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May 2017

Ramadan

May 26 - June 25

In Islam, Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, followers of Islam, known as Muslims, do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends. The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Id al-Fitr that is…

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June 2017

United Nations Public Service Day

June 23

"All countries and all people need a public service that is competent, equipped and well-resourced. Public service needs to be diverse and ethical. It needs to be dedicated to effectively serving people and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable." -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated 23 June as Public Service Day. The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight…

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United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 26

"The law is crystal clear: torture can never be used at any time or under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat.  On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we express our solidarity with and support for the hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their family members throughout the world." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The…

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July 2017

International Day of Cooperatives

July 1

The United Nations recognizes and reaffirms the role of cooperatives in economic, social and cultural development and in the achievement of social policy objectives as shown in various resolutions specific to cooperatives and the bi-ennial publication of the Secretary-General’s report on the role of cooperatives in social development. In resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, the General Assembly proclaims “the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International…

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American Independence Day

July 4

First Atomic Bomb Detonated in New Mexico, 1945

July 16

Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18

Two Year Anniversary of Restored U.S.-Cuban Relations

July 20

WWI Begins in Europe in 1914

July 28

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30

"Human traffickers prey on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end this inhumane practice, we must do more to shield migrants and refugees -- and particularly young people, women and children -- from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future." Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon A demonstration against human trafficking. Photo: OHCHR Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour…

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