Tuesday, October 27, 2015

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - 27 October

Audiovisual documents, such as films, radio and television programmes, are our common heritage and contain the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries. They help to maintain the cultural identity of a people; but countless documentary treasures have disappeared since the invention of image and sound technologies that permit the peoples of the world to better share their experiences, creativity and knowledge.

All of the world's audiovisual heritage is endangered. Nowhere can it be said to be preserved, but through initiatives such as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and the Memory of the World Programme, the precious work of preservation professionals is given impetus to manage a range of technical, political, social, financial and other factors that threaten the safeguarding of our heritage.

It was in this context, that the General Conference in 2005 approved the commemoration of a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage as a mechanism to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.


2015 Theme: Archives at Risk: Protecting the World's Identities

"We have 10 to 15 years left to transfer available audiovisual recordings to digital media and prevent their loss. We need to join forces to change the situation – for it is of the utmost importance that this recent history be understood and shared not only for issues of identity and affiliation but also for a clearer grasp of relationships and challenges in contemporary societies."

Irina Bokova
Director-General of UNESCO


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

International Day of Rural Women - 15 October

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”


World Standards Day - 14 October

World Standards Day

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.  



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

World Days or International Days to Highlight Challenges

5 June 2009

This knol was started on  World Environment Day. All the news papers that I glanced across on that day in the morning had news items related to Environment. Some time back, Mr. Andreas Kemper, one of knol co-authors informed us about World Social Justice Day.  The days declared as world days or international days by United Nations or its constituent bodies are available on its web site. They are given below.  Visitors can give any detail as a comment.

27 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust - 27 January
20 World Day of Social Justice (as of 2009)
World Day of Social Justice - 20 February
21 International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day - 21 February
8 International Women's Day and
United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace
International Women’s Day - 8th March
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21-28 Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
22 World Water Day
World Water Day - 22nd March
23 World Meteorological Day
4 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
7 World Health Day
 Knol   World Health Day - 7 April
23 World Book and Copyright Day
Knol    World Book and Copyright Day - 23rd April
3 World Press Freedom Day
15 International Day of Families
17 World Information Society Day (formerly World Telecommunication Day)
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 International Day for Biological Diversity (formerly December 29, changed in 2001)
25-June 1 Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
29 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
31 World No-Tobacco Day
4 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5 World Environment Day
World Environment Day - 5th June
17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought - 17 June
20 World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day - 20th June
23 United Nations Public Service Day
26 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - 26 June
First Saturday International Day of Cooperatives
International Day of Cooperatives - July First Saturday (Knol)
11 World Population Day
World Population Day - 11 July
9 International Day of the World's Indigenous People
12 International Youth Day
Knol International Youth Day - 12 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
8 International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day - 8th September  Knol

World Oral Health Day
Knol  World Oral Health Day - 12th September
International Day of Democracy - 15th September

Knol -   International Day Democracy - 15th September
16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
21 International Day of Peace (formerly the opening day of the UN General Assembly, changed to a set date as of 2002)
World Alzheimer's Day
World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 Septermber


During last Week

World Tourism Day
Knol - World Tourism Day

World Maritime Day
International Day for Older Persons
International Day of Non-Violence
International Day of Non-Violence, 2 October (knol)
4 - 10 World Space Week
5 World Teacher's Day
First Monday World Habitat Day
Second Wednesday International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
9 World Post Day

World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day - 10 October
16 World Food Day
17 International Day for the Eradication of Proverty
24 United Nations Day and
World Development Information Day
Disarmament Week
6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
14 World Diabetes Day
16 International Day of Tolerance
Third Sunday World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
20 Universal Children's Dayand
Africa Industrialization Day
21 World Television Day
25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
1 World AIDS Day
2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 International Day of Disabled Persons
5 International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
7 International Civil Aviation Day
9 International Anti-Corruption Day
10 Human Rights Day
11 International Mountain Day
18 International Migrants Day
19 United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
20 International Human Solidarity Day

Source: (http://www.unac.org/en/news_events/un_days/international_days.asp)

Other Lists of Days
Environment Calendar of TERI, India

Originally posted on Knol http://knol.google.com/k/narayana-rao/world-days-or-international-days-to/ 2utb2lsm2k7a/ 1246

Monday, October 12, 2015

International Day for Disaster Reduction - 13 October


By resolution 44/236 (22 December 1989), the General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. The International Day was to be observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999.

By resolution 64/200 of 21 December 2009 the General Assembly decided to designate 13 October as the date to commemorate the Day and to change the Day's name to International Day for Disaster Reduction. The objective of the observance is to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters.



The focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction is on the traditional, indigenous and local knowledge which complement modern science and add to an individual’s and societies’ resilience. For example, knowledge of early warning signals in nature can be vital to ensuring early action is taken to mitigate the impact of both slow and fast onset disasters such as droughts, heatwaves, storms and floods. Combined with scientific knowledge such as reports generated by meteorologists, local knowledge is vital for preparedness and can be passed on from generation to generation.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

World Mental Health Day - 10 October


No health without mental health

World Mental Health Day on 10 October raises public awareness about mental health issues. The Day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention and treatment services. The treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders is formidable especially in poor resource countries.

Physical and mental health are intertwined. There is a real need to deal with mental health problems of people with chronic physical illnesses and physical care of mental health consumers through a continued and integrated care.



2010 Mental Health Action

7th October 2010

WHO launches mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings.

mhGAP Intervention Guide

mhGAP Evidence Resource Centre

Source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/en/index.html

World Federation for Mental Health
Programs for 2010