|DESA News Vol. 11, No. 12||December 2007|
New York, 3-6 December
Cairo, 3-6 December
62nd session, New York, 18 September-December
Dialogue on Development , New York, 6 December
19 November-15 December
Kampala, 5-8 December
Addis Ababa, 12-14 December
New York, 19 December
Bali, 3-14 December
Bali, 8 December
Rome, 10-12 December
Election of the Bureau for 2008, New York, 14 January
2008 regular session, New York, 21-30 January
Date to be determined
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme of the day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by General Assembly in 1982.
The theme for this year's observance is decent work for persons with disabilities. In societies everywhere, persons with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed than others. While there may be many reasons for this, one of the most pernicious is the misperception that persons with disabilities do not make good employees. Various speakers will attend events at United Nations Headquarters, while the Permanent Mission of Japan is sponsoring an evening concert in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium of a renowned touring group from Japan’s Institute of Piano Teachers and the Disabled Research Association.
For more information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=22&pid=109
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communication and transport, has greatly increased the number of people who have both the desire and the capacity to move. This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear link between migration and development.
In recognition of the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, 18 December is celebrated each year as International Migrants Day. Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.
For more information: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/events/migrants/
In the Millennium Declaration, world leaders identified solidarity as one of the fundamental values essential to international relations in the twenty-first century. Global challenges must be managed in a way that distributes the costs and burdens fairly in accordance with basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, the strengthening of international solidarity and cooperation is indispensable for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.
International Human Solidarity Day is a day to promote a culture of solidarity and spirit of sharing, celebrate unity in diversity, remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements, and encourage new initiatives to combat poverty.
For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social/intldays/IntSolidarity