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NATO Summit & G20 Summit
In April NATO will be celebrating its sixtieth anniversary. Germany and France are jointly hosting the celebrations. The NATO summit meeting will be held in Baden-Baden and Kehl on the German side of the border and in Strasbourg on the French side. The Summit will focus on the 60th anniversary.

President Obama will attend the G20 Summit in London on April 2 before traveling to the NATO Summit. The London Summit brings together leaders of the world’s advanced and emerging economies, and representatives of international financial institutions to work cooperatively to restore stability and stimulate global economic growth.

Earth Day
Earth Day, April 22, is the annual celebration of the environment and a time to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. Earth Day is observed around the world, although nowhere is it a national holiday. In the U.S., it affirms that environmental awareness is part of the country's consciousness and that the idea of protecting the environment - once the province of a few conservationists - has moved from the extreme to the mainstream of American thought.

Literature: World Book and Copyright Day - April 23
World Book and Copyright Day celebrates the contribution of books and authors to global culture. It also underlines the connection between copyright and books. On this day, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright around the world.

World Intellectual Property Day (WIPO) - April 26
“Most people are aware of intellectual property (IP) - of copyright, patents, industrial designs and trademarks. But many still view these as business or legal concepts with little relevance to their own lives. To address this gap, WIPO’s Member States decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day. They chose April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO originally entered into force in 1970.”

In Focus: NATO in Afghanistan
President Obama Announces New Strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan - Heavy emphasis on training additional Afghan security forces: At a briefing March 27 in Washington, President Barack Obama announced a new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan that aims to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Introducing: What's in a Name? - Lesson Plan

Webcasts @ CO.NX: Energy Efficiency - April 15, 15:00


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Updated: March 2009