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Welcome to EPACHA's

Special Announcements - 2020

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April 4, 2020

Courtesy, United Nations

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible, this year, for us to gather in countries, across the world, to mark International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action and to celebrate with community activities and events.

Now, more than ever, compassion and international assistance are needed. As such, we would like to express our deep solidarity with all those who are fighting against and affected by this dreadful virus. It will be conquered!

The mine action sector has always understood the importance of combining our efforts to eradicate the horrors, whether they are viruses or explosive hazards of war, that have plagued mankind. It is part of our DNA. Thus, we hasten to assure you that our commitment to continue to work to rid the world of explosive hazards has not faltered. We remain resolute!

On this April 4th, 2020, our special gratitude goes to all mine action personnel, UNMAS staff and others, who, in over 30 mine-affected countries, help rehabilitate health care facilities, keep access routes open for humanitarian workers, medical staff and peacekeepers and who enable communities to reach them safely.

Be blessed. Stay strong and healthy.

Text Quote Courtesy, United Nations

Agnès Marcaillou, Director, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

Daniel Craig, UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards

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World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2020

"On World Autism Awareness Day, we recognize and celebrate the rights of persons with autism.  This year’s observance takes place in the midst of a public health crisis unlike any other in our lifetimes — a crisis that places persons with autism at disproportionate risk as a result of the corona virus and its impact on society. 

Persons with autism have the right to self-determination, independence and autonomy, as well as the right to education and employment on an equal basis with others.  But the breakdown of vital support systems and networks as a result of COVID-19 exacerbates the obstacles that persons with autism face in exercising these rights. We must ensure that a prolonged disruption caused by the emergency does not result in rollbacks of the rights that persons with autism and their representative organizations have worked so hard to advance."

Above Quote Courtesy, UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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International Day of Remembrance

for the

Victims of Slavery & the

Transatlantic Slave Trade

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Courtesy, United Nations

2020 Theme:

“Confronting Slavery’s Legacy

of Racism Together”

"We need to raise our voices against all expressions of racism and instances of racist behaviour. We urgently need to dismantle racist structures and reform racist institutions.

We can only move forward by confronting the racist legacy of slavery together."

Courtesy, United Nations

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World Water Day

March 22, 2020

Courtesy, United Nations -  Children carrying a water container in Jowhar, Somalia (2013) - Photo Credit Tobin Jones

Courtesy, United Nations

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It's Time to Celebrate, Appreciate &

Diligently Care for . . .

Our Precious Forests!

International Day of Forests

March 21, 2020

Forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, like this owl perched  on a tree branch. The photo was part of a UNEP contest on forests.

Photo Courtesy, United Nations - Photo Credit: Jessica Kerr


 International Women's Day

It's Time to Proudly . . .


March 8, 2019

Courtesy,  United Nations - UN Women/Christopher Herwig

Samira, a Syrian refugee is one of the head fabric cutters at the ‘Oasis Center for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls’ operated by UN Women in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Women Around the World!

Courtesy, United Nations - Learn more - Click Below:

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Press Office

5 MARCH 2020

Courtesy, NATO 

" Fifty years ago today, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) entered into force. We, as NATO Allies, celebrate this visionary Treaty and its remarkable achievements. The NPT remains the essential bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons, the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation and disarmament architecture, and the framework for international cooperation in sharing the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, science, and technology. Allies remain strongly committed to full implementation of the NPT in all its aspects. . .  "

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24 FEBRUARY - 20 MARCH 2020

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February 14-16, 2020 • New York City, USA

Courtesy, United Nations - faf.org - The Youth Assembly

It’s Time: Youth for Global Impact

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Do You Know About . . .


Howard University, Washington, D.C.

February 13 - 16, 2020

Courtesy, NATO / Howard University

What are you waiting for?

Click below . . . Start Learning more!

NATO's International Model Conference

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Is the world  " taking action"  to

ensure the development

and sustainability of 

"cities and human settlements?"

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Images/Text Courtesy, United Nations - WUF10

The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10)

is held from 8-13 February 2020 in Abu Dhabi,

United Arab Emirates.  This is the first time

that an Arab country hosts the world’s

most important conference

on cities and human settlements.

Learn more on the following web page:

H O L O C A U S T 

Remembrance Day 

75th Anniversary of  the 

Liberation of Auschwitz 

January 27,  2020


The Whole of Humanity shall . . .



 Learn more on the following web pages:

Courtesy, United Nations

The National Basketball Association

together with the whole 

Global Family of Sports of All Sorts

in the USA and Around the World

mourn with much sadness the loss of 


August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020

To all who departed with Kobe on this day, precious

memories flowing with love shall never fade away.

Many Thanks Kobe!

Your Humanity

Lives on Forever!

 Learn more about the Life & Legacy of Kobi Bryant at:

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On 22 January 2020, the Secretary-General outlined his priorities for the year, including the Decade of Action.

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Celebration of the 50th Anniversary

21—24 January 2020

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Courtesy, WEF




Special Address by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

Prince Charles launches

"Sustainable Market Council"

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The 5th United Nations Secretary-General,

Javier Perez de Cuéllar,

whose UN career began with the first ever

General Assembly meeting in 1946, celebrates his

100th birthday on Sunday, 19 January 2020.


Courtesy, United Nations / Yutaka Nagata

Happy Birthday & Many Thanks!

 Learn more about Javier Perez de Cuéllar at:

The United States Mint Proudly Honors

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on his Birthday - January 15, 1929


Courtesy, United States Mint - January 2020

America and the World continues

to Remember, Honor and Thank

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - the

greatest "Civil Rights Leader" of our time!

 Learn more about the Life and Legacy of

Dr. King on the following web pages:

Ukraine jet crashes in Iran, killing 176:

UN Chief offers deepest condolences. 

January 8, 2020

Courtesy, United Nations - UN Photo/Mark Garten

“The UN Secretaty-General] expresses his deepest

condolences to the families of the victims and

to the Governments of all the countries

whose nationals lost their lives

in this tragedy . . .”

Quote Courtesy, United Nations

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EPACHA Foundation Wishes . . .

A Happy New Year!

Whether Nations great or small, another year

is upon us all with unprecedented . . .


Those global responsibilities - 

from the crucial need to prudently combat

climate change to ensuring the whole of 

Humanity's overall well-being and

continued development within a

healthy environment cannot

be ignored, deprioritized

or conveniently set aside. 

Now is the time for historic


Ingredients to make an indelible mark in 

Human history cohesively blends together 

determined efforts of close-knit partnerships,

well-intentioned global alliances and last . . .

but certainly not least, grass-roots, hands-on 

local communities participation - all aimed

at covering the full spectrum at hand.

As time progresses throughout

this decade toward that year

destined to achieve the

 2030 SDGs,

Sustainable Development


is the pathway forward!

- EPACHA Foundation -

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

2020 New Year's Video Message

Courtesy, United Nations

Learn more on the following web page:

Time Marches On . . .

Looking Back . . . While Moving Forward.

The Work Continues for

the World as a Whole!

The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review.  Part One

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Courtesy, United Nations

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The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review.  Part Two

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Courtesy, United Nations

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The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review.  Part Three

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Courtesy, United Nations

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If you’ve missed the work of EPACHA in its Phase I duration, please be encouraged to click on the below web links.

Sincerest Thanks are Extended to http://archive.org/web/ for having made possible an archived viewing of


EPACHA Foundation’s entire volume of its Phase I web pages:


Complete List of EPACHA - Phase I web pages:


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