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September 2012

World Urban Forum 6

Naples, Italy, 1-7 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: UN-Habitat and Partners

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. In the space of a few short years, the Forum has turned into the world's premier conference on cities. Since the first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002, the Forum has grown in size and stature as it travelled to Barcelona in 2004, Vancouver 2006, Nanjing in 2008 and Rio de Janeiro in 2010.

This year the southern Italian city of Naples hosts the sixth session of the World Urban Forum. Scheduled for the first week of September 2012, the theme of the Forum will be The Urban Future.

The Forum brings together government leaders, ministers, mayors, diplomats, members of national, regional and international associations of local governments, non-governmental and community organizations, professionals, academics, grassroots women's organizations, youth and slum dwellers groups as partners working for better cities.

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ITC-ILO course on gender equality for development effectiveness

Turin, Italy, 3-7 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: ITC-ILO

This workshop is designed to meet the needs of those who are responsible for designing and implementing development policies and programmes, and wish to make sure that they truly advance gender equality priorities, at national and international level.

It is particularly useful for representatives from:

  • Ministries of Finance, Planning and other line Ministries who wish to improve the gender-sensitivity of development programmes
  • national institutions responsible for the advancement of gender equality and women's empowerment
  • international development agencies
  • NGOs who wish to influence the national and international development agenda

The participation fees (2,000 euros) covers tuition as well as full board and lodging (6 nights) at the ITC-ILO campus. Some partial fellowships covering up to 50% of the course price are available for nationals from developing countries.

Deadline to apply: 9 July 2012

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Fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Making the CRPD count for Women and Children

United Nations, New York, 12-14 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that "The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention." Since 2008, four sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The theme of the fifth session is "Making the CRPD count for Women and Children". The following are the sub-themes of the Conference: "Technology and Accessibility", "Children with Disabilities" and "Women with Disabilities".

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Expert Group Meeting: Prevention of violence against women and girls

Bangkok, Thailand, 17-20 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: UN Women, ESCAP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2010-2014, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will consider 'Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls" as its priority theme during its fifty-seventh session in 2013.

In order to contribute to a full understanding of the issue and to assist the Commission in its deliberations, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO), will convene an Expert Group Meeting on prevention of violence against women and girls, at Bangkok, Thailand, from 17 to 20 September 2012.

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UN General Assembly, 67th Session

United Nations, New York, 18 September-31 December 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. The Assembly meets in regular session from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.

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United Nations Tweet-a-Thon on the Rule of Law

Worldwide, 1-3pm EDT, 18 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

On Tuesday, September 18th, OHCHR, UN Women, UNICEF, UN Department for Political Affairs, UNDP, UNODC, UN Office of Legal Affairs, UN Peacekeeping, UNHCR as well as other UN entities and staff around the world will join forces to highlight one of the core values of the United Nations as the General Assembly opens its 67th Session – building peace through the rule of law. Two hours before the annual gathering of world leaders in New York begins, UN staffers will issue live tweets and interact with Twitter users around the globe to raise awareness of the UN's work to build justice and security around the world.

The first High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly dedicated solely to the rule of law will take place on September 24. It builds on the discussions at the 2005 World Summit, which recognized the rule of law as a universal core value of the United Nations.

Get involved!

  • Join the conversation & use #Rol4Peace in your tweets
  • Help us spread the word by posting this tweet to your account Tuesday, September 18 at 1pm: "Starting now: @UN Twitter Marathon on building justice & security worldwide - follow #RoL4Peace! #UNGA"

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International Day of Peace: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

United Nations, Worldwide, 21 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year, world leaders, together with civil society, local authorities and the private sector, met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to renew political commitment to long term sustainable development. It is in the context of the Rio+20 Conference that "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" is the theme chosen for this year's observance of the International day of Peace. There can be no sustainable future without a sustainable peace. Sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development.

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High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law, 24 September 2012

United Nations, New York, 24 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The High-level Meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 2012. This is a unique occasion for all Member States, non-governmental organisations and civil society represented at the highest level, to discuss and agree a forward looking agenda on strengthening the rule of law.

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> Side Event - Finland, South Africa and UN Women: Access to Justice for Women, 24 September, 1:15 - 2:45 pm

Strengthening Women's Access to Justice

Ambassador's Riverview, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 1:15-2:45pm EDT, 24 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: Finland, South Africa, UN Women

As the world leaders gather for the 67th General Assembly to discuss the Rule of Law, Finland, South Africa and UN Women wish to encourage all Member States, the United Nations system, regional organizations, and civil society to focus on strengthening women's access to justice.

The aim of this meeting is to invite participants to make concrete commitments to action and highlight initiatives to address key challenges in women's access to justice, for example in the areas of legal reform, women's rights and access to justice within traditional and informal justice systems, or in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

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Preventing sexual and gender based crimes in conflict and securing justice for survivors

Conference Room 6, North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters, New York, 11:15am–12:30pm EDT, 25 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, UN Women, Nobel Women's Initiative, Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, UN Women, the Nobel Women's Initiative and the Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict will co-organize a high level discussion on "Preventing sexual and gender based crimes in conflict and securing justice for survivors".

Notable participants will include UK Foreign Minister, the Rt.Hon. William Hague and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, Zainab Bangura other distinguished guests will include women Nobel Peace Laureates, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee and Jody Williams.

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UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP Joint Programme: Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel,The Riverview Room, 28th floor, New York, 1:00pm–2:45pm EDT, 27 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP

In support of rural women's economic empowerment UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP have agreed to spearhead a more comprehensive UN system response through joint actions. The launch of these joint actions, in the format of a 5-year pilot programme, will take place on the occasion of the 67th UN General Assembly. The launch event will provide a high-level forum to feature champions, supporters and other individuals dealing with rural women's empowerment at the local, national or international level.

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> Joint efforts to empower rural women

GA side-event: Securing the Future We Want: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability

Conference Room 6, North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters, New York, 1:15am–2:45pm EDT, 27 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: UNDP

How should gender equality and women's empowerment be included in a post-2015 United Nations sustainable development agenda? What are the most effective ways to address sustainable development and gender equality? Join this discussion on gender equality and women's empowerment in the sustainable human development agenda beyond 2015. The event will feature a compilation of evidence-based papers and key messages to support policy and programme design for sustainable development solutions. Follow the event live on undp.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #post2015.

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World Food Day Poster Contest 2012: Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world

Worldwide, 22 August-30 September 2012
Host / Sponsor: FAO, the United Nation's Women's Guild in Italy

Every year on 16 October, World Food Day is observed by people and organizations in over 100 countries. The aim is to promote awareness of food issues including hunger, and to create a sense of solidarity in the drive to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The World Food Day theme for 2012 is "Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world".

FAO and the United Nation's Women's Guild in Italy have launched the first international World Food Day poster contest for children from 5 to 17 years old. The contest challenges young people from all over the world to use their imaginations and their artistic skills to create a poster illustrating the World Food Day theme. They can digitally design, draw or paint the poster. The winners, who will be announced on World Food Day, will receive Certificates of Recognition signed by a United Nations official, the popular EndingHunger T-shirts and other gifts. The winning poster designs will also be published online, including on the Facebook pages of FAO and the EndingHunger movement.

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2012

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> Kenya school combines poster contest with fundraising

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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