The 76th session of the UN General Assembly opened on September 14, with the General Debate to run from Sep 21 until Sep 28. This is the time that world leaders address the United Nations putting forward their priorities for UN action on key international issues.
During this week and the following week, there are also a number of UN High-Level events and international days on specific topics, including:
- Sep 21: International Day for Peace;
- Sep 23: Food Systems Summit;
- Sep 24: High-Level Dialogue on Energy;
- Sep 28: High-Level Meeting on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons;
- Oct 2: International Day for Nonviolence.
In addition Climate Week NYC also takes place during the week of Sep 20-24. .
During this time, UNFOLD ZERO encourages you to take one or more of the following actions linking peace, nuclear disarmament, climate stabilization and sustainable development:
- Call to your government to promote peace, disarmament and sustainable development at the UNGA (See Call to governments);
- Endorse Protect People and the Planet: Appeal for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World;
- Participate in the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money social media action.
There will be a number of events during this period making the connections between peace, disarmament, climate protection and sustainable development. Here are a couple in which UNFOLD ZERO is playing a role.
Nuclear disarmament and human security
September 20, 2021
Disarmament Panel: “Human Security and Disarmament”
September 20, 2021. 1pm – 2:30pm USA Eastern Time
Featuring Alyn Ware and Jonathan Granoff. Co-Hosted by Rick Ulfik (Founder of We, The World) and Jana Larsen (We, The World). This panel is part of the 11 Days of Global Unity Summit 2021, which includes a range of exciting events with interesting speakers.
Nonviolence in the 21st Century
International Day for Nonviolence and Commemoration of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi
A webinar event showcasing inspiring examples of non-violence in action to protect human rights, oppose repression, protect the climate and prevent war.
Saturday October 2: 10am – 12 noon Eastern Time USA | 4-6pm Central Europe Time | 7:30-9:30pm Delhi
October 2 is the International Day for Nonviolence, an annual day to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
Nonviolent methods and action continue to be important to advance human rights, protect the environment, support peace processes, end armed violence and secure justice for individuals and communities around the world.
This webinar will provide an introduction to the philosophy behind nonviolence, its necessity for human survival, the range of methods and applications of nonviolence and some recent examples of nonviolence in action.
Speakers include Ela Gandhi (South Africa), Co-founder of the Gandhi Development Trust and grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi; Jamila Raqib (USA), Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution; Michael Beer (USA), Director of Nonviolence International; Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic), Vice-Chair of PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security and Co-convenor of UNFOLD ZERO; Aminatou Haidar (Western Sahara), Co-founder of the Sahrawi human rights movement and Right Livelihood Laureate 2019; Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (Uganda), LGBT advocate and Right Livelihood Laureate 2015; Kazu Haga (USA), Chair of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice.