The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. In 2013, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment. The theme of this year's Human Rights Day is "20 Years Working for Your Rights."
Despite progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, one in three people do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, To address these issues, the “Sanitation for All” Resolution (A/RES/67/291) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2013, designating 19 November as World Toilet Day.
Migration in the context of globalization brings opportunities and challenges, which need to be addressed in a comprehensive fashion. This is why the UN is convening the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development from 3-4 October 2013.
The UN Secretary-General has identified in his second term working with and for young people as one of his top priorities. In this regard, he tasked the UN Volunteer Program to establish a Youth Volunteer Programme and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development to develop a System-Wide Action Plan on Youth. Moreover, he appointed Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan as his first ever Envoy on Youth.
In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution A/RES/67/105 designated the 5th of September, the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity.
In 2011, the General Assembly adopted resolution 66/124 and decided to convene a one-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability (HLMD) at the level of Heads of State and Government on 23 September 2013. Under the theme: “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, the HLMD will comprise of a plenary meeting and two consecutive informal interactive round tables.
On Thursday, 26 September 2013, all Member States are invited to participate at the highest political level in the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament.
The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012. The resolution recognizes the role of parents in the rearing of children and invites Member States to celebrate the Day in full partnership with civil society, particularly involving young people and children.
Obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable childbearing injury, result of prolonged, obstructed labour. International Day to End Obstetric Fistula proclaimed on 23 May raises awareness and intensifies actions towards ending obstetric fistula.
The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.
The International Day of Forests and the Tree is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” seeks to strengthen international community’s commitment to put an end to violence against women.
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March)
The annual observance of 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves as an opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system.
This year’s theme, “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation,” pays tribute to the emancipation of slaves in nations across the world.
Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.
This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is challenging all nations to end hunger in his lifetime. Nearly 870 million people are chronically undernourished and immediate action is need to tackle hunger. Eliminating hunger involves investments in agriculture, rural development, decent work, social protection and equality of opportunity.
The International Day of the Girl Child calls for recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
For its first observance, this year’s Day focuses on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life.
A redesigned site for one of the main organs of the United Nations, the Security Council, which has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. As well as providing the latest news from the Security Council and its President, the site offers quick and easy access to all Security Council resolutions, Presidential Statements and press releases. Records of Security Council meetings, past and present, and details on the Council’s subsidiary bodies can also be found on the new website.
The website also provides information on the work of the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political Affairs and highlights the substantive and logistical support provided to the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies as well as information on the research and guidance role played by the Division.