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International Mountain Day

Happy International Mountain Day!

The United Nations designated the year of 2002 as the International Year of Mountains to increase awareness of the importance of mountains and sustainable mountain development.  International Year of Mountains was so successful that the United Nations General Assembly designated December 11 as International Mountain Day, starting in 2003.

International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.

- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN agency leading the observance of International Mountain Day

Each year, International Mountain Day observance is centered around a particular theme. International Mountain Day 2011 will focus on mountains and forests:

It aims to raise awareness about the relevance of mountain forests and the role they play within a Green Economy as well as in climate change adaptation measures.


Check out our great selection of Mountain Calendars.

Learn more about efforts to protect mountain environments and improve the lives of people living in those environments at mountainpartnership.org.

Sources: punchbowl.com, fao.org, timeanddate.com
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Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day!

Human Rights Day was created in 1950 to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The purpose of this global observance is to promote awareness of human rights issues around the world and to educate people on their human rights and the importance of recognizing and upholding human rights.

Each year, Human Rights Day observances and celebrations are centered around a particular theme related to human rights. In 2010, Human Rights Day recognized human rights defenders who act to end discrimination.

This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

-My Voice Counts

Click here to see past Human Rights Day themes.


Sources: holidayinsights.com, un.org, timeanddate.com
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United Nations Day

United Nations Day (UN Day) marks the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945, the date that the United Nations Charter had been ratified by representatives from all of the original 51 Member States, including China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. UN Day was established in 1948 not only to celebrate this anniversary but to celebrate and reflect on the continuous work and accomplishments of the UN.

Find a UN Day event near you to join the celebration!

You can also celebrate by learning more about this history of the UN and the history of the UN Charter.


Sources: UN.org, Timeanddate.com


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