Category Archives: UN days & Observances

On World Toilet Day, let us speak plainly about an issue that is often neglected

By | 19 November 2018

  Op-ed by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk on World Toilet Day: As World Toilet Day approaches and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether. However, the sanitation crisis that exists in many parts of… Read More »

The world is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste says UN chief, marking Environment Day

By | 8 June 2018

In his message marking the day on 5 June, he said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, spelling out that: “We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.” “Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste,” he stated. “Every year, more than eight million tonnes end… Read More »

Statement by UN Women on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 

By | 5 February 2018

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017  – While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up. 

World Humanitarian Day, 19th August

By | 18 August 2017

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global… Read More »

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2017

By | 14 June 2017

Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure.