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July 2012

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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30th anniversary of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Conference Room 3B, North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters (45th Street and 1st Avenue), 11:00-13:00 EDT, 9 July 2012
Host / Sponsor: UN Women, OHCHR

UN Women and OHCHR will host an event on Monday, 9 July to mark the 30th anniversary of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

The event will highlight the Committee's work on the protection and promotion of women's human rights under the Convention and will include a special focus on women's political participation and leadership.

Statements will be delivered by:

  • Ms. Silvia Pimentel, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
  • Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • H.E. Ms. Dilma Rouseff, President of Brazil delivered by Ms. Eleonora Menicucci de Oliveira, Minister of Policies for Women (Brazil)
  • Ms. Shanthi Dairiam, Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Women's Rights

An interactive panel discussion will follow on women's political participation and leadership moderated by Mr. Ivan Šimonovic, Assistant Secretary-General, New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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World Population Day

Worldwide, 11 July 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day.

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Family Planning Summit: Reproductive Health High-level Meeting in the UK

United Kingdom, 11 July 2012
Host / Sponsor: DFID (Department for International Development) + Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with participation by other partners (including technical assistance from USAID), are sponsoring a high-level event in London on World Population Day, 11 July, to galvanize political commitment and financial resources from developing countries, donors, the private sector, civil society and other partners to meet the family planning needs of women in the world's poorest countries by 2020. The ultimate goal is to ensure women in developing countries have the same access to life-saving family planning information, services, and supplies as women in developed countries.

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XIX International AIDS Conference

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C., USA, 22-27 July 2012
Host / Sponsor: International AIDS Society

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. The AIDS 2012 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an opportunity for professional development and networking.

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Online Discussion: CSW 57

Online, Worldwide, 23 July - 3 August 2012
Host / Sponsor: UN Women

Between 23 July – 3 August 2012, a dynamic online discussion will bring together Civil Society Organisations and experts who work on violence against women around the world. By checking in online during the two weeks, they will answer questions and share thoughts on best practices, gaps and challenges in this field.

Findings from these inputs will be used by UN Women to inform two UN Secretary-General's reports for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women and guide the discussion of CSW members. They will also be published online in a report on the key themes of the discussion.

UN Women encourages and welcomes all those who work in this field to take part in the consultation, contribute your views and experiences, and help to enrich the discussion that will feed into CSW 57.

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Create UNAOC 2012 Challenge: An international competition for app and game developers

Worldwide, 27 July-30 November 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the MIT Education Arcade, and Learning Games Network

As part of the international competition Create UNAOC 2012, The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the MIT Education Arcade, and Learning Games Network is seeking app and game developers to produce apps and mobile games that enable new avenues for intercultural dialogue.

The aim of the project is to identify opportunities through innovative tools that promote intercultural dialogue, drawing on unique cultural resources and experiences of developers around the world. Five finalist apps and games will be selected by an international jury, awarded funds for producers to refine their creations and played by delegates of the 5th Annual UNAOC Forum in Vienna, Austria, 27-28 February 2013. The global competition will accept submissions through the end of November 2012.

The UNAOC and its organizing partners want to encourage developers to think of ways that new apps and games can be used to support such pursuits as gender equality, youth development, migrant integration, religious pluralism, better understanding among individuals of different cultural and religious backgrounds, biased media representation of cultures and religions, and education.

Developers may register to participate in the competition between 27 July and 30 November 2012 at http://www.CreateUNAOC.org.

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