Archive for May, 2010

World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2010

WNTD, created by the World Health Organization, is celebrated each year to inform people on the dangers of smoking and the business practices of the tobacco industry. Today is meant to be a 24-hour period of total abstinence of all forms of tobacco consumption all over the world. This year’s theme is “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women”.

The smokers’ response is that it’s their right to smoke but they have to know that their behavior also affects non-smokers around them. For more info on the event visit the WHO website: http://www.who.int/tobacco/communications/events/wntd/en/.

If you want to try to quit smoking and need some help check out this useful Guide to Quitting Smoking: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_10_13x_guide_for_quitting_smoking.asp

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International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
May 29, 2010

The UN General Assembly describes this celebration as “an observance to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”

For more information about the activities of the UN Peacekeepers visit: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/.

Blue Helmets

European Neighbours’ Day, National Multiple Birth Awareness Day, World Play Day, Don’t Fry Day
May 28, 2010

On European Neighbours’ Day we are all encouraged to invite our neighbours for a drink, a BBQ or even just a chat and have a good time. This years it’s the 10th edition of the event as it was launched in Paris in 2000. Check out the website: http://www.european-neighbours-day.com/ for tips and pictures of previous editions.

In Canada it’s the National Multiple Birth Awareness Day today. The event was established in 2005, the birth year of the Dionne quintuplets, and is organized each year to help us understand the challenges that brings a multiple-birth to the new borns and their families. Fore more info, visit http://www.multiplebirthscanada.org/english/awareness.php.

World Play Day is also celebrated each year on this date to emphasize the importance of playing in children’s (and adults’ !) lives. Children learn to talk, make friends, exercise, … through play. Take a look at the WPD website: http://www.itla-toylibraries.org/wpdv.htm.

Playing is very important for children

And in the US the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention organizes Don’t Fry Day to encourage us to protect our skin in the sun now that the summer is on its way. (http://www.skincancerprevention.org/Events/DontFryDay/tabid/113/Default.aspx)


Meryl Streep Day
May 26, 2010

Today fans of Meryl Streep celebrate the brilliant actress by organising Meryl Streep marathons, …

There is also a Meryl Streep Day fan page on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meryl-Streep-Day-27th-May-3/301113712654

Meryl Streep

After Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock both won the award for Best Actress at the Critics' Choice Awards on January 15, 2010, they celebrated with a big kiss.

World MS Day
May 26, 2010

Today a lot of activities are organized around the world to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. This is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Until today MS is still incurable.

For more information visit http://www.takingcontrolofmultiplesclerosis.org/.

World Turtle Day
May 23, 2010

This special day dedicated to turtles is sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue to encourage us all to have more respect for the endangered species and to take action to protect them and their environment.

For more info check out the organization’s website: http://www.tortoise.com/.

So cute!

International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22, 2010

This holiday, also known as ‘World Biodiversity Day’ was created by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme of this year is “Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation”.

Moreover, 2010 has been declared “International Year of Biodiversity” in which we are all invited to take action to safeguard the variety of life on earth.

For more info visit the website of the IYBD and the Convention on Biological Diversity:

http://www.cbd.int/2010/welcome/

http://www.cbd.int/idb/2010/.

Cute fishies swimming by a beautiful coral reef

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21, 2010

This day, proclaimed ‘Diversity Day’ by the General Assembly of the United Nations, is an opportunity for all of us to appreciate the differences in each other’s cultures and to learn to “live together” better.

UNESCO also reminds us of the relationship between culture and development in which information and dialogue play an important role.

Diversity colors our world!

National day of Hatred in Cambodia
May 20, 2010

This event is held each year to commemorate the mass murders perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. Approximately 1,7 million people died from disease, starvation or execution.

Today the Cambodians are encouraged to express and channel their hatred.

All over the country, reenactments of the mass murders take place

World Hepatitis Day
May 19, 2010

This initiative aims to raise awareness of Hepatitis B and C and increase the political support for the disease.

This year’s theme is “This is Hepatitis…” because a lot of people still don’t know how bad those diseases can affect people’s lives. Approximately 500 million people around the world are currently infected with chronic hepatitis B or C and each year one million people die because of it.

Also visit http://www.worldhepatitisday.com for more information.