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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION: SECOND WEDNESDAY IN OCTOBER 2010

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on the second Wednesday of October to promote a global culture of natural disaster risk reduction.

Local names

Name Language
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction English
Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres Naturales Spanish

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
List of dates for other years listed below.

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on the second Wednesday of October to raise the profile of disaster risk reduction. It also encourages people and governments to participate in building more resilient communities and nations.

Many people have lost their homes because of natural disasters. ©iStockphoto.com/Dan Moore

What do people do?

Activities for the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction usually include media announcements about launches for campaigns that center on the day’s theme. Governments and communities also take part in the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction through various events such as drawing, drama, essay or photography competitions that focus on making people aware of natural disaster reduction and increasing their preparedness for such situations. Other activities include: community tree planting; conferences, fairs and seminars; and street parades.

Public life

The International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Many people around the world have lost their lives, homes or access to essential facilities, such as hospitals, due to natural disasters, including earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis, heavy flooding, hurricanes or cyclones. Some of these disasters have caused economic damage to some countries. The UN acknowledges that education, training, and information exchanges are effective ways to help people become better equipped in withstanding natural disasters.

On December 22, 1989, the UN General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. This event was to be observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999. On December 20, 2001, the assembly decided to maintain the observance to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Symbols

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map depicts the area of concern to the UN in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.

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International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Oct 10 1990 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 9 1991 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 14 1992 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 13 1993 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 12 1994 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 11 1995 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 9 1996 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 8 1997 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 14 1998 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 13 1999 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 11 2000 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 10 2001 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 9 2002 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 8 2003 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 13 2004 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 12 2005 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 11 2006 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 10 2007 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 8 2008 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 14 2009 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 13 2010 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 12 2011 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 10 2012 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 9 2013 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 8 2014 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day  
Wed Oct 14 2015 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction United Nation day

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WORLD HABITAT DAY: FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER, 2010

 

WORLD HABITAT DAY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) World Habitat Day reflects on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter.

Local names

Name Language
World Habitat Day English
Día Mundial del Hábitat Spanish

World Habitat Day 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

World Habitat Day 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011
List of dates for other years listed below.

The United Nations’ (UN) World Habitat Day is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October to reflect on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future next generations.
UN World Habitat Day
World Habitat Day reflects on the state of human settlements and promotes the right to sufficient shelter. ©iStockphoto.com/fotoVoyager

What do people do?

World Habitat Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, including in places such as Angola, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Uganda and the United States. Various activities around the world are organized to examine the problems of rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment and human poverty.  Activities may include awards ceremonies, including the “Habitat Scroll of Honour” award.

Public life

World Habitat Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

The UN’s World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986 with the theme “Shelter is My Right”. Nairobi was allocated as the host city for the observance that year. This annual event is held on the first Monday of October with a new theme each year. Previous themes included: “Shelter for the Homeless” (1987); “Our Neighbourhood” (1995); “Future Cities” (1997); “Safer Cities” (1998); “Women in Urban Governance” (2000); “Cities without Slums” (2001) and “Water and Sanitation for Cities” (2003).

An important highlight of the day is the “Habitat Scroll of Honour” award, which was launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHSP) in 1989. It is believed to be the world’s most prestigious human settlements award and aims to acknowledge initiatives that make outstanding contributions in areas such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in post conflict reconstruction, and developing and improving the human settlements and the quality of urban life.

Symbols

The UNHSP logo and slogan are often associated with World Habitat Day. The logo features The logo features a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of an olive tree encapsulating a circle. Within the circle is a figure of a person with his/her arms stretched out. The figure appears to be standing in front of a triangle. Underneath the image are the words “UN-HABITAT”. The slogan: “Shelter For All” is written in capital letters and sometimes appears next to the logo.

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World Habitat Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Mon Oct 6 1986 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 1987 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 3 1988 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 2 1989 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 1 1990 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 7 1991 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 1992 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 4 1993 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 3 1994 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 2 1995 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 7 1996 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 6 1997 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 1998 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 4 1999 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 2 2000 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 1 2001 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 7 2002 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 6 2003 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 4 2004 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 3 2005 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 2 2006 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 1 2007 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 6 2008 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 2009 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 4 2010 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 3 2011 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 1 2012 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 7 2013 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 6 2014 World Habitat Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 2015 World Habitat Day United Nation day

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WORLD TEACHER’S DAY: OCTOBER 5, 2010

 

WORLD TEACHER’S DAY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) World Teachers’ Day commemorates the work of teachers and their contributions to society. It is observed on October 5 each year.

Local names

Name Language
World Teachers’ Day English
Día Mundial de los Docentes Spanish

World Teachers’ Day 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

World Teachers’ Day 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
List of dates for other years listed below.

The United Nations’ (UN) World Teachers’ Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. This enables children and adults of all ages to learn to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society.
UN World Teacher´s Day
Teachers are recognized for their contributions to society on World Teachers’ Day. ©iStockphoto.com/Ekaterina Monakhova

What do people do?

Various events are arranged in many countries around the world on or around October 5. These include celebrations to honor teachers in general or those who have made a special contribution to a particular community. The day may also be marked by conferences emphasizing the importance of teachers and learning, extra training sessions for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession among university students or other suitably qualified professionals and events to increase the profile of teachers and the role they play in the media.

Trade unions or other professional organizations that represent teachers play an important role in organizing World Teachers’ Day events in many countries. These include:

  • The Australian Education Union.
  • The Canadian Teachers’ Federation.
  • The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (Canada).
  • The All India Secondary Teachers’ Federation.
  • The Japan Teachers’ Union.
  • The Teachers Council (New Zealand).
  • The National Union of Teachers (United Kingdom).
  • The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (United Kingdom).
  • The National Education Association (United States).

Moreover, international organizations such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Education International organize international, national and local events. In some areas posters are displayed and pupils and ex-pupils are encouraged to send e-cards or letters of appreciation to teachers who made a special or memorable contribution to their education.

Public life

World Teachers’ Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On October 5, 1966, the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers in Paris, France, was closed and the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers” was signed by representatives of UNESCO and International Labour Organization. On October 12, 1997, the 29th session of UNESCO’s General Conference was opened. During this conference, on November 11, 1997, the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel” was adopted.

On October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers’ Day was held. This event has been organized on the same date each year since then. However, local events may be on some other date close to October 5, so that they do not fall during fall (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) school vacations. In 2002, Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate World Teachers’ Day.

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World Teachers’ Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Oct 5 1994 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Thu Oct 5 1995 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Sat Oct 5 1996 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Sun Oct 5 1997 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 1998 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Tue Oct 5 1999 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Thu Oct 5 2000 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Fri Oct 5 2001 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Sat Oct 5 2002 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Sun Oct 5 2003 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Tue Oct 5 2004 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Wed Oct 5 2005 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Thu Oct 5 2006 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Fri Oct 5 2007 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Sun Oct 5 2008 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 2009 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Tue Oct 5 2010 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Wed Oct 5 2011 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Fri Oct 5 2012 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Sat Oct 5 2013 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Sun Oct 5 2014 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day  
Mon Oct 5 2015 World Teachers’ Day United Nation day

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WORLD SPACE WEEK: OCTOBER 4-10, 2010

Here’s a reminder from NASA to celebrate World Space Week.

Celebrate World Space Week — Oct. 4-10, 2010

 

  Posted on Sep 30, 2010 10:19:19 AM | John Entwistle |

 

This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957. World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. Last year, President Obama joined the celebration by hosting a Star Party at the White House that included invitations to students from NASA Explorer Schools in the Washington, D.C. area.

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2010. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities.
To learn more about World Space Week, to find related educational materials and to search for events in your area, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org/.
Link to the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus home page.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS: OCTOBER 1, 2010

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on October 1 each year as a special day for older persons worldwide.

Local names

Name Language
International Day of Older Persons English
Día Internacional de las Personas de Edad Spanish

International Day of Older Persons 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

International Day of Older Persons 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011
List of dates for other years below.

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1 to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
UN International Day for Older Persons
The International Day of Older Persons is a special day for senior citizens worldwide. ©iStockphoto.com/digitalskillet

What do people do?

International Day of Older Persons is a special day for older persons or senior citizens all over the world. In many countries, politicians make speeches, particularly those responsible for government departments that focus on senior citizens, at this time of the year. Some radios, televisions or newspapers publish interviews with senior citizens on various issues such as achievements they made to create a better society.

Other activities surrounding this day include: displays of promotional material on the International Day of Older Persons in schools, tertiary institutions, office buildings and public notice boards;  media announcements on the day and activities that promote older persons; and inter-generational cooperation on voluntary activities focused on the environment, health, education or community services.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health related issues, and other groups have been actively involved in promoting public awareness and attention on the International Day of Older Persons. Discussions are centered on topics such as: ageing populations and the provision of adequate healthcare for aged persons; volunteer work; social care; and ways to be more inclusive of older persons in the workforce.

Public life

The International Day of Older Persons is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly made October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, following up on initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the assembly. The International Day of Older Persons was observed for the first time throughout the world on October 1, 1991.

In 1991 the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. In 2002 the second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.

Symbols

The WHO logo is often seen on promotional material for the International Day of Older Persons.  The logo is often featured in the color white on a mid-blue background. It shows a stereographic projection of the earth centered on the North Pole under a serpent coiled around a staff. Two ears of wheat “cradle” the image. The projection symbolizes the global nature of the organization, while the serpent and staff are known to symbolize medical help and knowledge. Images of older people from different cultures and backgrounds around the world have been also used in UN promotional tools for the International Day of Older Persons.

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International Day of Older Persons Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Oct 1 1991 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Thu Oct 1 1992 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Fri Oct 1 1993 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Sat Oct 1 1994 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Sun Oct 1 1995 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Tue Oct 1 1996 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Wed Oct 1 1997 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Thu Oct 1 1998 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Fri Oct 1 1999 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Sun Oct 1 2000 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Mon Oct 1 2001 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Tue Oct 1 2002 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Wed Oct 1 2003 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Fri Oct 1 2004 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Sat Oct 1 2005 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Sun Oct 1 2006 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Mon Oct 1 2007 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Wed Oct 1 2008 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Thu Oct 1 2009 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Fri Oct 1 2010 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Sat Oct 1 2011 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Mon Oct 1 2012 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Tue Oct 1 2013 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Wed Oct 1 2014 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  
Thu Oct 1 2015 International Day of Older Persons United Nation day  

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ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: SEPTEMBER 30

#1 R&B Song 1957: “Mr. Lee,” the Bobbettes

Born: Cissy Houston, 1933; Johnny Mathis, 1935; Arzel “Z.Z.” Hill, 1035; Frankie Lymon (the Teenagers), 1942; Marilyn McCoo (the Fifth Dimension), 1943; Sylvia Peterson (the Chiffons), 1946; Patrice Rushen, 1954

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1957 The legendary girl group the Chantels’ first single, “He’s Gone,” written by Lead singer Arlene Smith, debuted on the charts, peaking at #71 pop.

1957 Little Richard’s “Keep A Knockin’ ” charted on its way to #2 R&B and #8 pop.

1957 The Val Chords’ “Candy Store Love” and the Sh-Booms’ “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” were released. The Sh-Booms were actually the Chords of “Sh-Boom” fame.

1967 The Precisions entered the R&B hit list with one of the great but overlooked soul singles of the late ’60s, “If This Is Love (I’d Rather Be Lonely),” reaching #26 and #60 pop.

1972 Chuck Berry’s single “My Ding-A-Ling” charted R&B, reaching #42. It went on to reach #1 pop. It was the last of Chuck’s twenty-three hit R&B singles, and the only #1 pop he ever had. The song had been previously recorded by New Orleans musician Dave Bartholomew in 1952 and by the Bees in 1954 under the name “Toy Bell.” The risque tune was also cut by Chuck in 1966 under the name “My Tambourine.” His hit version was backed by the Average White Band.

1991 Diana Ross, spokewpman for the National Children’s Day Foundation, spoke before a House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, in Washington, DC.

1993 Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown had their limousine polled over at New York’s Kennedy International Airport by nine police officers with guns drawn, looking for drugs.

1995 Mary J. Blige reached #17 in England with her recording of “Mary Jane (All Night Long),” based on “All Night Long,” the hit by the Mary Jane Girls that was written and produced by Rick James. The record made it to #37 R&B without selling any singles; it earned its chart status strictly from airplay, and the label decided (unwisely) not to issue a single for the public.

1998 Luther Vandross performed at the Johannesburg Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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TANGLED IN PINK – THE POLITICS OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH: BLOG TALK RADIO: OCTOBER 6, 2010

 

Tangled In Pink –

The Politics of Breast Cancer Research

 

First Wednesday: Conversations with Byllye and Ngina

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 2 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio

Special Guests: Breast Health Advocate Zora Brown and Breast Health Expert Lovell Jones, M.D.

 

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October is breast cancer awareness month, and Byllye and Ngina are asking the experts the question that may not come to mind during this month of pink, ribbons and “get a mammogram” messages:

What are the politics of breast cancer research?

 

Join the hosts of “First Wednesday” on Wednesday, October 6, at 2 p.m EST as they seek to answer this important question with nationally-respected breast health advocate Zora Brown and a co-founder of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation’s largest multicultural health policy group, Dr. Lovell Jones.

In December 2009, the Black health community was shocked by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Report on breast cancer screening. Why? Because of the potential impact the recommendations could have on the health of Black women. Many questions followed:

How will these recommendations likely affect breast cancer survival rates of Black women and address the earlier and more aggressive form of breast cancer that many of us face? Are there better breast cancer screening behaviors for us?

Join us on Wednesday, October 6, at 2 p.m. EST to learn more! This show will challenge what we “thought” we learned from research and inspire change in the science of research.

Zora Brown and Dr. Lovell Jones want to hear from you. Share your comments and questions with them by submiting them prior to the show to asktheexpert@blackwomenshealth.org or asking them live on the radio by calling 646-381-4662 beginning at 2 p.m. EST.

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