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National Library Week (April 4th-10th) 

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) wants to showcase Federal depository libraries nationwide and the important work you do every day to support the mission of ‘Keeping America Informed.’

Help GPO shine a spotlight on your library. Tell us about some of the innovative ways your library is continuing to serve your patrons, how your staff has stepped up to the plate this past year, or about any new COVID-era services your library is offering. Share photos with GPO, and your library could be featured on and GPO social media.

World Water Day (March 22nd) 

On March 22, 2021, World Water Day will be celebrated in an online event. The World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness on the global water crisis, and a core focus on the observance is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. The value of water is about much more than its price- water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment.

For more information, please visit

Launch of the "Valuing Water: UN World Water Development Report 2021"

The 2021 World Water Development Report on "Valuing Water" assesses the current status of and challenges to the valuation of water across differing sectors and perspectives and identifies ways in which valuation can be promoted as a tool to help achieve sustainability. The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), is the UN-Water flagship report on water. It is a comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state, use and management of the worlds freshwater resources and aims to provide decision makers with tools to formulate and implement sustainable water policies.

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Resources on this topic:

• Water Facts (UN Water):

• UN Water publications:

• UN Water - Who does what list:

• SDG Knowledge Hub - SDG Goal 6 - Clean Water & Sanitation:



International Day of Happiness (March 20) 
The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness, recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives. It also recognized the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples. 
The resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country which recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.
In response to the COVID pandemic, this year's theme for the International Day of Happiness is 'Keep Calm. Stay Wise. Be Kind' 
Resources about this topic:
  • World Happiness Reports: The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. The World Happiness Report 2020 for the first time ranks cities around the world by their subjective well-being and digs more deeply into how the social, urban and natural environments combine to affect our happiness. The 2021 World Happiness Report will be published on 20 March 2021.
  • UN Photo Album: Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. 
International Women's Day (March 8) 
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality.

This year’s theme for the International Day, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission on the Status of Women (15 to 26 March) will also focus on the importance of women’s leadership and call attention to women's central role in building back better. The month will culminate in the Generation Equality Forum (29 to 31 March) which represents a key moment for gender equality advocates from every sector of society to drive urgent action and accountability for gender equality.

Join the online conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #IWD2021, #GenerationEquality, #ActforEqual, #internationalwomensday, and by following @UN_Women.

For more information, please visit: Secretary-General António Guterres video message for International Women’s Day 2021: 

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender Equality

Gender Equality (Goal 5) is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for the month of March. The main goal of SDG-5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Current progress on this SDG states that the commitment to advancing gender equality has brought about improvements in some areas, but the promise of a world in which every woman and girl enjoy full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed remains unfulfilled.

For more information, please visit: &

Virtual exhibit:  I Lead by Example. I am Generation Equality

This exhibit features 13 extraordinary women leaders fighting for gender equality, whose words and stories inspired others to join "Generation Equality". It presents women leading by example to change the places of power, end violence, stop climate change, and open opportunities for all women and girls. The exhibit is organized by UN Women in connection with International Women's Day. Please view online at



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GPO Celebrates 160 Years Of Keeping America Informed
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) celebrates its 160th anniversary today. The agency opened its doors on March 4, 1861, the same day President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated, with about 350 printers and bookbinders. Those 19th century team members delivered Government information with horse and carriage. The 21st century team continues that mission today by providing the workings of our democracy on mobile devices through Federal depository libraries have been a big part of GPO’s mission since 1895.
Watch a video highlighting GPO’s top historic moments and achievements:
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt, Chair and Ranking Member for GPO’s Oversight Committee, sent the GPO team this congratulations letter for 160 years of service to the Government:

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Women's rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, 

Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). 
On 20 December 1993, the General Assembly adoptededthe Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women through resolution 48/104, paving the path towards eradicating violence against women and girls worldwide.
Finally, on 7 February 2000, the General Assembly adopts resolution 54/134, officially designating 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and in doing so, inviting governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.
For more information please visit 
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20 Years of Women, Peace and Security

31 October 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, a ground-breaking resolution that was spearheaded by women leaders and organizations. It is the first resolution that recognized women’s leadership to achieve international peace and security and their contributions to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The implementation of women, peace and security priorities is a key political commitment in the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative, which reaffirms that women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peace processes and political solutions is essential for effective peacekeeping and sustainable peace outcomes.

For more information, please visit: &

The Story of Resolution 1325 | Women, Peace and Security (Video presentation):

Call to action - Women transforming peace and security:

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International Day on the Eradication of Poverty

By adopting resolution 47/196 on December 22, 1992, the General Assembly declared October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day's observance by the United Nations.

October 17th presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning.

For more information about the International Day on the Eradication of Poverty, please visit: 

United Nations Resources on Poverty

Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 2018-2027: The theme of the Third Decade, to be reviewed at its seventy-third sessions, is “Accelerating global actions for a world without poverty”, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Report on the Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018–2027):

SDG Goal 1: End poverty in all its Forms Everywhere:

SDG Goal 1: This website maintained by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides information about SDG 1, including the targets and related indicators, infographics, progress reports and key publications.

Topic page: Poverty Eradication: This website provides a brief account of the UN’s work in the area of poverty eradication and highlights major reports on the topic.

Why it Matters: No Poverty:

Global Issues - Ending Poverty:

The 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI):
The 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) data and publication "Illuminating Inequalities" released on 11 July 2019 shed light on the number of people experiencing poverty at regional, national and subnational levels, and reveal inequalities across countries and among the poor themselves. Jointly developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford, the 2019 global MPI offers data for 101 countries, covering 76 percent of the global population.

Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights:



International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The General Assembly declared 26 September as International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in December 2013 by adopting resolution 68/32 as a follow-up to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament held on 26 September 2013 in New York. 

In resolution 68/32, the General Assembly called for the “urgent commencement of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons to prohibit their possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer and use or threat of use, and to provide for their destruction.”

Subsequently, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on 7 July 2017 by the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination (UN doc. A/CONF.229/2017/8).  The Treaty has been ratified by 45 signatory states and is not yet in force (50 ratifications are required for that to happen).  For more information about the Treaty please visit:

The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons has been observed annually since 2014.  For more information about this international day, please visit:


Key resources for conducting research on this topic:

Research guide on nuclear weapons (Library and Archives Geneva):

List of Ask Dag FAQs on disarmament:

Documents and publications in the UN Digital Library:

Contents for this post was provided to FSU by the United Nations and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

To find out more about all the Sustainable Development Goals, please visit:

On the occasion of the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly– and on the 5th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals – a 30-minute film titled “Nations United” will feature leading thinkers and activists, data visualizations, testimonies, and performances to highlight the solutions and actions we can take to create a world where no one is left behind. The first transmission was on 19 September, 2020, and can be found on YouTube live stream.

The United Nations has created a detailed advertisement of this monumental broadcast which includes a general overview, production details, and a list of famous activists that are being approached to host and contribute to this event. To view, click the link below: "Nations United": SDG Global Broadcast

Already available is the "Do you know all 17 SDGs?" Video, in eight languages on UN Web TV website (

Other online resources available:
Additional research resources from the United Nations/Dag Hammarskjöld Library website:
Contents for this post was provided to FSU by the United Nations and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.


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