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The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

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International Migrants Day 18 December

The UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, has proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day.

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December 18, 2013

October 1 is the U.N. Day of the Older Person

Today is UN Day of the Older Person. The theme of the 2013 commemoration is “The future we want: what older persons are saying”. In recognition of this day we invite you to check our our latest webinar ODSP and Aging as well as resources in legal topics of interest to Older people in Ontario.

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October 01, 2013

Solitary confinement should be banned in most cases, UN expert says

A United Nations expert on torture has called on all countries to ban the solitary confinement of prisoners except in very exceptional circumstances and for as short a time as possible, with an absolute prohibition in the case of juveniles and people with mental disabilities.

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October 21, 2011

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)).

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March 21, 2011