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September 2010


International Literacy Day: "The Power of Women's Literacy"

Worldwide, 8 September 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

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: girls still account for more than half of the 67.4 million out-of-school children in the world, and two-thirds of the 796 million adult illiterates are female.

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Expert group meeting on good practices in national action plans on violence against women

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 13-15 September 2010
Host / Sponsor: UN Division for the Advancement of Women, now part of UN Women, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)/Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean

The expert group meeting on good practices for the development and implementation of national action plans on violence against women, will be held at ECLAC/Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 13-15 September 2010.
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Millennium Development Goals Summit 2010

UNHQ New York, USA, 20 - 22 September 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.

Coming amid mixed progress and new crises that threaten the global effort to halve extreme poverty, “the summit will be a crucially important opportunity to redouble our efforts to meet the Goals,” he said, referring to the targets adopted at the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, aimed at slashing poverty, hunger, disease, maternal and child deaths and other ills by a 2015 deadline.

“Our world possesses the knowledge and the resources to achieve the MDGs” the Secretary-General stated in his report in preparation for the September summit. “Our challenge today is to agree on an action agenda to achieve the MDGs.”
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International Day of Peace

Worldwide, 21 September 2010
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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Expert group meeting on gender, science and technology

Paris, France, 28 September - 1 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: UN Division for the Advancement of Women (now part of UN Women) in collaboration with the UNESCO

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2010-2014, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will consider ‘Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work’ as its priority theme during its fifty-fifth session in 2011.

In order to contribute to a fuller understanding of the issue and to assist the Commission in its deliberations, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW, now part of UN Women) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will convene an expert group meeting (EGM) on ‘Gender, science and technology’ from 28 September to 1 October 2010 in Paris, France.
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