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Related imageUrban October 2019
31 days of promoting a better urban future. Today 55 per cent of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. Every October UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability. 2018 was the most successful Urban October on record with a total of 61 countries and 107 cities marking World Habitat Day and World Cities Day, and hosting events to celebrate Urban October.
Learn more here. 

World Cities Day
The United Nations General Assembly designated every 31st October as World Cities Day (WCD).The global observation of World Cities Day 2019 will be hosted by Ekaterinburg, in the Russian Federation. The theme is “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations”. World Cities Day promotes sustainable, inclusive urbanization around the world and engenders international cooperation to address the challenges of urbanization. Urbanization is happening at a phenomenal rate. Half the world’s population now live in cities, and this is projected to increase to two-thirds by 2050.
Learn more here.

Conference on the Dignity of Rural Women and Social Responsibility of Global Corporations 
October 15, 2019 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM RSVP here 
Location – Nelson Mandela Conference Room,
Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations,
305 E 47th St, 5th Floor New York, NY 10017

Press Freedom, National Security and Whistle-blowers: From Julian Assange to the White House
October 15, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM RSVP here.
Location – Columbia Maison Française,
515 West 116th Street Buell Hall New York, NY 10027

UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 
October 17, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM RSVP here.
Location – Conference Room 2
United Nations Headquarters
405 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017

Youth Migration Film Forum
October 18th 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM RSVP here.
Location – ECOSOC Chamber
United Nations Headquarters
405 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017

Application for Special-accreditation to the 2020 Ocean Conference
November 15, 2019 RSVP here (organizations only)
United Nations Headquarters
405 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017

United Nations High-Level Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for landlocked developing countries (LLDC’s) for the decade 2014-2024 
5-6 December 2019 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM RSVP here.
Location – United Nations Headquarters
405 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017 Learn more here.

Rotary Day at the United Nations 
November 9, 2019 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM RSVP here.
Location – United Nations Headquarters
405 E 42nd St, 1st Avenue NY 10017

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation 
February 14-16, 2020 – 25th Session of The Youth Assembly
For over a decade, the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation has been championing youth leadership and development by spearheading a unique global platform for today’s young leaders – The Youth Assembly.
Register here before the January 3rd deadline

International Days

International Day of Rural Women 
October 15, 2019
Learn more about the importance of rural women.
Tanzania – BrazilBangladeshBolivia

World Food Day
October 16, 2019
Learn more about how to take action.
2019 Brochure #ZeroHunger

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 
October 17, 2019
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption
of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989 
Learn more here. #EndPoverty


Why it Matters: Updates on Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2
In Focus: Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty – on US $1.90 a day – has dropped massively, from 36% in 1990 to 10% in 2015. But the pace of poverty reduction is slowing down and current projections suggest that 6% of the world’s population will still be living in extreme poverty in 2030, missing the target of the first Sustainable Development Goal.
Learn more here.

After this year’s Climate Action Summit, what happens next?
People across the world need to embrace “fundamental change” in order to combat climate change and meet the target of restricting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Claudio Forner, from UN Climate Change in Bonn, told UN News in an interview that took place following the Climate Action Summit.”
Read the interview here.

UN chief praises Japanese climate resilience, as Typhoon Hagibis cleanup begins
With Typhoon Hagibis causing destruction and loss of life in Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has praised the leadership role the country is playing in climate resilience.”
Read the article here.


WHO: World Report on Vision
The World Health Organization published the World Report on Vision, a detailed analysis of the ever-growing disparities in eye care, accessibility, and sight. The report focuses on strengthening health care systems to provide adequate and accessible care to address Sustainable Development Goal 3: Universal Healthcare. “At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed” The executive summary can be found here.

UNSD: The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019
The United Nations Statistic’s Division published the annual sustainable development report outlining global progress towards the development goals. The report discusses global initiatives and efforts taken to achieve each of the 17 sustainable goals. The report also highlights areas for improvement, and stresses the urgency behind collective approaches toward social and economic transformation in order to achieve a sustainable world.

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