Celebrate United Nations Day, October 24, 2016. View some of the resources held in the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre on the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.
(Source: United Nations)
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System is a new database, provided by the Government of Canada.
ATRIS is a Web-based information system intended to map out the location of Aboriginal communities and display information pertaining to their potential or established Aboriginal or treaty rights. Users can search this information by:
- Using the search tab and entering the name of an Aboriginal community or organization, or other keywords (e.g., treaty, agreement, claim, assertion, band number, place name, postal code, map coordinates, etc.) and pressing the Search button to find the appropriate information; or,
- Using one of the selection tools on the interactive map to define a search area (e.g., point, line, polygon); and pressing the map’s Search button, or,
- Selecting types of information in the content/legend to be displayed as a highlighted area on the interactive map.
The Economist posted this map feature, "Blackbeard down" which includes statistics, about the global piracy situation.
According to the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre, there were 98 pirate attacks worldwide during the first half of 2016, the lowest in 21 years.
- Indonesian waters remain the most pirate-infested in the world
- Somalia, once a piracy hot spot, has seen a dramatic decrease since 2011
- Nigeria has seen an increase
The overall global decline can be attributed to better security on ships and better policing of the high seas.
(Source: The Economist)