International Day for Disaster Reduction

Secretary-General Ant—nio Guterres Walks through the local relief effort in Sabiya and meets with local authorities and community members during a multi-sector distribution Scenario: The delegation is received by Cassius Darroux, Minister for Kalinago Affairs, Charles Williams, Chief of Kalinago Territory, and Sylvanie Burton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who made a brief presentation about the socio-economic impact of Hurricane Maria in Kalinago Territory. The delegation interacts with the Jolly John Hamlet Development Committee in charge of organizing the local relief effort. The delegation will interact with the community during a multi-sector distribution (food, NFIs) at a walking distance from the landing site. Activities will include: Blanket distribution of three-day emergency food ration (Government/WFP) Psychosocial recreational activities for children (UNICEF) Blanket distribution of solar lamps and targeted distribution of kitchen and hygiene kits for affected populations with completely destroyed houses (IOM) Access to safe water and hygiene promotion (WHO/PAHO & UNICEF) Health surveillance and provision of medical kits and medicines (WHO/PAHO)

“We have had great success in reducing the number of lives lost to disasters, thanks to early warning systems, preparedness, and more efficient evacuations. Now we must focus on reducing human suffering and the number of people affected.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

International Day of the Girl Child


EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises

“Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.” UNESCO

World Teachers’ Day


“World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, teachers and experts in the field of teaching. With the adoption of SDG 4 on education, and the dedicated target 4.c recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the 2030 Education Agenda, it has become the occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession, like the acute shortage of teachers. Indeed, according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs 69 Million teachers if we are to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.” UNESCO

International Day of Peace


The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”

“Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. ” United Nations


International Literacy Day


“International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” United Nations

World Humanitarian Day


“Every year on World Humanitarian Day, we shine a spotlight on the millions of civilians around the world whose lives have been caught up in conflict. On this day we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the government employees, members of civil society and representatives of international organizations and agencies who risk their lives to provide humanitarian aid and protection.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

International Youth Day

Group of youth who are against weapons. Visit to United Nations Project Site Ð Conseil de dŽveloppement dÕAndohatapenaka, Conseil de DŽveloppement dÕAndohatapenaka

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

Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution S/RES/2250 (2015) in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda and in society more broadly, is key to building and sustaining peace.” United Nations

Nelson Mandela International Day


“Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.”

World Youth Skills Day


“Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts.

That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the labor market. But unfortunately, existing systems are failing to address the learning needs of many young people, and surveys of learning outcomes and skills show that a large number of youth have low levels of achievement in basic literacy and numeracy. Skills and jobs for youth feature prominently in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and SDG target 4.4 calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills.” United Nations

World Population Day

MINUSMA QIPs Project for the peace in Mali Project to create a farm for young people: MINUSMA supports young people through agriculture. The project is part of the promotion of youth employment in the city of Gao and the strengthening of youth resilience. Its main objective is to improve the conditions of the populations, to cover the needs of farmers to live and to curb the mass exodus of young people to the outside. In addition to raising poultry and market gardening, the association plans in the future to increase the farm by fish farming and the raising of small ruminants and cows.

“World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

By resolution 45/216 of December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development. ” United Nations

World Oceans Day


“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious framework which, together, we will use to address these threats and improve people’s lives. The World Oceans Day provides an important opportunity to advocate for a sustainable future.”
— António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

World Environment Day


“Without a healthy environment we cannot end poverty or build prosperity. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home: we can use less plastics, drive less, waste less food and teach each other to care.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres