Monthly Archives: October 2009

DISARMAMENT WEEK: OCTOBER 24-30, 2009

       
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  Disarmament Week24-30 October


 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). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament. In 1995, the Assembly invited governments, as well as NGOs, to continue taking an active part in Disarmament Week (resolution 50/72 B of 12 December). It invited the Secretary-General to continue using the United Nations information entities as widely as possible to promote a better understanding among the public of disarmament problems and the aims of the Week. 

 

Links to UN and UN System sites:

United Nations:

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

Conference to Review Progress made in the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (New York : 26 June – 7 July 2006)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

United Nations Development Programme

 Additional Resources:

The additional resources links on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement by the United Nations.

Abolition 2000: Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean

Arms Control Association

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Non-Proliferation Project

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Biological Weapons

Center for Non-Proliferation Studies – Monterey Institute of International Studies

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Henry L. Stimson Center

Hiroshima Peace Institute

Institute for Science and International Security

International Action Network on Small Arms

International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms

International Campaign to Ban Landmines

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – Landmines

International Peace Bureau – Disarmament Program

Middle Powers Initiative

NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

Programme for Promoting Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Project Ploughshares

SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)

Union of Concerned Scientists

   
 

 


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UNITED NATIONS DAY: OCTOBER 24, 2009

United Nations Day (October 24)

Background

United Nations Day is an international observance to mark the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945. In the spring of that year representatives of fifty nations gathered in San Francisco to put the finishing touches on a document of far-reaching consequence – the Charter of the United Nations. The October 24th date marks the day when a sufficient number of ratifications had been obtained to launch the new United Nations officially. A new global institution had emerged out of the chaos and destruction of the Second World War to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war – to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights – to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedoms”.

In 1947 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that October 24 “shall be henceforth officially called United Nations Day and shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the UN, and to gaining their support for the work of the United Nations”. UN Day is now marked in the 189 UN Member States, large and small, throughout the world.

Over the years UN Day has been observed in hundreds of communities across Canada. Those observations have taken many forms, from symbolic events such as the flying of the UN flag in civic venues to serious debates and forums about the issues before the UN, their relevance to Canada, and suggestions on how to address world problems through international co-operation.

The generations born after the founding of the UN in 1945 have come to realize that the UN offers no “quick fix” to international problems but that it is an essential instrument through which multilateral processes can be brought to bear to contribute to the solutions to global problems. A United Nations Day programme offers an opportunity to groups and individuals to acquaint themselves with the activities and the accomplishments of the UN – and to address the challenges we face together as the world moves into a new century.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY: OCTOBER 17, 2009

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

 
“The campaign to make poverty history-a central moral challenge of our age-cannot remain a task for the few, it must become a calling for the many. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I urge everyone to join this struggle. Together, we can make real and sufficient progress towards the end of poverty.”
     
   
United Nations Ex-Secretary-General, Kofi Annan
“Excerpts taken from his message to be delivered on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2006”.

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day. Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered every year on October 17 th to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor. Replicas of the commemorative stone have been unveiled around the world and serve as a gathering place to celebrate the Day. One such replica is located in the garden of United Nations Headquarters and is the site of the annual commemoration organized by the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

Through resolution 47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day’s observance by the United Nations.

October 17th 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. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day’s celebration since its very beginning. The commemoration of October 17 th also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.

GA Resolution A/RES/47/196 of 31 March 1993

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WORLD FOOD DAY: OCTOBER 16, 2009

 
 
 
 
 
 

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“It is imperative that we support FAO’s campaign, urging young people, who more than adults enjoy the ability to spring into action…”  Rita Levi Montalcini.
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“Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis” is the World Food Day 2009 theme.
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Donations to TeleFood fund small, self-contained agriculture, livestock and fisheries projects that help poor families produce more food.
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Donations to TeleFood projects

Donations to TeleFood projects are designed to give poor families and communities the tools necessary to increase the quantity and variety of food they produce. Not a penny is spent on administrative costs. Although small in scale and cost, TeleFood projects make a significant impact.

   
 

Professional Football Against Hunger

Over 200 football clubs playing in more than 100 stadiums and millions of football fans will be involved in the first ever Europe-wide football weekend against hunger being held from 20 to 22 March 2009. The campaign aims at raising awareness about the urgent need to fight hunger and poverty. The funds raised during the football weekend will help to finance TeleFood small scale fighting hunger projects around the world.

The International Alliance Against Hunger

The International Alliance Against Hunger was created in Rome in 2003 on the recommendation of the World Food Summit, to strengthen both global and national resolve to address the scourges of hunger and malnutrition on a scale that matches the enormity of the problems. At global level, the International Alliance brings together major international institutions responsible for agriculture, food and nutrition with a growing number of international NGOs committed to ensuring that all people have enough to eat healthy diets.[]

 

The Right to Food

The Right to Food information and knowledge system is a knowledge platform to support the progressive realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the context of national food security. []

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: OCTOBER 10, 2009

World Mental Health Day was started by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992. 

 

It is a unified effort to promote greater public awareness and understanding of mental health and mental illness. Every year, thousands of people across the world raise awareness and funds for mental health causes. 

 

Each year, on 10 October, the Mental Health Foundation celebrates the day by raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing.

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WORLD POST DAY: OCTOBER 9, 2009

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.
 
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In most countries philatelic exhibitions are organized during this period and special stamps and date cancellation marks are issued on 9 October. Other activities include the display of World Post Day posters in post offices and other public places; open days at post offices, mail centres and postal museums; the holding of conferences, seminars and workshops; as well as cultural, sport and other recreation activities.
 
A World Post Day message from the Director General of the Universal Postal Union is sent each year to all Posts, read during celebrations and published in the media.
 
The UPU in cooperation with UNESCO has, for the past 35 years, organized an International Letter-writing Competition for young people. Most participating Posts use World Post Day to award prizes to the winners of the competition.
 

 
2009 World Post Day
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Russian version Document: Acrobat 291kB
Spanish version Document: Acrobat 153kB
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INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION: OCTOBER 14, 2009

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Global Assessment Report launched in Philippines

The launch of the 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR), prepared by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, took place yesterday, 28 October 2009, in the urban village of Barangay Nangka, Marikina City, one of the Metro Manila cities severely affected by floods. The report highlights the underlying drivers of disaster risk; poor urban governance, vulnerable rural livelihood and the decline of ecosystems.

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Rachel Shebesh appointed African Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction

Rachel Shebesh, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Kenya and Chair of the African Parliamentarian Initiative for Climate Risk Reduction, was appointed today as the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction champion for disaster risk reduction in Africa during the launch of the Black and Green, Ready to Lead campaign that took place at the Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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 Get to know UNISDR’s new Champion –  Q & A with Rachel Shebesh


Experts and Policy Makers Gather to Discuss Critical Actions for Climate Change Adaptation

Global experts and policy makers working on disaster risk reduction begin discussions today at the 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction. The Forum aims to address the issue of reducing risks associated with weather-related hazards, a key component of climate change adaptation. The Forum will also identify promising practices and critical actions for post-Copenhagen implementation of adaptation.

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New Legislation in the Philippines places Disaster Risk Reduction as the first line of defense against climate change risks

A new climate change law that fully integrates the priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action – a ten-year blueprint for reducing risks to disasters worldwide – has been passed today by the Philippine Government to address increasing climatic risks.

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African Parliamentarians agree on concrete actions to reduce the impact of climatic disasters

• UNISDR-lead advocacy results in recognition of crucial synergies between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

N’Djamena- Parliamentarians and Ministers from Central African countries met in Chad last Saturday and recognized disaster risk reduction measures as a main tool to adapt to future climate related disasters that are already affecting many countries in Africa.

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International Day for Disaster Reduction: new initiatives launched in London

The global event of the 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction was staged at the Royal Marsden Hospital, which was severely damaged by a fire in early 2008. The meeting gathered more than 120 participants from all stakeholder groups and was hosted by the UK Health Protection Agency in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

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2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction
Programme of global event in London incl. slides of presentations
Video recording of the London event
Opening Remarks by Sir John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (delivered by Helena Molin Valdés, Deputy Director UNISDR)


International Day for Disaster Reduction: Disaster Risk Reduction initiative for Nepal launched

Katmandu – A new disaster risk reduction initiative for Nepal was launched by a consortium of partners that comprises the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, other United Nations organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank to mark the 2009 International Day for Disaster Reduction.

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ISDR World Campaign 2010-2011 on urban risk and resilient cities

Interested in sharing your ideas, views and possible contributions with us to shape the Campaign?

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For background information, please consult the Incheon Declaration (outcome document of the international conference ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’).


The Summit on Climate Change acknowledges disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction was highlighted during the one-day Summit on many occasions. The outcome of the Summit, captured in the Chair’s Summary, emphasized clearly that adaptation must be given higher priority and in this context called for greater synergy with disaster risk reduction.

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UNISDR at World Climate Conference 3 (WCC-3)

Geneva International Conference Center, Switzerland, 31 August – 4 September 2009

WCC-3 focuses on how humankind can benefit from the advances in climate prediction and information services to manage climate-related risks as a way of developing resilience through adaptation. Disaster Risk Reduction is a key component of the agenda and UNISDR is directly involved in a variety of events, such as the Opening of the Conference and Plenary Session 4 on Climate Extremes, Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Bringing together more than 2 000 climate scientists, sectoral experts and decision-makers, WCC-3  established on 3 September a Global Framework for Climate Services “to strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services.”

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