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October 2017

International Day of the Girl

October 11

Organized by: World Health Organization

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year is the fifth annual International Day of the Girl Child in which people around the world participate in the global effort to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls.

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International Day of Rural Women

October 15

Organized by: World Health Organization

Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population. In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force, and produce, process and prepare much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security. Bearing in mind that 76 per cent of the extreme poor live in rural areas, ensuring rural women’s access to productive agricultural…

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Global Handwashing Day

October 15

Organized by: World Health Organization

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Global Handwashing Day is designed to: Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap; Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world; Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap. Each year, over 200 million people are…

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World Food Day

October 16

Organized by: World Health Organization

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero. The theme for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 17

Organized by: World Health Organization

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assemblé, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Poverty eradication remains at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promotes dialogue and understanding between people living in poverty and their communities, and society at large. “It represents…

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United Nations Day

October 24

Organized by: World Health Organization

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. This year’s observance…

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World Polio Day

October 24

Organized by: World Health Organization

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease.…

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World Cities Day

October 31

Organized by: World Health Organization

Recognizing the significance of urban basic services as a foundation for the overall social and economic development, the UN General Assembly designated on 27 December 2013, by resolution 68/239, 31 October as World Cities Day as of 2014. Planned urbanization maximizes the capacity of cities to generate employment and wealth, and to foster diversity and social cohesion between different classes, cultures, ethnicities and religions. Cities designed to live together create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of…

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November 2017

TEDMED

November 1 - November 3

Organized by: TEDMED

As we work to make advances that will shape a healthier humanity, progress is incremental but vision is unbounded. We create a healthier world by working in that fertile zone between the limited (knowledge, resources, time) and the limitless (imagination, creativity, curiosity). This year’s event will focus on that productive tension between “what is” and “what if,” the inspiration that continues to drive us further into what’s possible. Together, we are limitless.

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ASTMH 66th Annual Meeting

November 5 - November 9

Organized by: ASTMH

The ASTMH Annual Meeting draws tropical medicine and global health professionals representing academia, government, non-profits, philanthropy, NGOs, industry, military and private practice. The meeting is designed for researchers, professors, government and public health officials, military personnel, travel clinic physicians, practicing physicians in tropical medicine, students and all health care providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene and global health.

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