Sunday, April 28, 2013

World Day for Safety and Health at Work - 28 April



About the Day


The ILO celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on the 28 April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.

The 28th of April is also a day in which the world's trade union movement holds its international Commemoration Day for Dead and injured Workers to honour the memory of victims of occupational accidents and diseases and organize worldwide mobilizations and campaigns on this date.

The celebration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an integral part of the Global Strategy on Occupational Safety and Health of the ILO and promotes the creation of a global preventative safety and health culture involving all stakeholders. In many parts of the world, national authorities, trade unions, employers' organizations and safety and health practitioners organize activities to celebrate this date.

http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang--en/index.htm
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International Occupational Safety and Health Information Center
http://www.ilo.org/safework/cis/lang--en/index.htm
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2013

The Theme for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2013 is:
"The Prevention of Occupational Diseases"

Ethiopia - National Day - 28 May


Ethiopia - Country Overview

May 28 Derg Downfall Day (National Day)

Commemorates the end of the Derg junta in 1991. Although this day is Ethiopia's National Day, its official name is Derg Downfall Day.

Ethiopia - Country Overview



Africa

Capital: Addis Ababa

Large cities/towns: Dire Dawa, Gondar

Languages: Amharic, Oromigna, Tigrigna,

Currency: Birr

Azerbaijan - Republic Day - 28 May



May 28 Republic Day Founding of Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan (1918).

Azerbaijan - Country Overview



Former Soviet Republic

Capital: Baku

Large cities/Towns: Gandja, Sumgait

Languages: Azeri, Turkish, Russia

Currency: Manat

Guyana - Independence Day - 26 May




The Cooperative Republic of Guyana celebrates the Independence Day on May 26 every year. The day commemorates the date in 1966 when it attained freedom from the British Empire.


Guyana Independence Day is a significant public holiday in Guyana. It is celebrated on May 26 every year. May 26 is the day when the country attained its independence in 1966 when the British Dominion over Guyana ended.

Guyana - Country Overview



Capital: Georgetown

Large towns: Linden, New Amsterdam

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Creole

Currency: Guyana Dollar

Date of Independence 26 May, 1966

Georgia - National Day - 26 May




The Democratic Republic of Georgia was the first modern establishment of a Republic of Georgia. It existed from May 1918 to February 1921. The DRG was created after the collapse of the Russian Empire that began with the Russian Revolution of 1917. Georgia's capital is Tbilisi, and its state language was Georgian. Proclaimed on May 26, 1918, on the break-up of the Transcaucasian Federation, it was led by the Social Democratic Menshevik party. It collapsed between February and March 1921 to become a Soviet republic.

Georgia - Country Overview



Capital: Tbilisi

Large Cities/Towns: Batumi, Kutaisi

Languages: Georgian, Russian

Currency: The Lari

Georgia was a former Soviet Republic

Jordan - Independence Day - 25 May



The National Day of Jordan is on the 25 May

It is Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1946. The parliament of Transjordan made Abdullah I of Jordan their king 1946.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Jordan - Country Overview



Asia

Capital: Amman

Large Cities/Towns: Irbid, Salt, Zarka

Languages: Arabic, English

Currency: Dinar

Date of Independence: 25 May 1946

Argentina - Day of the First National Government - 25 May




The May Revolution  was a week-long series of events that took place from May 18 to 25, 1810, in Buenos Aires, capital of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. This Spanish colony included roughly the territories of present-day Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The result was the removal of Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros and the establishment of a local government, the Primera Junta (First Junta), on May 25.

This day is celebrated as the day of the First National Government in Argentina.

Argentina - Country Overview



Capital: Buenos Aires

Large cities/towns: Cordoba, La Plata, Mendoza, Rosario

Languages: Spanish, Italian

Currency: Peso

Date of Independence: 9 July 1816

Eritrea Independence Day - 24 May



Independence Day of Eritrea is observed on May 24 every year. On this day in 1991, Eritrean People's Liberation Front forces moved into the capitol Asmara, re-instating independence, following a severe 30 years battle against Ethiopian army regime.

Yemen - Unification Day - 22 May


Yemen - Country Overview

Yemeni unification took place on 22 May 1990, when North Yemen was united with South Yemen, forming the Republic of Yemen.

Yemen - Country Overview



Asia

Arabian Peninsula

Capital: Sana'a
            Aden

Language: Arabic

Currency: Rial

Formation of the Country:  22 May 1990

Norwegian Constitution Day - 17 May


Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday observed on May 17 each year. Among Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as syttende mai (meaning May Seventeenth), Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) or Grunnlovsdagen (The Constitution Day).

The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 in the year 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent nation.

Norway Country Profile



Europe

Northwestern Europe

Capital Oslo
Large cities: Bergen, Trondheim

Language: Norwegian

Currecny: Krone

Date of Independence: 7 June 1905

Paraguay Independence Day - 14, 15 May



Paraguay gained independence from Spain on May 14, 1811.

The independence day is observed on 15 May every year.

Both days are holidays for schools.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Paraguay

http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Americas/Paraguay-HISTORY.html

Paraguay - Country Overview



South America

Capital: Asuncion

Large cities: San Horenzo, Encarnacion

Languages: Spanish, Gurani

Currency: Guarani

Date of Independence 14 May 1811
Paraguay gained independence from Spain on 14 May, 1811.

Liberation Day- Netherlands - 5 May





In the Netherlands, Liberation Day  is celebrated each year on May 5th, to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II.

On the 5th of May 1945, the Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz reached an agreement on the capitulation of German forces in the Netherlands in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen.

After the liberation in 1945, Liberation Day was commemorated every 5 years. Finally, in 1990, the day was declared to be a national holiday, when the liberation would be commemorated and celebrated every year.

Netherlands - Country Overview


Europe

Capital Amsterdam

Large Cities: Rotterdam, Ulrecht

Currency Euro

3 May - Poland Constitution Day


Poland


The Constitution of May 3, 1791  was drafted between October 6, 1788, and May 3, 1791, when it was adopted as a "Government Act" ) by the Great Sejm of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (a dualistic state of Poland and Lithuania ruled by a common monarch).

The Seym of the Republic of Poland, at the request of the Senate, re-established the May 3 Constitution Day on April 6, 1990.

http://www.polishworld.com/polemb/const/

Poland - Country Overview



Capital Warsaw

Other Large Cities: Lodz, Krakow

Language: Polish

Currency; Zloty

Date of Independence 11 November 1918

World Intellectual Property Day - 26, April


About the Day

World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) member states designated April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World Intellectual Property Day with the aim of increasing general understanding of Intellectual Property.

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About WIPO


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity.

The Mission: The mission is to promote innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.


WIPO's nine strategic goals were adopted by our member states in December 2009 in the first phase of a comprehensive strategic realignment process within the Organization.

Balanced Evolution of the International Normative Framework for IP
Provision of Premier Global IP Services
Facilitating the Use of IP for Development
Coordination and Development of Global IP Infrastructure
World Reference Source for IP Information and Analysis
International Cooperation on Building Respect for IP
Addressing IP in Relation to Global Policy Issues
A Responsive Communications Interface between WIPO, its Member States and All Stakeholders
An Efficient Administrative and Financial Support Structure to Enable WIPO to Deliver its Programs



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2013

Theme: Creativity: The Next Generation

http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2013/article_0011.html

Featured Innovators - 2013
http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/ip-outreach/en/ipday/2013/pdf/innovator_snapshots.pdf

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Earth Day - 22 April


In Service of Our Planet Earth


Earth Day is an extraordinary event. It combines the functions of educator, movement builder and the largest public service project in the world. More than one billion people from almost every single country on earth will take an action in service to our planet.


About The Day


The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after he witnessed  the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He was inspired by the student anti-war movement and he felt that if he could bring air and water pollution into public consciousness and create a similar movement, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife came together and realized they shared common agenda and objectives

The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

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Earth Day 2013

Theme: The Face of Climate Change

http://www.earthday.org/2013/

2013 - Billion Acts of Green Completed - Highlights
http://act.earthday.org/highlights.html

1. Interesting ideas - Arranging tailors for free stiching of cloth bags from old garments etc.
2. Backseat buddies - more children travelling in one car while going in a car to catch their school bus.

Ideas for common people - Pledge to use only public transport on the Earth Day.



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Earth Day 2012 Theme Mobilize the Earth

A Billion Acts of Green

http://www.earthday.org/earthday2012

World Book and Copyright Day - 23rd April

Greetings to all Authors on World Book Day
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About the Day

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.
It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo

It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this respect, UNESCO created both the World Book and Copyright Day and the UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance. 
The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold.
The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media).
They are mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors. 
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2013
Bangkok - World Book Capital of 2013

Message of UNESCO Director General

Books are our most beautiful invention for sharing ideas beyond the boundaries of space and time.

http://www.un.org/en/events/bookday/unesco.shtml



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2010 Initiatives
This year, the World book and Copyright Day will be celebrated in the framework of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
UNESCO Program on 23 April 2010
(In French language)
Journée mondiale du livre et du droit d’auteur
23 avril 2010
Table ronde
Edition, nouvelles technologies et rapprochement des cultures
Organisée dans la cadre de l’Année internationale pour le rapprochement des cultures
 UNESCO – 7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris - Salle IX
PROGRAMME

14h30 - Ouverture
Georges Poussin, Section des industries créatives pour le développement, Secteur de la culture, UNESCO
14h45 - Débat
Modérateur : Jens Bammel,  Secrétaire général, Union internationale des éditeurs
1) Gisèle Sapiro, Sociologue, Directirce du Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Paris)
2)  Aida Diab, Directrice de l’Association pour la formation et le perfectionnement professionnels dans les métiers de l’édition - ASFORED (Paris)
5) André Schiffrin, Ecrivain, Directeur de The New Press (New York)
6) Brian Wafawarowa, Président de l’Association des éditeurs d’Afrique du Sud et ancien président de l’African Publishers Network - APNET» (Le Cap)
17h15 - Conclusions
Mauro Rosi, Section des industries créatives pour le développement, Secteur de la culture, UNESCO
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Readathon

Readathon is an ideal event to mark World Book Day at your school.
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Tributes to Authors in Various Subjects

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Promotion of Books in India
National Book Trust, India has a scheme to promote books through voluntary organizations writers, publishers, and book sellers and others engaged in book promotion activities.
The last date for applications for this year 2010 is 17th May 2010
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Celebrate World Book Day with The Literacy Project - Google's Participation

4/22/2008

At the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), an educational nonprofit near Boston, we have spent the past two decades working to leverage the potential of personal, digital technologies to customize educational media to meet individual needs. In celebration of World Book Day, CAST has created a powerful new tool, UDL Editions, that showcases how classic and sometimes difficult texts—such as Shakespeare’s 18th Sonnet and Jack London’s Call of the Wild—can be rendered in smart, reader-friendly ways to provide a whole host of learning supports—such as multimedia glossaries, chapter summaries, and read-aloud features, links to Google Maps to place settings in contemporary contexts.
The books are one of the many projects being featured starting today on The Literacy Project, a joint effort by Google, LitCam, and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning. The project encourages literacy and reading organisations from around the globe to connect and share materials and best practice—from a searchable maps database to e-learning tools—like PlanetRead’s same-language subtitling videos—that can be used in the classroom.
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For copyright registration in India

http://www.copyright.in/index.html
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