UNITED NATIONS DAY – 24 October

History of UNITED NATIONS day

UN 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.

There is no other global organization with the legitimacy, convening power and normative impact of the United Nations. Today, the urgency for all countries to come together, to fulfil the promise of the nations united, has rarely been greater.

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. All the member states of the United Nations contribute finances to its operation to help further its goals. Aside from World Peace its role has grown to include protecting human rights, promoting social and economic development, and providing aid around the world in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.

The 75th anniversary

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter. This anniversary comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. But it is also a reminder that times of struggle can become an opportunity for positive change and transformation.

Background

The foundations for a “League of Nations” were laid in the Treaty of Versailles, which was one of the treaties to formally end World War I. The treaty was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. The league aimed to encourage disarmament, prevent outbreaks of war, encourage negotiations and diplomatic measures to settle international disputes and to improve the quality of life around the world. However, the outbreak of World War II suggested that the League of Nations needed to take on a different form.

The ideas around the United Nations were developed in the last years of World War II, particularly during the UN Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, the United States, beginning on April 25, 1945. The UN was officially created when a UN charter was ratified on October 24 that year.

Symbols

The UN emblem consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole. It depicts all continents except Antarctica and four concentric circles representing degrees of latitude. The projection is surrounded by images of olive branches, representing peace. The emblem is often blue, although it is printed in white on a blue background on the UN flag.

UN FLAG

How to Celebrate United Nations Day

Celebrating United Nations Day can be done by getting to know about this great organization and the differences it makes in your life. Some of the basic rights and privileges enjoyed by people around the world are a result of the work done by the United Nations. Recently, access to the Internet was declared a basic human right, a declaration and communication network. While this doesn’t guarantee that everyone will have the ability to access the internet, it does guarantee that everyone has the right to.

2020 Celebrations

UN annual concert

To celebrate UN Day, an annual concert is usually held in the General Assembly Hall.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the concert will be prerecorded. It will be screened in the GA Hall on Thursday, 22 October 2020 at 12.00 p.m. (New York local time).

WORLD DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION DAY-24 OCTOBER

The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)). The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.

World Development Information Day is celebrated annually on October 24th. The day focuses on improving the dissemination of information and mobilizing public opinion, especially among young people.

The primary goal for improving the dissemination of information and mobilizing public opinion is to create awareness for problems of development. Once the world brings its attention to the issues of development, countries around the world are better equipped to solve such problems.

WORLD DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION DAY EVENTS

In recent years many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information-technologies, such as the Internet and mobile telephones free from digital divide can play in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development. One of the specific aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people and this change may help to further this aim.

#3 ERASMUSDAYS 15-16-17 October

15, 16 and 17 October 2020, three days of celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond during the #ErasmusDays. A unique opportunity to organize eventsshare Erasmus experiences or spread the word about projects. Under the umbrella of Erasmus Program there’s also European Solidarity Corps initiative.

#ERASMUSDAYS with Proder

Erasmus days are coming to an end today, 17 October. Throughout these three days we have shared with you the testimonies of our participants who in their videos told their experiences of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps. You can find them on our social media: YouTubeFacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

On the occasion of the last day, we want to share with you the story of our volunteer abroad for the European Solidarity Corps. Çağrı is currently in France for the project he joined, however, he has answered some questions for us.

Çağrı from Turkey

Çağrı has arrived in France in January and started volunteering for L’Arche de La Vallée, which welcomes people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. He studies Business Administration in Turkey. After his volunteering experience of two months in Russia, he applied for a second ESC project in France. The aim of the project he’s now volunteering for is help people with disabilities, discover their world and the challenges they face in daily life.

He applied through European Youth Portal sending his resume and cover letter, and he waited for an answer.

After the online interview with the hosting organization, he got accepted. He got in touch with us – his sending organization – which helped him to plan his transfer in Hauterives, buying his fly tickets and completing the paperworks about visa and insurance. All of us – Çağrı, the hosting organization and us as his sending organization – have signed the activity agreement. Then he left and started his new experience abroad.

The hosting organization provides for him accommodation, food allowance and pocket money, other than the reimbursement of fly tickets on the base of project’s budget. Çağrı will stay there for a period of 10 months total.

Listen to Çağrı’s story!

Thank you for having spent this #ERASMUSDAYS with us! See you next year!

WORLD FOOD DAY-16 OCTOBER 2020

World Food Day is an international day celebrated every year worldwide on 16 October to commemorate the date of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with hunger and food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. WFP received the Nobel Prize in Peace for 2020 for their efforts to combat hunger, contribute to peace in conflict areas, and for playing a leading role in stopping the use of hunger in the form of a weapon for war and conflict.

World Food Day is celebrated every year with different themes to focus on areas that require action and offer a common objective. This year the World Food Day 2020 theme is:

“Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”

World Food Day is calling for global solidarity to help all populations, and especially the most vulnerable, to recover from the crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all, and decent livelihoods for food system workers. This will require improved social protection schemes and new opportunities offered through digitalization and e-commerce, but also more sustainable agricultural practices that preserve the Earth’s natural resources, our health, and the climate

What can we do on World Food Day?

One of the best ways to celebrate World Food Day is by giving food to people who need it the most. If you do a quick search online, you should be able to find the nearest food bank to you. Most food banks are going to accept food or money.

Our actions are our future.

Countries, the private sector and civil society need to make sure that our food systems grow a variety of food to nourish a growing population and sustain the planet, together.

#2 ERASMUSDAYS 15-16-17 October

15, 16 and 17 October 2020, three days of celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond during the #ErasmusDays. A unique opportunity to organize eventsshare Erasmus experiences or spread the word about projects. Under the umbrella of Erasmus Program there’s also European Solidarity Corps initiative.

What is the European Solidarity Corps?

The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.

European Solidarity Corps projects are available to people between the ages of 18 and 30. After completing a simple registration process, European Solidarity Corps participants could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities.

Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months. They will usually be located within the European Union Member States.

#ERASMUSDAYS with Proder

Today, 16 of October, is the second of the Erasmus days. On the occasion of this day, we as Proder have collected the story about the European Solidarity Corps experience of two of our participants in a video, shared on our social media: YouTubeFacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Chiara from Cagliari, Italy

Chiara has come here on August and started volunteering in the EU Project Office of Eskişehir Governorship. She graduated in International Cooperation at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. After her graduation she worked for Unicef Italia for a year, but she still wanted to gain some experience abroad. Looking online through the vacancies on European Youth Portal she found the Project she’s now volunteering for. She sent her resume and cover letter, and waited for an answer.

After the online interview with the hosting organization, she got accepted. She got in touch with her sending organization, which helped her planning her transfer here in Eskişehir, buying her fly tickets and completing the paperworks about insurance. All of them – Chiara, the hosting organization and the sending organization – have signed the activity agreement. She was supposed to arrive in March, but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic she had to postpone her departure to August.

The hosting organization provides for her accommodation, food allowance and pocket money, other than the reimbursement of fly tickets on the base of project’s budget. Chiara will stay here for a period of 12 months total.

Irene from Catania, Italy

Irene’s experience is very similar to Chiara’s. Actually, Irene and Chiara came here together. Also Irene is graduated in International Cooperation at “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” of Milan. Right after her graduation, she started looking for a volunteering experience abroad and as Chiara, she joined the Corps.

Indeed, they’re working for the same project, and together while they’re volunteering for Eskişehir Governorship, they joined Proder’s staff as volunteers. Chiara and Irene share their knowledge and expertise with us and help develop and implementing our projects.

Listen to Chiara and Irene’story!
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#ERASMUSDAYS 15-16-17 October

15, 16 and 17 October 2020, three days of celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond during the #ErasmusDays. A unique opportunity to organize events, share Erasmus experiences or spread the word about projects.

What is the Erasmus+?

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange programme established in 1987.Erasmus+ is the new programme combining all the EU’s current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, which was started in January 2014.

Students who join the Erasmus Programme study at least 3 months or do an internship for a period of at least 2 months to an academic year in another European country. The Erasmus Programme guarantees that the period spent abroad is recognised by their university when they come back, as long as they abide by terms previously agreed.

Students, on the base of their grades, get an Erasmus Scholarship, which covers the expenses of living abroad.

#ERASMUSDAYS with Proder

Today, 15 October, is the first of the Erasmus days. On this occasion, we as Proder have collected the story about the Erasmus+ experience of one of our participants in a video, shared on our social media: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Ayshan Valizada from Azerbaijan

Ayshan has come here on July and started her internship. She is a student of the Computer Science Faculty at Academia WSB University in Poland. During the first year of her master’s degree, following an English exam, she got a Scholarship and applied to Erasmus+ Internship Program through the International Office of her University. Looking online for the right experience for her, she found this internship on erasmusintern.org. She sent her resume and cover letter, and waited for an answer. After the online interview with organization mentors, she got accepted. All of them – Ayshan, the hosting organization and the International Office of the University – have signed the learning agreement and completed the paperworks about insurance, accommodation, fly tickets and all other details. She was supposed to arrive in June, but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic she had to postpone her departure.

Now Ayshan is here with us as an important resource of our staff. The three months of her internship have flown, we will miss her so much!

Listen to Ayshan’s story!
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN-15 OCTOBER 2020

October 15 is the UN International Day of Rural Women. This day, which was first established in 2008, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Gender inequity plays a special role within agriculture, as women are often pivotal to ensure household food security. Yet they are often not given access to resources or have little decision-making power.

Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19

Women and girls are disadvantaged in this pandemic, a problem aggravated in rural areas. Rural women, with a crucial role in agriculture, food security and nutrition, already face struggles in their daily lives. Now, since COVID-19 and their unique health needs in remote areas, they are less likely to have access to quality health services, essential medicines, and vaccines. Restrictive social norms and gender stereotypes can also limit rural women’s ability to access health services. Furthermore, a lot of rural women suffer from isolation, as well as the spread of misinformation, and a lack of access to critical technologies to improve their work and personal life.

Despite all of that, rural women have been at the front lines of responding to the pandemic even as their unpaid care and domestic work increased under lockdowns.

We need measures to alleviate the care burden and better redistribute it between women and men, between families and public/commercial services, especially in the most marginalized remote villages . We need to advocate for sufficient infrastructure and services (water, health, electricity, etc.) to support women’s productive and unpaid care, domestic work, which is exacerbated by the crisis. 

The Invaluable Contribution of Rural Women to Development

The crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods, has been increasingly recognized. Women account for a substantial proportion of the agricultural labour force, including informal work, and domestic work within families and households in rural areas. They make significant contributions to agricultural production, food security and nutrition, land and natural resource management, and building climate resilience.

World Standards Day – 14 October

Each year on 14 October, the members of IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards.

2020 topic is: Protecting the Planet with Standards.

Over the last century human and large-scale industrial activities of our modern civilization have added to earth’s natural greenhouse gases. They negatively impact our climate and with it all forms of life. At the same time rapid population growth and broad urbanization call for the responsible use of limited resources.

To reduce human impact on our planet, we need the political will, concrete action and the right tools. The international standards prepared take into account tried and true solutions to technical challenges. They help share expertise and expert know-how broadly within developed and developing countries alike. Standards cover all aspects of energy savings, water and air quality. They lay down standardized protocols and methods of measurement. International standards help reduce the environmental impact of industrial production and processes, facilitates the reuse of limited resources and improves energy efficiency.

World Standards Day 2020

Protecting the planet with standards

Every year, on the occasion of World Standards Day IEC, ISO and ITU lanch a poster contest.

World Standards Day 2020 poster contest winners:

The winner: Jyoti Bisht from India
1st runner-upAvishek Sahoo from India
2nd runner-up: Mohsen Jafari from the Islamic Republic of Iran

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION- 13 October 2020

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on the second Wednesday of October.
This day is celebrated to raise the profile of disaster risk reduction.

It also encourages people and governments to participate in building more resilient communities and nations.

What People do during this International Day?

Activities for the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction usually include media announcements about launches for campaigns that center on the day’s theme. Governments and communities also takes part in the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction through various events. Drawing, drama, essay or photography competitions that focus on making people aware of natural disaster reduction and increasing their preparedness for such situations are an example of this events. Other activities include: community tree planting; conferences, fairs and seminars; and street parades.

Background

Many people around the world have lost their lives, homes or access to essential facilities, such as hospitals, due to natural disasters. Disasters like earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis, heavy flooding, hurricanes or cyclones. Some of these disasters have caused economic damage to some countries. Education, training, and information exchanges are effective ways to help people become better equipped in withstanding natural disasters.

On December 22, 1989, the UN General Assembly designated the second Wednesday of October as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. This event was to be observed annually during the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, 1990-1999. On December 20, 2001, the assembly decided to maintain the observance to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Sendai Seven Campaign for Risk Reduction

2016 saw the launch of the “Sendai Seven” campaign by UNDRR, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. The first of which is reducing disaster mortality. The campaign sought to create a wave of awareness about actions taken to reduce mortality around the world. Last year’s target focused on prevention, protection and reducing the number of people affected by disasters.

The Sendai Seven Campaign is an opportunity for all, including governments, local governments, community groups, civil society organisations, the private sector, international organisations and the UN family, to promote best practices at the international, regional and national level across all sectors, to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses.

The 2020 edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target 5: “Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020; their resilience by 2030”.

Visit: https://www.undrr.org/

International Day of Girl Child- 11 October

Known as the Day of Girls, for short, the International Day of the Girl Child is a day that’s observed all over the world to bring a light to and fight the injustices and inequalities faced by girls based on their gender.

The day is marked by efforts both to raise awareness and to offer opportunities to girls and young women, addressing issues like access to education, healthcare rights, career and employment and much more.

History of International Day of the Girl Child

The day was initially a project designed by the non-governmental international organization, Plan International. It was inspired by their “Because I Am A Girl” campaign, which celebrated and encouraged the increasing role of girls and young women in efforts to raise awareness of gender issues across the world.

Eventually, Plan International urged the United Nations to get involved, and the first official Day of Girls took place in 2012, with a resolution backed by the international organization to cement it.

Since then, International Day of the Girl Child has been celebrated with a new theme every year. Those themes tackle the issues girls and young women face, but especially in developing nations where they don’t have as strong a voice advocating for them.

Over the years, worldwide initiatives have been taken with aims such as ending child marriage, innovating education for girls, and training young women with skills to help them excel in the workplace. Since then, thousands of events are planned every year, across the world, both sponsored by the United Nations and by independent initiatives like nonprofits and local organizations.

My Voice, Our Equal Future

Progress for adolescent girls has not kept pace with the realities they face today, and COVID-19 has reinforced many of these gaps. This year, under the theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, let’s seize the opportunity to be inspired by what adolescent girls see as the change they want, the solutions- big and small- they are leading and demanding across the globe.

In 2020, we commemorate 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the global agenda for advancing the rights and empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. Generation Equality was also launched in early 2020 as a multi-year, multi-partner campaign and movement for bold action on gender equality. A clear narrative and actions related to the needs and opportunities of adolescent girls and their solutions is central to the Generation Equality mission.

As adolescent girls worldwide assert their power as change-makers, International Day of the Girl 2020 will focus on their demands to:

  • Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS  
  • Learn new skills towards the futures they choose  
  • Lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change

Background

In 1995 at the World Conference on Women in Beijing countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls. The Beijing Declaration is the first to specifically call out girls’ rights.

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.

Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities. As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations.

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