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October 2010


International Day of Older Persons

Worldwide, 1 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Women make up a clear majority of the world's older persons, underscoring the need to recognize the different impact of ageing on women and men, to ensure full equality between them...
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International Day of Non-Violence

Worldwide, 2 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

All Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals are invited to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence and to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness...
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World Habitat Day

Worldwide, 4 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: UN-HABITAT

The UN has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all...
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Global Forum on Local Development:
Pursuing the MDGs through Local Government


Kampala, Uganda, 4-6 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Government of Uganda

The Global Forum on Local Development: Pursuing the MDGs through Local Government is a high-level event being convened by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda, and supported by a wide range of partners.

It will look at the role of local governments in fighting poverty, promoting local development and accelerating progress toward the MDGs. What concrete steps can local governments take - in partnership with central authorities, the private sector and communities - to advance the MDG agenda? How can local governments create innovative partnerships and tap into social and institutional resources to improve local conditions, livelihoods and well-being?

The Global Forum will bring together Heads of state and Government Ministers, as well as representatives of the donor community, international organizations, local governments, local government associations, academia, civil society and the private sector for three days of discussion and debate.

The Forum's participants include national governments, local governments, civil society, local government associations, donor partners, and researchers. While geographic representation will focus primarily on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), there will be several representatives from non-least developed countries sharing their insightful experiences in promoting local development through local government.

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CEDAW: 47th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Geneva, Switzerland, 4 - 22 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold its fortyfifth session from 4 - 22 October 2010.
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International Day of Rural Women

Worldwide, 15 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”


International Day of Rural Women - 15 October

World Food Day

Worldwide, 16 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: FAO

The right to food is the inherent human right of every woman, man, girl and boy, wherever they live on this planet...
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Worldwide, 17 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: The United Nations Millennium Campaign

The majority of poor people in the world are women. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.
> Read More about the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
> Go to www.standagainstpoverty.org




Global Open Day on Women, Peace and Security

UNHQ New York, 21 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Department of Political Affairs, UNIFEM (part of UN Women), UNDP

Marking the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), the Open Day event is the outcome of the Open Days on Peace and Security that were held throughout June and July in 25 countries (including DPKO missions). The open days, a jont project between DPKO, DPA, UNDP and UNIEM, presented an opportunity for women in civil society to meet with senior UN leadership as part of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of resolution 1325. A report highlighting the outcomes and UN responses to the requests from women will be officially launched at the event.
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United Nations Day

Worldwide, 24 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter - 24 October 1945 - has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements...
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Disarmament Week

Worldwide, 25 - 31 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2).
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Open Debate on Women and Peace and Security – 10th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325

UNHQ, New York, 26 October 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The Security Council under the Presidency of Uganda will hold an Open Debate on Women and Peace and Security – 10th anniversary of SCR 1325 on 26 October 2010.
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