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United Nations Observances

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The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades, each with a theme, or topic. By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues. Each international day offers many actors the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of the day. Organizations and offices of the United Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens, make an international day a springboard for awareness-raising actions. The majority of observances have been established by resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, although some have been designated by UN specialized agencies. The United Nations also observes anniversaries of key events in its history.

International Days

These are the international days currently observed by the United Nations.

The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of the Organization. Usually, it is one or more Member States that propose these observances and the General Assembly establishes them with a resolution.

On occasion, these celebrations are declared by the specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, etc., when they concern issues that fall within the scope of their competencies. Some of them may be later adopted by the General Assembly.

Find out more about why we mark international days.

 

SEPTEMBER

5 September

International Day of Charity  (A/RES/67/105)

7 September

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies (A/RES/74/212)

8 September

International Literacy Day  (UNESCO 14 C/Resolution 1.441)

9 September

International Day to Protect Education from Attack (A/RES/74/275)

12 September

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation  (A/RES/58/220)

15 September

International Day of Democracy  (A/RES/62/7)

16 September

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer  (A/RES/49/114)

17 September

World Patient Safety Day [WHO]

18 September

International Equal Pay Day (A/RES/74/142)

21 September

International Day of Peace  (A/RES/36/67)  (A/RES/55/282)

23 September

International Day of Sign Languages (A/RES/72/161)

24 September (last Thursday of September)

World Maritime Day (IMCO/C XXXVIII/21)

26 September

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons  (A/RES/68/32)

27 September

World Tourism Day

28 September

International Day for Universal Access to Information (A/RES/74/5) [UNESCO 38 C/70]

29 September

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (A/RES/74/209)

30 September

International Translation Day (A/RES/71/288)

OCTOBER

1 October

International Day of Older Persons  (A/RES/45/106)

2 October

International Day of Non-Violence  (A/RES/61/271)

5 October

World Teachers’ Day  [UNESCO]  (27 C/INF.7)

5 October (first Monday of October)

World Habitat Day  (A/RES/40/202 A)

9 October

World Post Day  (UPU/1969/Res.C.11)

10 October

World Mental Health Day [WHO]

10 October (second Saturday of October)

World Migratory Bird Day  [UNEP]

11 October

International Day of the Girl Child  (A/RES/66/170)

13 October

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (A/RES/64/200)

15 October

International Day of Rural Women  (A/RES/62/136)

16 October

World Food Day  [FAO]  (A/RES/35/70)

17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty  (A/RES/47/196)

20 October (every five years, beginning in 2010)

World Statistics Day (A/RES/69/282)

24 October

United Nations Day  (A/RES/168 (II); A/RES/2782 (XXVI))

24 October

World Development Information Day  (A/RES/3038 (XXVII))

27 October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage  (UNESCO 33/C/Resolution 53)

31 October

World Cities Day  (A/RES/68/239)

NOVEMBER

2 November

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists  (A/RES/68/163)

5 November

World Tsunami Awareness Day (A/RES/70/203)

6 November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4)

10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development (UNESCO 31 C/Resolution 20)

14 November

World Diabetes Day  (A/RES/61/225)

15 November (third Sunday of November)

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims  (A/RES/60/5)

16 November

International Day for Tolerance  (UNESCO 28 C/Resolution 5.61A/RES/51/95)

19 November

World Toilet Day  (A/RES/67/291)

19 November (third Thursday of November)

World Philosophy Day (UNESCO 33 C/Resolution 37)

20 November

Africa Industrialization Day  (A/RES/44/237)

20 November

World Children’s Day (A/RES/836(IX))

21 November

World Television Day  (A/RES/51/205)

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women  (A/RES/54/134)

29 November

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People  (A/RES/32/40B)

30 November

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare (OPCW C-20/DEC.10)

DECEMBER

1 December

World AIDS Day

2 December

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (A/RES/317(IV))

3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (A/RES/47/3)

4 December

International Day of Banks (A/RES/74/245)

5 December

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development  (A/RES/40/212)

5 December

World Soil Day (A/RES/68/232)

7 December

International Civil Aviation Day (A/RES/51/33)

9 December

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime (A/RES/69/323)

9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day  (A/RES/58/4)

10 December

Human Rights Day  (A/RES/423 (V))

11 December

International Mountain Day (A/RES/57/245)

12 December

International Day of Neutrality (A/RES/71/275)

12 December

International Universal Health Coverage Day (A/RES/72/138)

18 December

International Migrants Day  (A/RES/55/93)

18 December

Arabic Language Day (Arabic)

20 December

International Human Solidarity Day  (A/RES/60/209)

27 December

International Day of Epidemic Preparadness (A/RES/75/27)

 

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