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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust - 27 January 

The theme of the Holocaust remembrance and education activities this year is “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights”. This theme encourages youth to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust, act against discrimination and defend democratic values in their communities, at a time when the spread of Neo-Nazism and hate groups fuels the rising antisemitism and other forms of hatred around the world. The theme highlights the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
About the United Nations and the Holocaust Remembrance Programme

2019 Holocaust Remembrance Calendar of Events

RSVP for the Civil Society Briefing A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania during the Holocaust 31 January 2019

UN Exhibit: Lives Cut Short: Seeking Refuge During the Holocaust - On display starting 16 January 2019

Through the story of young Holocaust victim, Ruth Maier, this exhibition portrays the broader history of the Jewish refugees’ search for safety during the Holocaust. It shows the courage and desperate choices Jewish parents made to keep their children alive. Ruth’s diaries and writings provide a searing testimony of creative promise destroyed through the actions of the Nazis and their collaborators and supporters.


UN ExhibitBeyod Duty - On display starting 16 January 2019

This exhibition relates the unique stories of dozens of diplomats from the Holocaust period who have been recognized by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as Righteous Among the Nations. Presented in connection with the 2019 Holocaust Commemoration, the exhibit is dedicated to all Righteous Among the Nations, and the Holocaust survivors whose courage and resilience inspire all. 

Celebrating the first International Day of Education in 2019

By proclaiming the International Day of Education, UN member states recognized the importance of working to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels – so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities that help them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to access opportunities to participate fully in society and contribute to sustainable development.

On 3 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with consensus a resolution proclaiming 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

The adoption of the resolution 73/25 “International Day of Education”, co-authored by Nigeria and 58 other Member States, demonstrated the unwavering political will to support transformative actions for inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.

Follow #SDGLive at World Economic Forum

The Annual Meeting in Davos, titled ‘Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, remains the foremost gathering of top leaders from politics, business, civil society and. In the true “Davos Spirit”, the aim is to advance these agendas with bold ideas and exciting opportunities to consider in the year ahead.
On 22-25 January in Davos, the SDG Media Zone will host conversations with world leaders, economists, influencers attending the World Economic Forum. More...

International Labour Organization: Future of work report, ILO Centenary celebrations to be launched on 22 January 2019
January 22 will be a big day for the ILO, as daylong celebrations marking the start of its 100th anniversary begin with the launch of the Global Commission report on the Future of Work. View online coverage

New Global UNHCR Campaign 
UNHCR announced a new global campaign calling on people all over the world to cover the distance travelled by refugees each year.

The 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign invites people to act in solidarity and run, walk or cycle to achieve a cumulative total of two billion kilometres. Participants can use their fitness apps or the campaign website –– to log the kilometres and contribute to a global total.

To join the campaign, please visit the website:

World Bank / Financial Times Blog Competition
"How Would You Reimagine Education?"

High school students around the world between the ages of 16-19 are asked to submit a short blog post on what could help better prepare them for the future. Youth will be most affected by the changing nature of jobs and skills and we believe they will have some interesting ideas about the opportunities that technology can provide them. Please share this with your networks so that we may hear from young people on their ideas on how to re-imagine education. 
  • Apply here by 31 January 2019
  • More details available here
14th St. Jerome Translation Contest - Deadline is 31 January 2019
Following up on the commemoration of International Translation Day, celebrated every year on 30 September, the Conference Management Service of the United Nations Office at Vienna is pleased to announce the launch of the fourteenth edition of the St. Jerome Translation Contest.
Deadline is 31 January 2019

Civil Society Unit (formerly NGO Relations Unit)

Note on New Name
New Briefings, Chat Series and Events Calendar - Winter/Spring 2019

First Civil Society Briefing in 2019
Giving Back to Create Inclusive and Sustainable Communities

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters, New York 
RSVP by Tuesday, 22 January
RSVP to secure a Special Event Ticket. Tickets will be required to access CR2.
RSVP by Tuesday, 22 January 2019

United Nations Civil Society Briefing
A Matter of Humanity: The Rescue of Jews in Albania during the Holocaust 

Date: Thursday, 31 January 2019
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York 
RSVP by 27 January
RSVP to secure a Special Event Ticket. Tickets will be required to access CR1.
RSVP by 27 January 2019
The 2018 Annual Review for NGOs formally associated with DGC (formerly DPI) is open from 4 December 2018 until 10 February 2019*

Has your organization submitted the 2018 Annual Review?
Check with the Head of organization if the email with username and password was received on 4 December 2018.*
Contact if you cannot submit the 2018 Annual Review online.**

*An email has been sent to the Head of the Organization unless another preferred email address was indicated by the NGO for communication with UN DGC (formerly DPI).
**Please complete the form even if it the title is 2017 or 2019 Annual Review.

For questions or inquiries, please email us at

Civil Society Resource Centre and Conference Room

Resource Centre

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 2 - 4 p.m.
Friday: 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Conference Room Reservation

Monday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: It is mandatory for all visitors to sign-in at the Resource Centre and state the purpose of their visit. Failure to sign-in may result in denial of access to future conference room bookings.
To book the Conference Room please send your request via e-mail to Please note, a Civil Society Representative/s of Organizations associated with the Department of Global Communications must be present during your scheduled meeting. We will need the following information: - Name of the organization - Name of person responsible for the booking - Contact information (e-mail address and phone number) - Purpose of meeting We will send a confirmation e-mail with the booking information.

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