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April 2015

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

April 6
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Every year

Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights,…

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World Health Day (WHO)

April 7
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In 1948, the World Health Organization held the First World Health Assembly. From 1950 onward, the Assembly decided to celebrate April 7th of each year as the World Health Day. It marks the founding of the WHO and is an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme.

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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

April 7
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The start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, 7 April, has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. On or around that date, the UN organized and participated in commemorative events in many countries, including in Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

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Day of Pink

April 8
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Every year on the 2nd Wednesday of May

April 8th marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite to celebrate diversity and raise awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic, and all forms of bullying. The International Day of Pink began in Nova Scotia when two heterosexual high school students witnessed a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The two students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic, and transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts…

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Day of Silence

April 11
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Every year

The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

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International Day of Human Space Flight

April 12
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Every year

12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. The United Nations General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the…

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International Mother Earth Day (UN)

April 22
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Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet Earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet. For instance, Bolivians call Mother Earth Pachamama and Nicaraguans refer to her as Tonantzin. Recognizing that Mother Earth reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit, the General Assembly declared 22 April as International Mother Earth Day (A/RES/63/278). ”…

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World Book and Copyright Day

April 23
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Every year

UNESCO Member States around the world celebrate the power of books to bring us together and transmit the culture of peoples and their dreams of a better future. This day provides an opportunity to reflect together on ways to better disseminate the culture of the written word and to allow all individuals, men, women and children to access it, through literacy programmes and support for careers in publishing, book shops, libraries and schools. Books are our allies in spreading education,…

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World Intellectual Property Day (WIPO)

April 25
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Every year

On April 26 every year, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day in order to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity.

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World Malaria Day

April 25
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Every year

World Malaria Day was instituted by WHO Member States during the 2007 World Health Assembly. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. It is also an opportunity for new donors to join the global malaria partnership, and for research and academic institutions to showcase their scientific work.

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