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March 2019

#AfricaTalks: How do women drive change in Africa?

March 8

On International Women’s Day, we focus on the vital role played by women in shaping Africa’s future. Three powerful women will share their ideas and experiences of how small steps combined with bold ideas are making a sustainable continent from the inside out. On this special day we are launching AfricaTalks, a HagueTalks-inspired platform for dialogue, by Africans, for everyone. This platform inspires positive social action and will be a meeting point for creative minds, peace inventors and game changers…

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World Water Day

March 22

Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. 2018 Theme: Nature for Water This year’s theme explores how we can…

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April 2019

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

April 6

Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. But one may wonder: what does sport have to do with the United Nations? In fact, sport presents a natural partnership for the United Nations (UN) system. Sport as a Fundamental Right The right of access to, and participation in, sport and play has long been recognised in a number of international conventions. In 1978, UNESCO described sport…

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International Mother Earth Day

April 22

Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit. The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. In order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth. International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to…

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May 2019

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

May 29

2018 Theme: “UN Peacekeepers: 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice” The theme for the 2018 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “70 Years of Service and Sacrifice.” The Day, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the contributions of uniformed and civilian personnel to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,700 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 129 who died last year. This year, the United Nations…

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