 
  • Climate Impacts and Adaptation 

dates: 21-27 September 2020 location: virtual www: https://climateweeknyc.org/events-2020

Ninth European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

This event was expected to take place in the City of Mannheim. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mannheim2020 will be a virtual event. The event is co-hosted by ICLEI Europe.

The 2020 edition of this triennial conference on local sustainable development will seek to demonstrate the urgent need for local governments to assume responsibility for urban transformation and lead the way in guiding Europe towards a secure and sustainable future. 

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dates: 30 September - 2 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://conferences.sustainablecities.eu/mannheim2020/

October 2020

World Habitat Day 2020

World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future generations.

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the UN General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

The global observation of the World Habitat Day 2020 will be hosted by the city of Surabaya, in Indonesia.

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date: 5 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
https://urbanoctober.unhabitat.org/whd

International Day of Rural Women

This international day, established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Member States, in collaboration with the organizations of the UN and civil society, as appropriate, are urged to continue their efforts to implement the outcome of and to ensure an integrated and coordinated follow-up to UN conferences and summits, including their reviews, and to attach greater importance to the improvement of the situation of rural women, including indigenous women, in their national, regional and global development strategies.

date: 15 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020

This international day, held annually on 17 October, presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. 

Through resolution 47/196, adopted on 22 December 1992, the UN General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. 

date: 17 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

Climate Adaptation Summit 2020

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaptation Summit in October 2020.

Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary-General Anto?nio Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings in October 2020 at the Climate Adaption Summit.

The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by former UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

date: 22 October 2020 location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/event/climate-adaptation-summit-2020

World Cities Day 2020

The UN General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239.

The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

date: 31 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

December 2020

Human Rights Day 2020

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December (A/RES/423 (V)). The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on that day in 1948.

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date: 10 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

International Migrants Day 2020

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93).

The day was selected to mark the anniversary of the 1990 adoption by UNGA of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158).

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date: 18 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/migrants-day

February 2021

World Day of Social Justice 2021

On 26 November 2007, the UN General Assembly declared that, starting from the 63rd session of the Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice (A/RES/62/10).

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date: 20 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/social-justice-day

April 2021

International Mother Earth Day 2021

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity. 

The UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009.

date: 22 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day

May 2021

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021

In 2001, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Div..., adopted on 20 October 2005. These include: 

  1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture; 
  2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals; 
  3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; and
  4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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date: 21 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/cultural-diversity-day

June 2021

World Day Against Child Labour 2021

World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

This international day was launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002. 

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date: 12 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-la...

World Refugee Day 2021

The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards (A/RES/55/76).

World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

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date: 20 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/index.shtml

July 2021

2021 UN Food Systems Summit [Date TBD]

In 2021, on a date to be determined, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit with the aim of maximizing the co-benefits of a food systems approach across the entire 2030 Agenda and meeting the challenges of climate change. The Summit aims to provide a platform for ambitious new actions, innovative solutions, and plans to transform food systems and leverage these shifts to deliver progress across all of the SDGs. It is envisioned that the Summit will have objectives and outcomes including to:

  • Raise awareness of food systems' centrality to the entire sustainable development agenda, and the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in the wake of a global pandemic;
  • Align stakeholders around a common understanding and narrative of a food system framework as a foundation for concerted action, making food and food systems a more widespread issue for advocacy and action to achieve the 2030 Agenda;
  • Recognize the need for inclusivity and innovation in food systems governance and action;
  • Motivate and empower stakeholders who support food systems transformation through the development of improved tools, measurement, and analysis; and
  • Catalyze, accelerate, and enlarge bold action for the transformation of food systems by all communities, including countries, cities, companies, civil society, citizens, and food producers.

By delivering on these objectives, the 2021 Food Systems Summit provides an opportunity for us to review our choices and be bold on the outcomes we seek throughout the Decade of Action, and put the world on a new trajectory within a generation.

The Summit's Instagram account is here. The Twitter account is here.

date: 1 July 2021 [tentative] time: Date TBD location: TBA www: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/food-systems-summi...
https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/personnel-appointments/2...

Nelson Mandela International Day 2021

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 18 July as "Nelson Mandela International Day," in recognition of the contributions made by Nelson Mandela, the former South African President, to the culture of peace and freedom.

In the Resolution establishing this international day (A/RES/64/13), UNGA recognized Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity in: conflict resolution; race relations; promotion and protection of human rights; reconciliation; gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups; the fight against poverty; the promotion of social justice. The resolution also acknowledged his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

In December 2015, the UNGA decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be used to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society, and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance. It adopted (A/RES/70/175) the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and approved that they should be known as the "Nelson Mandela Rules."

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date: 18 July 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/index.shtml

October 2021

World Habitat Day 2021

World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future generations.

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the UN General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

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date: 4 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
https://urbanoctober.unhabitat.org/whd

December 2021

Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December (A/RES/423 (V)) — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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date: 10 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

International Migrants Day 2021

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93). 

The day was selected to mark the anniversary of the 1990 adoption by UNGA of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158).

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date: 18 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/migrants-day

April 2022

International Mother Earth Day 2022

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity. 

The UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009.

date: 22 April 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day

May 2022

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2022

In 2001, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Div..., adopted on 20 October 2005. These include: 

  1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture; 
  2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals; 
  3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; and
  4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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date: 21 May 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/cultural-diversity-day

June 2022

World Day Against Child Labour 2022

World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

This international day was launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002. 

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date: 12 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-la...

World Refugee Day 2022

The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards (A/RES/55/76).

World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

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date: 20 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/refugee-day