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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE RIGHT TO THE TRUTH CONCERNING GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND FOR THE DIGNITY OF VICTIMS: MARCH 24, 2017

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

The United Nations (UN) holds a special day to promote a human rights issue on March 24 each year. This day is called the “International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims”.

The UN encourages people to learn about human rights issues, including the right to truth.
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What Do People Do

The UN holds various global activities to promote this event. It also encourages governments and people worldwide to observe this international day by:

  • Honoring victims of human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice.
  • Paying tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, the struggle to promote and protect human rights for all.
  • Recognizing the important work and values of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assassinated on March 24, 1980, after denouncing human rights violations and defending the principles of protecting lives, promoting human dignity and opposing violence.

Public Life

The International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 2006 the UN confirmed that people had the right to know the truth about gross human rights violations and serious violations of human rights law. Furthermore, this right was linked to governments’ duty and obligation to protect and guarantee human rights, to conduct effective investigations and to guarantee effective remedy and reparations.

In December 2010, in a bid to promote human rights, the UN proclaimed March 24 as the “International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims”. The day remembers human rights victims, including Archbishop Romero, who campaigned for human rights for many years and was shot at a church altar in 1980.

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Thu Mar 24 2011 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Sat Mar 24 2012 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Sun Mar 24 2013 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Mon Mar 24 2014 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Tue Mar 24 2015 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Thu Mar 24 2016 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Fri Mar 24 2017 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Sat Mar 24 2018 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Sun Mar 24 2019 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance
Tue Mar 24 2020 International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims United Nations observance

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WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY: MARCH 24, 2017

World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Stethoscope and x-ray image of lungs.
The efforts made to prevent and treat tuberculosis are recognized on World Tuberculosis Day.
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What Do People Do?

Various World Tuberculosis Day events and activities are organized by various organizations involved in the Stop TB Partnership. WHO is a United Nations’ (UN) health authority that works with this network to promote World Tuberculosis Day each year. Campaign activities include:

  • Community discussion groups that are organized to look at ways to prevent TB.
  • Award ceremonies or other events to honor the life and work of those who dedicate their lives to prevent and fight against TB.
  • Photo exhibitions that showcase images to raise worldwide awareness of TB.
  • Charity events to raise funds for disease control (of TB) in countries that need assistance.

People, community groups and government agencies may also take the time to work with broadcast, print and online media to promote stories on the awareness of tuberculosis and the works of those who help fight against the spread of the disease.

Public Life

World Tuberculosis Day is an observance and is not a public holiday.

Background

Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the disease. WHO estimates that the largest number of new TB cases in 2005 occurred in south-east Asia, which accounted for 34 percent of incident cases globally. However, the estimated incidence rate in sub-Saharan Africa is nearly twice that of south-east Asia.

World Tuberculosis Day, annually held on March 24, marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched World TB Day on March 24 that year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dr Koch’s discovery.

In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined the union and other organizations to promote World TB Day. The Stop TB Partnership, called the Stop TB Initiative at the time of its inception, was established in 1998. It is a network of organizations and countries fighting tuberculosis. WHO works with this partnership on to support the activities and events that take place on World Tuberculosis Day each year.

Symbols

The global campaign for World Tuberculosis Day has had different themes and slogans over the years. For example, the 2010–2011 campaign’s theme was “Innovation” and the slogan was “On the move against tuberculosis. Innovate to accelerate action”.

2017 Theme: “Unite to End TB: Leave No One Behind”

World Tuberculosis Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Wed Mar 24 2010 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 24 2011 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 24 2012 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 24 2013 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 24 2014 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 24 2015 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 24 2016 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 24 2017 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 24 2018 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 24 2019 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 24 2020 World Tuberculosis Day United Nations observance

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WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY: MARCH 23, 2017

World Meteorological Day

The United Nations’ (UN) World Meteorological Day is annually held on or around March 23 to remember the World Meteorological Organization’s establishment on that date in 1950. Many different activities and events are organized for this occasion.

Weather equipment
Weather stations help pass information about weather forecasts and temperatures.
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What Do People Do?

World Meteorological Day often features various events such as conferences, symposia and exhibitions for meteorological professionals, community leaders and the general public. Some events aim to attract media attention to raise meteorology’s profile.

Many prizes for meteorological research are presented or announced on or close to World Meteorological Day. These prizes include:

  • The International Meteorological Organization Prize.
  • Professor Dr. Vilho Väisälä Award.
  • The Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award.

Many countries issue postage stamps or special postage stamp cancellation marks to celebrate World Meteorological Day. These stamps often reflect the event’s theme or mark a country’s meteorology achievements.

Public Life

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

Background

The International Meteorological Organization was established at the first International Meteorological Congress in Vienna, Austria, in 1873. The organization aimed to establish meteorological station networks. These networks were linked by telegraph and improved weather forecasts. This contributed to shipping services’ safety and efficiency.

The International Meteorological Organization became the World Meteorological Organization on March 23, 1950. It became the UN’s specialized agency for meteorology, operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences in 1951.

The World Meteorological Organization plays a crucial role in contributing to people’s safety and welfare. Its work is important in providing food security, water resources and transport. World Meteorological Day has been observed on March 23 each year since 1961.

Themes

Recent themes of World Meteorological Day have been:

  • Weather, climate and the air we breathe (2009).
  • Observing our planet for a better future (2008).
  • Polar meteorology: Understanding global impacts (2007).
  • Preventing and mitigating natural disasters (2006).
  • Weather, climate, water and sustainable development (2005).
  • Weather, climate, water in the information age (2004).
  • Our future climate (2003).

A new theme is allocated to each different year for World Meteorological Day.

2017 Theme: “Understanding Clouds”

World Meteorological Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Tue Mar 23 2010 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 23 2011 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 23 2012 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 23 2013 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 23 2014 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 23 2015 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 23 2016 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 23 2017 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 23 2018 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 23 2019 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 23 2020 World Meteorological Day United Nations observance

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WORLD WATER DAY: MARCH 22, 2017

 

WORLD WATER DAY

The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year. Events are organized on or around this day to increase people’s awareness of water’s importance in environment, agriculture, health and trade.

Bluefin Tuna in the ocean
World Water Day aims to increase people’s awareness on water’s importance in life.
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What Do People Do?

Many events are held worldwide during World Water Day. These include:

  • Visual art, theatrical and musical celebrations of water.
  • Symposia for local, national and international leaders on water management and security.
  • Educational events on the importance of clean water and protecting water resources.
  • Campaigns and events to raise money for access to clean and affordable water.
  • Excursions to local rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
  • Special broadcasts on television and radio and the Internet.
  • Walks, runs and swimming other sports competitions.

Some events are held on actual World Water Day date, while others are held on convenient dates close to March 22.

Public Life

World Water Day is not a public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Background

Agenda 21 is a worldwide action plan for areas where human activities may affect the environment. It was adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992. Agenda 21 recommended various measures, including creating World Water Day.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 22, 1992, declaring March 22 to be the World Day for Water each year. Countries were encouraged to develop activities to highlight local needs for water. The first World Day for Water was observed in 1993.

The Water for Life Decade was launched on World Water Day in 2005. This decade will run from 2005 to 2015 and give a high profile to women’s participation and the UN’s water-related programs.

Symbols

World Water Day’s main symbol is the shape of a water drop in the UN’s color blue. Photographs of water being used or in rivers, reservoirs, lakes or seas are widely displayed on this occasion.

World Water Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Mon Mar 22 2010 World Water Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 22 2011 World Water Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 22 2012 World Water Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 22 2013 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 22 2014 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 22 2015 World Water Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 22 2016 World Water Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 22 2017 World Water Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 22 2018 World Water Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 22 2019 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 22 2020 World Water Day United Nations observance

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS: MARCH 21, 2017

International Day of Forests

March 21 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The day addresses issues such as deforestation.

Beautiful forest reflecting on calm lake shore at Algonquin Park, Canada.
Forests are an integral part of survival on Earth.
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Celebrate International Day of Forests

The UN works with governments, community organizations, and the general public to promote both local and global activities for the International Day of Forests. Activities include:

  • Tree planting campaigns.
  • Photo exhibits that portray the importance forests and trees.
  • Sharing infographics, videos, news and messages via social and other media.

Public Life

International Day of Forests is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About International Day of Forests

Forests cover about one third of the world’s land mass. Roughly 1.6 billion people, including more than 2000 indigenous cultures, depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests are vital to the planet for many reasons, including:

  • Providing shelter for more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
  • Contributing to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air.
  • Protecting watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers.

The UN first celebrated the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2013. This initiative follows from the International Year of Forests.

Did You Know?

Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, according to the UN.

International Day of Forests Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Thu Mar 21 2013 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Fri Mar 21 2014 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2015 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Mon Mar 21 2016 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Tue Mar 21 2017 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2018 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Thu Mar 21 2019 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2020 International Day of Forests United Nations observance

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HATEWATCH: HEADLINES FOR 3-23-2017

March 23, 2017

Knife-wielding white man wanted to ‘make a statement’; YouTube’s role as content engine for the dark side; Breitbart tags take aim at Swedish culture; and more.

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Washington Post: White man who stabbed New York man traveled there to kill black people and ‘make a statement.’

BuzzFeed: How YouTube acts as the content engine for the Internet’s darkest corners.

Talking Points Memo: White House says it doesn’t know anything about Brigitte Gabriel’s visit.

Media Matters: Breitbart is tagging articles with a bigoted alt-right meme that attacks Swedish multiculturalism.

Right Wing Watch: NOM and global culture warriors launch anti-trans advertising bus tour.

The News Dispatch: Fugitive arrested nearly three years after police find cache of explosives, firearms.

Buffalo News (NY): International kidnapping in same-sex custody fight brings 3-year prison term.

Times-Union (Albany, NY): Militia member who described himself as ‘extremely dangerous’ freed by judge on bail.

Think Progress: The first immigrant detainee to die under President Trump had a treatable disease.

KFGO-AM (Fargo, ND): Old small-town church belonging to North Dakota white supremacist burns down in Rome, N.D.

KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City): Firefighter from iconic photo of Murrah bombing tragedy retires, says ‘It’s still tough to talk about.’

Raw Story: Hawaii GOP lawmaker says she’s leaving the party, cites its growing racism and sexism.

Huffington Post: This interactive map reveals the long and tragic history of lynching in America.

Political Research Associates: The birth of the alt-right, from its misogynist beginnings to it white-nationalist ascent.

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COLORLINES: A BUDGET FOR SUFFERING

Trump Budget Shows How Much Black People Have to Lose [OPINION]

From affordable housing to college loans, Trump’s proposed budget could mean serious reductions in services and programs vital to many Black lives.

New San Francisco Ordinance Keeps the City From Cooperating With Any Religion-Based Registry

In response to President Trump toying with the idea of a Muslim registry, Bay Area groups pushed for the ordinance to block city from creating or implementing a a database based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

U.S. Bans Most Electronic Devices on Flights From 8 Muslim Countries

They are not the same nations targeted in the failed “Muslim Ban.”

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