World Hepatitis Day [WHO]
London: Olympics Games (till 12 August).
International Day of Friendship
Brussels: The EU Commission presents an Industrial Policy for the Security Industry.
Geneva: - International Law Commission (till 3 August).
- Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination (till 3 August). http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Mercenaries/WGMercenaries/Pages/WGMercenariesIndex.aspx
- Conference on Disarmament, Part III (till 14 September).
Quito: UNU-CRIS, the Universidad Andina, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, OBREAL and the Latin American Trade Network - Doctoral School on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism (till 3 August).
New York: The UN Secretary-General will brief the press on his recent overseas trips.
New York: The UN Secretary-General is expected to brief the General Assembly on the G20.
World Breastfeeding Week (WHO)
Geneva: - Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council (till 10 August).
- Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (till 31 August).
International Day of the World's Indigenous People: "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices"
International Youth Day: " Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth"
World Humanitarian Day
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition [UNESCO]
Bordeaux: Tenth Summer University of Communication in favour of sustainable development (till 24 August).
Tehran: Non Aligned Movement Summit (till 31 August).
Addis Ababa: AU Ministers of Gender and Women Affairs (till 31 August).
New York: UN Conference to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (till7 September).
International Day against Nuclear Tests
Nicosia: Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs (till 30 August).
Versailles: EU Economic and Social Committee: The Future of Youth in Europe (till 31 August).
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Naples: UN World Urban Forum (till 7 September).
Launch of the annual Report on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian People
Akureyri: Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (till 7 September). http://www.arcticparl.org
Nicosia: The EU high level group of experts on literacy will present recommendations on how to tackle low literacy levels in Europe. H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, who chaired the group, will hand over its final report to Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at a Presidency conference on literacy in Cyprus.
Pafos: Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (GYMNICH) (till 8 September).
International Literacy Day [UNESCO]
Vladivostok: APEC Economic Leaders' Summit (till 9 September).
Nicosia: Informal Agriculture and Fisheries Council (till 11 September).
World Suicide Prevention Day [WHO]
Addis Ababa: AU Ministers for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (till 14 September).
Geneva: - Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, seventeenth session (till 14 September).
- Human Rights Council (till 28 September).
Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 13 September).
Vienna: IAEA, Board of Governors (till 14 September).
Oslo: States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (till 14 September).
Paris: UNESCO, Executive Board (till 28 September).
Launch of the Trade and Development report 2012: Inclusive Policies for Sustainable Growth
Mexico: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to Meet (till 14 September).
Nicosia: Informal ECOFIN EU Council (till 15 September).
International Day of Democracy
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer: “Protecting our Atmosphere for Generations to Come”
Brussels: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (till 20 September)
Geneva: - Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (till 28 September).
- Committee on the Rights of the Child (till 5 October).
- UNCTAD, Trade and Development Board, fifty-ninth session (till 28 September).
Montreal: ICAO, Committee (till 5 October).
Nicosia: Informal Meeting of EU Energy Ministers.
Vienna: IAEA, General Conference (till 21 September).
New York: -Opening of the 67th UN General Assembly. Vuk Jeremic is the President.
- Report of the Secretary General to the General Assembly on Year of Sustainable Energy for All (date TBC).
Brussels: Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (JHA) (till 20 September).
The MDG Gap Task Force Report will be launched during the week (date TBC).
Nicosia: Informal Meeting of EU Sport Ministers (till 21 September).
International Day of Peace: "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future"
Brussels: European Economic and Social Committee: Eradicating domestic violence.
New York: Social Good Summit (till 24 September).
Brussels: - Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI) (till 25 September)
- General Affairs EU Council (GAC)
New York: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the rule of law at the national and international levels.
Tripoli: 3rd Session of AU Ministers of Social Development (till 28 September).
New York: Opening of the UN GA general debate.
European Day of Languages
Nicosia: Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Defence (till 27 September)
World Tourism Day [UNWTO]: “Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”
World Maritime Day: “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”
World Rabies Day [WHO]
World Heart Day [WHO]
Third anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1888 on women and peace and security (addressing sexual violence in conflict)
World Habitat Day
International Day of Older Persons: "Longevity: Shaping the Future"
Geneva: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (till 19 October).
International Day of Non-Violence
Nicosia: EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Freedom, Security and Justice.
World Space Week
Luxembourg: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO).
Nicosia: Informal Meeting of Education Ministers (till 5 October)
World Teachers’ Day [UNESCO]
World Day for Decent Work
Nicosia: Informal Ministerial Meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy
World Post Day [UPU]
Luxembourg: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).
Tokyo: Annual Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (till 14 October).
World Mental Health Day [WHO]: "Depression, a global crisis"
European Day against the Death Penalty
Launch of the Technology and Innovation UNCTAD Report 2012
Luxembourg: Competitiveness Council (COMPET) (till 11 October).
International Day of the Girl Child
World Sight Day [WHO]
Limassol: EU Aviation Summit (till 12 October).
Tokyo: World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings (till 14 October).
International Day for Disaster Reduction: "Women and Girls - the [in]Visible Force of Resilience"
International Day of Rural Women
Geneva: Human Rights Committee (till 2 November).
Luxembourg: General and Foreign Affairs EU Council (till 16 October).
Rome: Committee on World Food Security (till 20 October).
World Food Day [FAO]: "Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world"
Launch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (UNESCO)
Brussels: European Development Days (till 17 October).
Rio de Janeiro: Global Economic Symposium (till 17 October).
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Brussels: - 3rd meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture (till 18 October).
Brussels: European Council (till 19 October).
- Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings
Dubai: The World Energy Forum 2012 (till 24 October).
Luxembourg: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH) (till 23
Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (22-23 and 25-26 October).
United Nations Day
World Development Information Day
Launch of the Trade and Environment Report 2012: Transform Agriculture to Cope with Climate Change and Assure Food Security
Luxembourg: - Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (JHA) (till 26 October)
- Environment Council (ENVI)
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage [UNESCO]
Geneva: Committee against Torture (till 23 November).
Lefkosia: Annual European Migration Network Conference (till 30 October).
Luxembourg: Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (TTE).
Vienna: International Narcotics Control Board (till 16 November).
Geneva: ILO, Governing Body and its committees (till 16 November).
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
International Week of Science and Peace
Baku (Azerbaijan): Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (till 9 November).
Launch of the Information Economy UNCTAD Report 2012
Brussels: - European Parliament Mini Plenary Session (till 8 November).
- ACP Ministerial Meeting on Climate change (till 9 November).
The Hague: 13th Meeting of the Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (till 8 November).
World Science Day for Peace and Development [UNESCO]
World Pneumonia Day [WHO]
Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs EU Council (ECOFIN)
World Diabetes Day [WHO]: "Diabetes: protect our future"
World Philosophy Day [UNESCO]:
International Day for Tolerance
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day [WHO]
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims [WHO]
Abidjan: World Cocoa Conference (till 23 November).
Brussels: Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).
Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 22 November)
Universal Children’s Day
Africa Industrialization Day
Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH) (till 21 November).
World Television Day
Paramaribo: 30th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and
24th Session of the Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (till 28 November)
Brussels: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (EYCS) (till 23 November).
Brussels: Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (till 10 December)
Brussels: General Affairs Council (GAC)
Doha: Climate Change Conference – COP 18 (till 7 December).
The Hague: Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (till 30 November).
Budapest: Council of Europe - Conference on hate speech (till 28 November).
Strasbourg: Council of Europe - Pompidou Group - Conference on prevention of chemical precursors diversion.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
World AIDS Day
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all"
Brussels: - Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (TTE) (Energy)
Geneva: Meeting of State Parties of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (till 7 December)
Brussels: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN)
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
Brussels: - Justice and Home Affairs EU Council (JHA) (till 7 December).
- Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs EU Council (EPSCO) till 7 Dec
International Civil Aviation Day [ICAO]
International Anti-Corruption Day
Human Rights Day
Brussels: - Competitiveness Council (COMPET) (till 11 December).
- General Affairs Council (GAC) (till 11 December).
Malabo: ACP Council of Ministers, 7th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government (till 14 December).
Oslo: Nobel Peace Prize to Be Awarded.
Strasbourg: European Parliament Plenary Session (till 13 December).
International Mountain Day
Brussels: European Economic and Social Committee: 5th edition of the EESC Civil Society Prize.
Brussels: European Council (till 14 December).
Brussels: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI) (till 18 December).
International Migrants Day
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
Brussels: Environment Council (ENVI).
International Human Solidarity Day
Brussels: Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (TTE) (Transport and Telecoms) (till 21 December).
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CDM African Radio Contest 2012
Under the theme "Changing Lives", the contest aims to spread the word about the benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa and especially in under-represented regions of the continent.
Broadcasters and freelancers from Africa are invited to grab their microphone and recording device and create a compelling radio story that answers the following question: "How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?"
The submission deadline is 6 August, 2012.
‘Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion’ – Video/Photo Competition
The theme is: "What does 'Diversity and Inclusion' mean to you? Why does diversity matter to you? Show us your personal vision".
The competition is part of the ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’ 2012 campaign.
The submission deadline is 15 August, 2012.
Competitions: looking ahead in 2012…
* CCAC Global Outreach and Awareness raising contest
The submission deadline is 24 August, 2012.
* World Tourism Day | Photo Competition 2012
The submission deadline is 31 August, 2012.
* The International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) Short Film Festival
The submission deadline is 30 September, 2012.
* 24FPS International Animation Awards 2012
The submission deadline is 30 September, 2012.
* World Food Day poster contest for young people
The submission deadline is 30 September, 2012.
* 25th anniversary Montreal Protocol global video competition
The submission deadline is 15 October, 2012.
For a more complete list of Competitions, Mobile Apps, Campaigns and Games visit:
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