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June 2012

Discussion on Gender Equality and Climate Change

Online, 29 May - 8 June 2012
Hosts / Sponsors: Wikigender, Gendernet (OECD)

The Wikigender/Gendernet online discussion will kick off on 29 May and last until 8 June. As the Wikigender community, your comments will be collated into a summary report and presented at the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Gendernet meeting as an introduction to the 14 June workshop on gender equality, climate change and green growth.

The primary objective of the Gendernet workshop in Paris is to increase Gendernet members' understanding of issues related to climate change and green growth in developing countries so that they can better advise on the gender equality/women's empowerment dimensions of agency approaches to these issues.

This Wikigender discussion provides an opportunity for researchers, donors, civil society, Wikigender partners and interested public to provide their insights into this issue by responding to the following question: How can gender equality be better integrated into climate change policies and programmes in order to ensure sustainable development?

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Thank a Peacekeeper Campaign

Online, 29 May - 21 September 2012
Hosts / Sponsors: Better World Campaign, UN Foundation

In recognition of the more than 120,000 United Nations peacekeepers working to promote peace and security worldwide, the Better World Campaign launched its 2012 "Thank a Peacekeeper" campaign. The campaign commences in anticipation of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on 29 May, and will collect messages of thanks from people around the world through 21 September — the International Day of Peace.

Please visit the Better World Campaign website and watch the related peacekeeping video and send a letter of thanks to United Nations Peacekeepers.

> Read more and thank a UN Peacekeeper

UN General Assembly Cultural Event

GA Hall, New York, 7:00pm EST, 6 June 2012
Host / Sponsor: UN General Assembly

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, is hosting a Special Cultural Event in the GA Hall on Wednesday 6 June, featuring the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO), with the aim of promoting UN Women and specifically boosting support for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Read more »

Watch the concert live via UN Webcast at 7pm EST at http://webtv.un.org/

Join the Conversation with @UN_Women on Twitter using #GAPresidency

Gender and Organizational Change [workshop]

Worldwide, 11-15 June 2012
Host / Sponsor: International Training Centre, ITC-ILO

How can organizations become gender responsive and transformative? Analyze success stories (and the barriers!), and go deeper by looking at gender as part of an organizational change management strategy rather than a stand-alone item on the agenda. A 25 per cent discount on the tuition fees may apply if an institution sends at least 3 participants for this training activity.

Application deadline: 4 May 2012

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> Application form

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

New York, USA, 15-28 June 2012
Host / Sponsor: Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival features a number of films that bear witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people. Each year, the festival's programming committee screens more than 500 films and videos to create a program that represents a range of countries and issues.

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World Refugee Day

Worldwide, 20 June 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries. The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June. This year's theme is "Refugees have no choice. You do."

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Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.

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International Widow's Day

Worldwide, 23 June 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

In December 2010, the General Assembly declared 23 June as International Widows' Day (A/RES/65/189). The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2011, to observe International Widows' Day on 23 June each year, and called upon Member States, the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, within their respective mandates, to give special attention to the situation of widows and their children.

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Call for Communications: Allegations of human rights violations affecting the status of women

Worldwide, 26 June - 1 August 2012
Host / Sponsor: CSW

Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information on alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country. Examples of claims include arbitrary arrests of women, domestic violence, unfair employment practices and discrimination against women under immigration and nationality laws.

The deadline to submit such communications is 1 August 2012.

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