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October 2017

Side Event: Rebranding Africa Forum

October 5

Organized by: UNFPA and GBCHealth

In addition to UN General Assembly event, UNFPA, GBCHealth and AfriYAN will hold a special side event on October 5th in Brussels in the lead up to the Rebranding Africa Forum. The event will serve as a platform to discuss the role of youth in harnessing the demographic dividend. There will be two sessions: mobilizing media practitioners and a dialogue with the private sector, governments and youth organizations to discuss current progress on the African Union’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap. More…

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Rebranding Africa Forum

October 6

Organized by: Rebranding Africa

In its efforts to accelerate the emergence of the African continent, the Rebranding Africa Forum this year will devote itself in exploring a better coordination between African demography, sometimes considered as its main asset, and at times as its major constraint and the financial systems, regularly accused of not playing adequately their role in the development of Africa. The demographic dividend refers to the economic growth potential that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure, mainly when the…

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World Bank/IMF annual meetings

October 7 - October 9

Organized by: World Health Organization

Each autumn, the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold Annual Meetings to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance. The Annual Meetings provide a forum for international cooperation and enable the Bank and Fund to better serve their member countries. The Annual Meetings traditionally are held in Washington, D.C. two years out of three and, in order to reflect the international character of the two…

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SOCAP-Social Capital Markets Conference

October 10 - October 13

Organized by: SOCAP

SOCAP is the world’s leading conference on social capital markets—a gathering where powerful ideas are sparked and game changing partnerships get started. The conference brings together social entrepreneurs, impact investors, funders, business leaders and other innovators and problem solvers from across the world. Now in its 10th year, SOCAP is a catalyst for much needed change, creating a vibrant market for ventures that support people, planet, and profits. Join us October 10-13, 2017 on the waterfront in San Francisco!

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World Mental Health Day

October 10

Organized by: World Health Organization

Thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. They are not only discriminated against, stigmatised and marginalised but are also subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community. Poor quality care due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities leads to further violations. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental…

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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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