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Jun 17 – World Day to Combat Desertification 2009 Junho 16, 2009

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World Day to Combat Desertification 2009 logoThe World Day to Combat Desertification is observed every year on 17 June. It marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and is part of an international campaign by the United Nations to tackle global environmental deterioration, in particular the degradation of drylands. This year’s theme is Conserving land and water = Securing our common future”.

The World Day to Combat Desertification has been observed since 1995 (General Assembly Resolution A/RES/49/1995) to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought, and the implementation of the UNCCD.


Jun 8 – World Oceans Day Junho 7, 2009

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Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro World Ocean Day is an opportunity each year to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. Its aim is to celebrate the world’s ocean and its rich diversity of life; highlight global ocean awareness, education and action programmes to promote a healthy and productive ocean.

In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” (resolution 63/111, paragraph 171).

The theme of the inaugural observance of the World Oceans Day by the United Nations in 2009 is “Our Oceans, Our Responsibility”. It emphasizes our individual and collective duty to protect the marine environment and carefully manage its resources. Safe, healthy and productive seas and oceans are integral to human well-being, economic security and sustainable development.

However the theme of 2009 WOD is “One Ocean, One Climate, One Future’’ to emphasize that we live on a blue planet where 70 percent of the surface is covered by ocean waters, and to raise public awareness of the key connections among a healthy ocean, a healthy climate, and our future. Regardless of where we live, we are dependent on the state of health of our shared bodies of water.

Read the Message from the UN Secretary-General on World Oceans Day 8 June 2009 pdf link


May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Maio 21, 2009

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We are all one peopleimage from here

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is annually held on May 21 to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.

A major challenge of the Twenty-First Century is to make diversity out of difference, that is to say, to promote unity by cultivating – and not by reducing – human complexity.

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in Paris, France, on November 2, 2001. It was the 249th resolution adopted at the 57th session (.pdf link) of the United Nations General Conference. Although the declaration was the culmination of years of work, it was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This reaffirmed the need for intercultural dialogue to prevent segregation and fundamentalism.

Read here the Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,on the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 21 May 2009


International Museum Day / Dia Internacional dos Museus Maio 18, 2009

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International Museum Day, since 1977, has been celebrated around the world because «Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples».

Each year, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) selects a theme. The theme for 2009 is «Museums and Tourism».


May 9 – Europe Day Maio 9, 2009

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On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.

This proposal, known as the “Schuman declaration”, is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.

Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.

Soon (on June, 4) will take place the European elections. So, Europe Day may also be a journey to mobilize europeans to vote (well…) on next elections.


60th Anniversary of the Council of Europe Maio 5, 2009

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6oth anniversary of Council of Europe logo

The Council of Europe was founded on 5 May 1949 by Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It now has 47 member states, with Montenegro being the latest to join. Some members have some or most of their territory extending beyond Europe, and in the case of Armenia and Cyprus, they are located entirely outside Europe; these states are included due to their historical and cultural links to Europe.

The primary aim of the Council of Europe is to create a common democratic and legal area throughout the whole of the continent, ensuring respect for its fundamental values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Read more about the 60th anniversay (pdf link)


April 4 – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Abril 4, 2009

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The United Nations General Assembly has declared 4 April the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The day will raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication. Since 2006 Apr. 4 marked attentions worldwide about this major problem: the mines and other remnants of war or unexploded ordnance.

The battle against landmines is being won, with some countries already achieving mine-free status. But victory will depend on the unflagging commitment of the governments of those countries where mines still exist and on the sustained support of the international community,