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August 2008


3-8 August 2008
Mexico City

Host / Sponsor: UNIFEM is organizing or co-organizing a number of events during the XVII International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference, which takes place every two years, will be held in Mexico City this year on 3–8 August 2008. This year's theme, “Universal Action Now,” underscores the continued urgency of the pandemic and reminds us of the responsibility we have to take individual and collective action.

More than 25,000 participants and 3,000 members of the media are expected to attend the conference, including scientists, health care providers, political, community and business leaders, journalists, government, non-governmental and intergovernmental representatives, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

As in previous years, UNIFEM will participate in the conference and organize a number of events at the conference.
> UNIFEM at AIDS 2008
> UNAIDS at AIDS 2008
> UNFPA at AIDS 2008
> UNESCO at AIDS 2008
> WHO at AIDS 2008

Where's the Power in Women's Empowerment?

4 August 2008
Bangkok, Thailand

Host / Sponsor: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is holding a forum, entitled “Where's the Power in Women's Empowerment?” at which leading experts from the Research Programme Consortium on Women's Empowerment in Muslim Contexts will share their views and analyses.
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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

9 August 2008, worldwide
(As the International Day falls on a Saturday, the Day will be observed at UN Headquarters on Friday 8 August 2008)
Host / Sponsor: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

In 1994, the General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year during the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (Resolution 49/214 of 23 December). The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Indigenous women have always been part of their peoples’ struggles, whether nationally or at international fora. There is a legacy of extraordinary women, who came to the UN since the very first year of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, in 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues indigenous women participate in great numbers and have a strong voice.
> International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
> Indigenous Women

International Youth Day

12 August 2008

Host / Sponsor: UN Division for Social Policy and Development

The General Assembly on 17 December 1999 in its resolution 54/120, 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.

The Assembly recommended that public information activities be organized to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995 (resolution 50/81).
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Blog on the High-Level Event on MDGs

26 August - 26 September 2008, worldwide

The UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly will convene a High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals at UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2008. At the halfway point towards 2015, while significant progress has been made, accelerated efforts are needed by all stakeholders to meet the goals. The High-level Event will be a forum for world leaders to review progress, identify gaps, and commit to concrete plans and resources. By asking world leaders to announce their specific action oriented proposals, the High-level Event will help accelerate implementation and follow-through.

As a part of preparatory work for the upcoming High-Level Event, UNDESA and UNDP, with the support from the MDG Network and the UNDG MDG Policy Network, are launching a Blog on MDGs. Overall, this Blog aims to:

  1. Promote participation and inclusiveness;
  2. Foster partnerships among stakeholders – across all sectors – for the achievement of MDGs; and
  3. Promote awareness on the status and trends of the development goals and inspire concrete action to achieve the MDGs by 2015.
The themes covered by this Blog are drawn from the Secretary-General’s background note "Committing to action: Achieving the MDGs", which consist of: (1) poverty and hunger; (2) health and education; (3) environmental sustainability; (4) gender equality and empowerment of women; and (5) global partnership for development.

It is intended that the Blog will break the barrier of physical distance and hierarchy, accommodating active participation and drawing various insights from all over the world. Your opinions and advice are critical to enrich the upcoming discussions. Upon the conclusion of the Blog, a brief summary of the discussions will be put forward to be considered by the Co-Chairs and Thematic Experts of the round tables at the High-Level Event on MDGs.

Everyone is invited to contribute!

The MDG blog will run from 26 August until the 26 September 2008.

To participate, login and register at:

For more information, please contact: MDG Network and UNDG MDG Policy Network

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