Days in the quarter

UN World Population Day, 11 July 2009

This year’s Population day theme ‘Fight Poverty: Educate Girls’ is a chance to build awareness of the importance of educating girls to a wide range of development issues, including poverty, human rights and gender equality. Investments in education and health for women and girls have been linked to increases in productivity, agricultural yields, and national income.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is celebrated on August 9 each year to recognize the first UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations meeting in Geneva in 1982. The day aims to strengthen international cooperation for solving problems faced by indigenous peoples in areas such as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, and social and economic development. This year’s theme focuses on ‘Indigenous Peoples and HIV/AIDS’.

“Indigenous peoples also tend to suffer from the low standards of health associated with poverty, malnutrition, environmental contamination and inadequate healthcare. With that in mind, this year’s observance of the International Day focuses on the threat of HIV/AIDS. It is essential that indigenous peoples have access to the information and infrastructure necessary for detection,
treatment and protection.”
- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations

International Youth Day, 12 August

The day provides an opportunity to focus the world’s attention on issues like education, employment, the environment, health and drug use that are important to young people. This day also provides chance to young people to voice their concerns and encourage them to
continue to contribute to society.

The theme of this year’s International Youth Day – “Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future” – is a global call to action for young men and women.

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International Literacy Day, September 8

The international literacy day was proclaimed on 8th September 1967, as one of the recommendations of the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy, in Tehran, Iran. This years theme ‘the power of literacy’ puts spotlight on the empowering role of literacy and its importance for participation, citizenship and development.

‘Literacy and Empowerment’ is also the theme for the 2009-2010 biennium of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012).

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International Day of Democracy, 15 September 2009

On 8 November 2007, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 15 September as the International Day of Democracy, inviting Member States, the United Nations system and other regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to commemorate the Day.

This year’s commemoration is the second International Day of Democracy, which provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.

The ideals of democracy can be made into reality and enjoyed by all only when there is full participation of and support by the international community, the national governing bodies, civil society and individuals.
Democracy is not only an end in itself; it contributes powerfully to economic and social progress, international peace and security and respect for fundamental rights and
- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations

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