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December 2017

Bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941

December 7, 2017

International Day for the Commemoration of Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

December 9, 2017

From the UN Website: Background The Genocide Convention (article 2) defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group … ", including: Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within…

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International Anti-Corruption Day

December 9, 2017

From the UN Website: Background Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible…

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Human Rights Day

December 10, 2017

From the UN website: Stand up for someone's rights today! Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Disrespect for…

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Hanukkah Begins

December 12, 2017

International Migrants Day

December 18, 2017

From the UN Website: "On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has…

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Hanukkah Ends

December 20, 2017

International Human Solidarity Day

December 20, 2017

"Global problems require collective solutions. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, people need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon This year's celebration of Human Solidarity Day comes after leaders of the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a new, inclusive development agenda — succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — to eradicate poverty,…

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Christmas Day

December 25, 2017

Kwanzaa Begins

December 26, 2017
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