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September 2009


Online Discussion on Gender-Equitable Local Development

Worldwide, 3 –21 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: UNIFEM and UNCDF

UNIFEM is pleased to announce the launch of an online discussion on Gender-Equitable Local Development, organized jointly by UNIFEM and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The outcome of this e-discussion will contribute to the development of a conceptual framework, guiding the implementation of a joint programme in Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. Contributions are welcome in English, Spanish and French.
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Virtual discussion on "Global Care Chains: Assessing the Situation and Policy Challenges"

Worldwide, 7 – 18 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: UN-INSTRAW

From 7 – 18 September 2009 UN-INSTRAW will be hosting the virtual discussion "Global Care Chains: Assessing the Situation and Policy Challenges". The discussion will be based on two of UN-INSTRAW’s working papers from the series “Global perspectives on the social organization of care in the care crisis” which we will be distributed later this week.
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International Literacy Day

Worldwide, 8 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

Despite many and varied efforts, literacy remains an elusive target: some 776 million adults lack minimum literacy skills which means that one in five adults is still not literate; 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

This year, International Literacy Day will put the spotlight on the empowering role of literacy and its importance for participation, citizenship and social development. Literacy and Empowerment is the theme for the 2009-2010 biennium of the United Nations Literacy Decade.

> UNESCO EduInfo: A life lived for education and women’s empowerment
> UNESCO: International Literacy Day 2009




Half the Sky - Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Panel discussion and book-signing with Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

New York, 15 September 2009

Host / Sponsor: UNODC and UN Bookshop

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with the United Nations Bookshop present:

"Half the Sky - TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE"
A panel discussion and book-signing


Tuesday, 15 September 2009, 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters (panel discussion)

Immediately followed by a book-signing at the United Nations Bookshop, Concourse Level, General Assembly building Panel discussion will focus on human trafficking and other issues affecting women featured in the book "Half The Sky".

Panel featuring:
- Opening remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
- NY Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
(authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide)
- Executive Director of the UNODC Antonio Maria Costa
- Additional panelist (tbc)


This event is open to the public with advance registration. To attend please email Monasebian@un.org
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Dialogue Days 2009 — 30 years with CEDAW

Stockholm, Sweden , 18 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs, National Committee for UNIFEM, Sweden

The National Committee for UNIFEM in Sweden, in cooperation with the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs, is hosting a conference to celebrate 30 years of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
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Global Climate Week

Worldwide, 21 – 25 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Global Climate Week is planned to coincide with the United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Summit on Climate Change on 22 September 2009.

This important week will be marked by synchronized activities in more than 100 cities to urge world leaders to seal a fair and effective climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.
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> Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change




International Day of Peace

Worldwide, 21 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire. Every year, people in all parts of the world honour peace in various ways on 21 September...
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Summit on Climate Change

New York, USA, 22 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a Summit on Climate Change – on 22 September 2009 – to focus Heads of State and Government on the need for urgent action, and to mobilize the highest level political will needed to reach a fair, effective, and scientifically ambitious global climate deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.

The Summit aims to advance the negotiations, but is not a negotiating session itself. It provides a forum where leaders can discuss fundamental issues, find common ground and provide guidance to their negotiators. The main outcome of the Summit will be captured in a Chair’s Summary.
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> Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change




The global development agenda: tools for gender-sensitive planning and implementation (online course)

Worldwide, 1 October to 4 December 2009; Applications are open from 25 to 30 September 2009.
Host / Sponsor: EC/UN Partnership on Gender Equality for Development and Peace, ITC/ILO

A second edition of the course "The global development agenda: tools for gender-sensitive planning and implementation" will be held in English online from 01 October to 04 December 2009. Applications are open from 25 to 30 September 2009.
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Annual discussion on the integration of gender perspective in the Human Rights Council’s work

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The 12th session of the Human Rights Council will take place from 14 September through 2 October 2009. The annual discussion on the integration of gender perspective in the Human Rights Council’s work will take place on 28 September 2009, 10am - 1pm local time.
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> Webcast




Consultation on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Protracted Crises and Recovery

Granada, Spain, 28 -30 September 2009
Host / Sponsor: UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Andalusian School of Public Health

A key forum on ways to meet the long-neglected sexual and reproductive health needs of people affected by protracted crises, such as conflicts, will be held from 28 to 30 September in Granada, Spain.

The event is being organized by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Andalusian School of Public Health.
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