Days in the quarter

International Day of Non-Violence 2 October

In 2007 the UN General Assembly resolved that the International Day of Non-Violence be observed each year on 2 Oct – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The aim is to promote a culture of peace, tolerance and non-violence, especially through education and public awareness, around the world. The Constitution of India, through the Fundamental rights, granted equality before the law to all citizens of India. It prohibits discrimination on the grounds of caste, religion, race, sex or birth and abolishes untouchability. India follows the values of truth and non violence applauded by Mahatma Gandhi decades ago.

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Global Handwashing Day
15 October

Each year, diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections are responsible for the deaths of more than
3.5 million children under the age of five.

Initiated in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies and individuals around the globe. The Global Handwashing Day on 15th October aims to
  • Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap.
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country.
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.
  • The main target for the programme are children and schools.
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World Food Day
16 October

World Food Day aims to create public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

In 1980, the General Assembly endorsed observance of the World Food Day in consideration of the fact that “food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity”.

The theme for this year “United Against Hunger” is chosen to recognize the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels.

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International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 6 November

On 5 November 2001, the United Nations General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (resolution 56/4). In taking this action, it considered that damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation. The Assembly also recalled the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which emphasized the necessity of working to protect our common environment.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3

Them:"Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond"

The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has
147 signatories
98 ratifications

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