Calendar: Upcoming International Events

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September 13-October 1, 2021

48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body within the United Nations (UN) consisting of 47 states responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights globally and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations. The 48th Session runs from September 13-October 1 at the UN Office in Geneva. This annual half-day discussion of Indigenous rights will take place on September 28, 2021, from 10 a.m.-Noon (CET), followed by an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples from noon-2 p.m. (CET). The theme of the panel discussion will be the situation of human rights of Indigenous peoples facing the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on the right to participation. The Indian Law Resource Center submitted a written statement, “Violence against Indigenous Women in the United States A Human Rights Scourge Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center and National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center supported the statement. In addition, the Center plans to offer an oral video statement to inform the Council further about violence against Indigenous women in the United States, particularly Alaska Native women. Live webcasts are available on UN WEB TV at Details and documents for the session will be available at


November 1-12, 2021

UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)

The COP26 will take place from November 1–November 12, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. The summit is intended to bring parties together in order to speed action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Originally scheduled to take place a year earlier, the COP26 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional information about the conference, visit


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United Nations at Geneva. (J. Walker, Indian Law Resource Center)

December 10, 2021

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December. On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone proclaiming inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being.


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March 14-25, 2022

66th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)

The CSW is the UN’s principal intergovernmental body that focuses exclusively on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women globally. CSW66 is scheduled to take place on March 14-25, 2022. The priority theme of the 66th session is “achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.” The session’s review theme is “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” The outcome of the session will be agreed conclusions relevant to these themes. Online registration for the session usually opens in October. A critical element of the CSW’s work is the active participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council may also submit written statements from September 24 to October 15, 2021. For additional information, visit the CSW66 website at