UN Observance Days

UN Observance Days

UN Observance days

United Nations days, weeks, years, decades and other observances contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the UN Charter and promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues. They provide a useful means for the promotion of international and national action and stimulate interest in United Nations activities and programmes. For international years and decades, the UN Secretary-General takes action to establish the preparatory process, evaluation and follow-up procedures.

The majority of observances have been established by decisions of the UN General Assembly, and some have been designated by UN specialised agencies. For more information on UN Observances, visit the UN Observances website.

 

Calendar of UN International Days

January

27 January – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

February

4 February – World Cancer Day (WHO)
20 February – World Day of Social Justice
21 February – International Mother Language Day (UNESCO)

March

8 March – International Women’s Day
21 March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March – World Poetry Day (UNESCO)
21 March – International Day of Nowruz
22 March – World Water Day
23 March – World Meteorological Day (WMO)
24 March – World Tuberculosis Day (WHO)
24 March – International day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
25 March – International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

April

2 April – World Autism Awareness Day
4 April – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
7 April – Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
7 April – World Health Day (WHO)
12 April – International Day of Human Space Flight
22 April – International Mother Earth Day
22 April – World Book and Copyright Day (UNESCO)
25 April – World Malaria Day (WHO)
26 April – World Intellectual Property Day (WIPO)
28 April – World Day for Safety and Health at Work (ILO)
29 April – Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

May

First full moon in May – Day of Vesak
3 May – World Press Freedom Day
8-9 May – Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
14-15 May – World Migratory Bird Day (UNEP)
15 May – International Day of Families
17 May – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (ITU)
21 May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 May – International Day for Biological Diversity
29 May – International Day of UN Peacekeepers
31 May – World No-Tobacco Day (WHO)

June

4 June – International Day of innocent Children Victims of aggression
5 June – World Environment Day (UNEP)
8 June – World Oceans Day
12 June – World Day Against Child Labour (ILO)
14 June – World Blood Donor Day (WHO)
17 June – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
20 June – World Refugee Day
23 June – United Nations Public Service Day
23 June – International Widow’s Day
25 June – Day of the Seafarer (IMO)
26 June – International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26 June – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

July

First Saturday in July – International Day of Cooperatives
11 July – World Population Day
18 July – Nelson Mandela International Day
28 July – World Hepatitis Day
30 July – International Day of Friendship

August

9 August – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
12 August – International Youth Day
19 August – World Humanitarian Day
23 August – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (UNESCO)
29 August – International Day Against Nuclear Tests
30 August – International Day of the Victims of Enforces Disappearances

September

Last Sunday in September – World Heart Day (WHO)
Last Week in September – World Maritime Day (IMO)
8 September – International Literacy Day (UNESCO)
10 September – World Suicide Prevention Day (WHO)
15 September – International Day of Democracy
16 September – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
21 September – International Day of Peace
27 September – World Tourism Day (UNWTO)
28 September – World rabies Day (WHO)

October

First Monday in October – World Habitat Day
Second Thursday in October – World Sight Day (WHO)
1 October – International Day of Older Persons
2 October – International Day of Non-Violence
5 October – World Teachers Day (UNESCO)
9 October – World Post Day (UPU)
10 October – World Mental Health Day (WHO)
13 October – International Day for Disaster Reduction
15 October – International Day of Rural Women
16 October – World food Day (FAO)
17 October – International Day of the Eradication of Poverty
24 October – United Nations Day
24 October – World Development Information Day
27 October – World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (UNESCO)

November

Third Thursday in November – World Philosophy Day (UNESCO)
Third Sunday in November – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WHO)
6 November – International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
10 November – World Science Day for Peace and Development
14 November – World Diabetes Day (WHO/0
16 November – International Day for Tolerance
17 November – World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day (WHO)
20 November – Universal Children’s Day
20 November – Africa Industrialisation Day
21 November – World Television Day
25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
29 November – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

December

1 December – World AIDS Day
2 December – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 December – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
5 December – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
7 December – International Civil Aviation Day (ICAO)
9 December – International Anti-Corruption Day
10 December – Human Rights Day
11 December – International Mountain Day
18 December – International Migrants Day
19 December – United Nations Day for South-South cooperation
20 December – International Human Solidarity Day

UN International Weeks

February

1-7 February – World Interfaith Harmony Week

March

21- 27 March – Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination

April

23 – 29 April – UN Global Road Safety Week

May

25 – 31 May – Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self Governing Territories

August

1 – 7 August – World Breastfeeding Week (WHO)

October

4 – 10 October – World Space Week
24 – 30 October – Disarmament Week

November

6-12 November – International Week of Science and Peace