World Cancer Day - 4th Feb 2014  
World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February. World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.    
2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)  
The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.    
2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability. 13-16 January 2014  
The UN-Water Annual Zaragoza Conferences serve UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day. This conference is part of the road map for World Water Day 2014 focused on the nexus of water and energy. A focused dialogue would already be initiated with the UN-Water seminar on the same topic during World Water Week in Stockholm    
ISO/TS 22003:2013 Food safety management systems -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems  
Unsafe food has always been a human health problem, and many food safety problems encountered today are not new. Although no one standard can eradiate all the problems, ISO/TS 22003 will go a long way to building confidence in certification throughout the food supply chain. The technical specification defines rules on, for example, auditor competencies and audit duration that CBs have to implement. If CBs seek accreditation, the accreditation bodies will assess them to determine if they have implemented these rules    
Human Rights Day-10 December2013  
2013 Theme: 20 Years Working for Your Rights "As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, let us intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon    
World Science Day for Peace and Development 10 November-2013  
The organization of a focused event related to the commitment to science and society was one of the positive outcomes of the 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest. The first World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated worldwide on 10 November 2002 under UNESCO auspices. The celebration involved many partners, such as governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, UNESCO National Commissions, scientific and research institutions, professional associations, the media, science teachers and schools.    
ISO 28841:2013will help developing countries assess the safety of buildings before and after earthquakes  
ISO 28841:2013, Guidelines for simplified seismic assessment and rehabilitation of concrete buildings, has been developed specifically for countries that do not have national building codes already in place. The development and implementation of national building codes relies on having in-depth data on the characteristics of the region (physical, meteorological, geological, seismic, etc.). However, many countries do not have a collection of such data, which can be very resource-heavy.    
World Day to Combat Desertification 2013: Don't let our future dry up!  
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCD) to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This year's theme is drought and water scarcity. The goal of the 2013 WDCD is to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in drylands and beyond, calling attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of post Rio+20 agenda, as well as the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.    
World Environment Day (WED 5 June 2013 )  
World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action and is held on 5 June every year. WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.    

 
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