Tag: Social Justice Dates

Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, 18-24 June 2017

Refugee Week Refugee Week is a national annual celebration of the contributions that refugees have made to Australian society, and a chance to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees. Refugee Week is organised by the Refugee Council of Australia, and in 2017 is taking place from the 18th to the 24th June.   The designated theme for Refugee… Continue Reading Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, 18-24 June 2017

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June | United Nations

  19 June 2017 is the second annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. This day is observed by the United Nations to “raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay… Continue Reading International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June | United Nations

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June | United Nations

  17 June is recognised by the United Nations as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Desertification, a problem affecting over 250 million people worldwide, is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, caused by inappropriate and overuse of the land through human activities like deforestation or overgrazing.   The World… Continue Reading World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June | United Nations

World Oceans Day, 8 June 2017 | “Our oceans, our future”

  8 June is the annual World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate, learn about, and take action to protect and conserve the world’s oceans. World Oceans Day has been promoted and run by The Ocean Project since 2002, and has been officially recognised by the United Nations since 2008.   Oceans are crucial to our… Continue Reading World Oceans Day, 8 June 2017 | “Our oceans, our future”

World Environment Day, 5 June | United Nations

  The first United Nations World Environment Day was held in 1974, and in the years since it has become a global platform for taking action on important environmental issues, successfully involving people around the world in environmentally-focused events like clean ups and the replanting of forests.   Every year a diferent country hosts World… Continue Reading World Environment Day, 5 June | United Nations

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, 4 June | United Nations

  On 4 June every year, the United Nations observes the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. This day acknowledges that the most vulnerable members of society, namely children, are those most greatly affected by the consequences of armed conflict and other acts of aggression, and affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children,… Continue Reading International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, 4 June | United Nations

Message from Pope Francis for World Communications Day, 28 May 2017 | Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 51st WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY   «Fear not, for I am with you» (Is 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time   Access to the media – thanks to technological progress – makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That… Continue Reading Message from Pope Francis for World Communications Day, 28 May 2017 | Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time

National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, 26 May – 3 June 2017

National Sorry Day The 26 May every year marks National Sorry Day, an Australia-wide day to acknowledge and remember the harm done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were victims of Australian Government policies of forced removal.   Since the early days of European occupation of Australia, Indigenous children were removed from their families… Continue Reading National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, 26 May – 3 June 2017

International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May | United Nations

  The 22 May every year is observed by the United Nations as the International Day for Biological Diversity. The purpose of this day is to raise public awareness about the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is concerned with “the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing… Continue Reading International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May | United Nations

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, 21 May | United Nations

  In 2002 the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, following the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2001.The United Nations sees the promotion of cultural diversity, and intercultural dialogue… Continue Reading World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, 21 May | United Nations

International Day of Families and National Families Week, 15 – 21 May 2017

  The 15th May 2017 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Families, observed every year to draw attention to issues that specifically affect families, which the UN recognise as the basic units of society. This year, the theme is “Families, education and well-being,” focusing on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education… Continue Reading International Day of Families and National Families Week, 15 – 21 May 2017

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, 29 April | United Nations

  On the 29th April 1997 the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force, with the object to “exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons” (Preamble). The 29th April is now observed by the United Nations every year as a Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare.   In… Continue Reading Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, 29 April | United Nations

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6th April | United Nations

  The 6th April is observed by the United Nations every year as the International Day of Sport for Development of Peace, to acknowledge and promote sport as a way to advance human rights, development and peace.   On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2017, the UN are launching the digital… Continue Reading International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6th April | United Nations

International Mine Awareness Day, 4 April | United Nations

  The 4th April is International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, a day observed every year by the United Nations to honour and promote the essential work of demining and mine-risk education in development and peace building.   The theme for International Mine Awareness Day 2017 is “Needs driven. People centred,” acknowledging that… Continue Reading International Mine Awareness Day, 4 April | United Nations

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