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2019 Holocaust Remembrance Calendar of Events

First Civil Society Briefing in 2019
Giving Back to Create Inclusive and Sustainable Communities
Thursday, 24 January 2019, 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RSVP by Tuesday, 22 January
RSVP to secure a Special Event Ticket. Tickets will be required to access CR2.

United Nations Civil Society Briefing
A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania during the Holocaust
Thursday, 31 January 2019, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RSVP by 27 January
RSVP to secure a Special Event Ticket. Tickets will be required to access CR1.

January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : When Did We Become So Polarized? A History of the US Since 1974
American society is fractured, along economic, racial and partisan lines. Today we don’t even believe the same facts. But this did not start in 2016. In their new book, Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, Princeton historians Kevin Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer trace nearly five decades of division. They start the story in 1974, when Watergate, the defeat in Vietnam, racial conflict and economic convulsions began an unsettling new political era.

January 29, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm : Better Angels: Documentary Screening and Panel
China’s rise has become one, if not the most consequential developments for the world — an economic and geopolitical phenomenon that has not gone unnoticed by the U.S. The “Thucydides Trap” of great power conflict due to a state of mutual distrust has, therefore, become a subject of discussion in recent years. Are the U.S. and China destined for war?
Join us for a screening of Better Angels, a documentary film that argues for the U.S. and China to overcome economic rivalries, ideological challenges and cultural differences to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes not only for both countries but also for the world.

January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Book Launch–Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf
Please join us for the launch of Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf, the next book in the Center on Global Energy Policy Series published by the Columbia University Press. Author Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, traces the history of the Gulf states’ energy use and policies, looking in particular at how energy subsidies have distorted demand. Krane expertly lays out the hard choices that Gulf leaders face to keep petro-states viable in a world increasingly focused on combating climate change.
Guests unable to attend in person can view a livestream of the event at

January 30, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm : Financing the SDGs, Privatization, and Human Rights
A Discussion with Jeffrey Sachs and Philip Alston
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to provide a roadmap for all governments to eliminate extreme poverty and achieve a range of other key economic and social goals by 2030. However, financing to achieve these objectives, including the eradication of extreme poverty, currently falls trillions of dollars short. Achievement of the SDGs is at risk unless current finance trajectories can be shifted. Jeffrey Sachs, the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, and Philip Alston, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will discuss the relationship between finance, human rights, and the SDGs, including a focus on current trends toward privatization.

International Days

Celebrating the first International Day of Education in 2019: January 24
By proclaiming the International Day of Education, UN member states recognized the importance of working to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels – so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities that help them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to access opportunities to participate fully in society and contribute to sustainable development.

On 3 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with consensus a resolution proclaiming 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

The adoption of the resolution 73/25 “International Day of Education”, co-authored by Nigeria and 58 other Member States, demonstrated the unwavering political will to support transformative actions for inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – 27 January
The theme of the Holocaust remembrance and education activities this year is “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights”. This theme encourages youth to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust, act against discrimination and defend democratic values in their communities, at a time when the spread of Neo-Nazism and hate groups fuels the rising antisemitism and other forms of hatred around the world. The theme highlights the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
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Campaigns and Reports

Follow #SDGLive at World Economic Forum
The Annual Meeting in Davos, titled ‘Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, remains the foremost gathering of top leaders from politics, business, civil society and. In the true “Davos Spirit”, the aim is to advance these agendas with bold ideas and exciting opportunities to consider in the year ahead.

On 22-25 January in Davos, the SDG Media Zone will host conversations with world leaders, economists, influencers attending the World Economic Forum.

International Labour Organization: Future of work report, ILO Centenary celebrations: 22 January 2019
January 22 will be a big day for the ILO, as daylong celebrations marking the start of its 100th anniversary begin with the launch of the Global Commission report on the Future of Work. View online coverage.

New Global UNHCR Campaign: 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety
UNHCR announced a new global campaign calling on people all over the world to cover the distance travelled by refugees each year.

The 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign invites people to act in solidarity and run, walk or cycle to achieve a cumulative total of two billion kilometres. Participants can use their fitness apps or the campaign website –– to log the kilometres and contribute to a global total.

To join the campaign, please visit the website:


World Bank / Financial Times Blog Competition
“How Would You Reimagine Education?”
High school students around the world between the ages of 16-19 are asked to submit a short blog post on what could help better prepare them for the future. Youth will be most affected by the changing nature of jobs and skills and we believe they will have some interesting ideas about the opportunities that technology can provide them. Please share this with your networks so that we may hear from young people on their ideas on how to re-imagine education.
Apply here by 31 January 2019.

14th St. Jerome Translation Contest – Deadline is 31 January 2019
Following up on the commemoration of International Translation Day, celebrated every year on 30 September, the Conference Management Service of the United Nations Office at Vienna is pleased to announce the launch of the fourteenth edition of the St. Jerome Translation Contest.
Deadline is 31 January 2019.


UN Exhibit: Lives Cut Short: Seeking Refuge During the Holocaust – On display starting 16 January 2019
Through the story of young Holocaust victim, Ruth Maier, this exhibition portrays the broader history of the Jewish refugees’ search for safety during the Holocaust. It shows the courage and desperate choices Jewish parents made to keep their children alive. Ruth’s diaries and writings provide a searing testimony of creative promise destroyed through the actions of the Nazis and their collaborators and supporters.

UN Exhibit: Beyond Duty – On display starting 16 January 2019
This exhibition relates the unique stories of dozens of diplomats from the Holocaust period who have been recognized by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as Righteous Among the Nations. Presented in connection with the 2019 Holocaust Commemoration, the exhibit is dedicated to all Righteous Among the Nations, and the Holocaust survivors whose courage and resilience inspire all.

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