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United Nations Observances
2/2/2016 10:14:01 AM

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.  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.

27 January International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust A/RES/60/7
4 February World Cancer Day [WHO]
6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation [WHO]
13 February World Radio Day [UNESCO]
20 February World Day of Social Justice A/RES/62/10
21 February International Mother Language Day [UNESCO] A/RES/56/262
8 March International Women’s Day
20 March International Day of Happiness A/RES/66/281
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination A/RES/2142 (XXI)
21 March World Poetry Day [UNESCO]
21 March International Day of Nowruz A/RES/64/253
21 March World Down Syndrome Day A/RES/66/149
21 March International Day of Forests and the Tree A/RES/67/200
22 March World Water Day A/RES/47/193
23 March World Meteorological Day  [WMO] WMO/EC-XII/Res.6
24 March World Tuberculosis Day [WHO] WMO/EC-XII/Res.6
24 March International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims A/RES/65/196
25 March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade A/RES/62/122
25 March International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
2 April World Autism Awareness Day A/RES/62/139
4 April International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action A/RES/60/97
6 April International Day of Sport for Development and Peace A/67/L.77 (draft)
7 April Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
7 April World Health Day [WHO] WHA/A.2/Res.35
12 April International Day of Human Space Flight A/RES/65/271
22 April International Mother Earth Day A/RES/63/278
23 April World Book and Copyright Day Resolution 3.18 of the 28th session of the UNESCO General Conference
23 April English Language Day
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
30 April International Jazz Day
3 May World Press Freedom Day A/DEC/48/432
8-9 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War A/RES/59/26
11-12 May World Migratory Bird Day [UNEP]
15 May International Day of Families A/RES/47/237
17 May World Telecommunication and Information Society Day[ITU] A/RES/60/252
21 May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development A/RES/57/249
22 May International Day for Biological Diversity A/RES/55/201
23 May International Day to End Obstetric Fistula A/RES/67/147
24 May “Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon A/RES/54/115
29 May International Day of UN Peacekeepers A/RES/57/129
31 May World No-Tobacco Day [WHO] Resolution 42.19 of the 42nd session of WHO
1 June Global Day of Parents A/RES/66/292
4 June International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression A/RES/ES-7/8
5 June World Environment Day [UNEP] A/RES/2994 (XXVII)
8 June World Oceans Day A/RES/63/111
12 June World Day Against Child Labour
14 June World Blood Donor Day [WHO] WHA58.13
15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day A/RES/66/127
17 June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought A/RES/49/115
20 June World Refugee Day A/RES/55/76
23 June United Nations Public Service Day A/RES/57/277
23 June International Widows’ Day A/RES/65/189
25 June Day of the Seafarer [IMO] STCW/CONF.2/DC.4
26 June International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking A/RES/42/112
26 June United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture A/RES/52/149
6 July
(First Saturday
in July)
International Day of Cooperatives A/RES/47/90
11 July World Population Day UNDP decision 89/46
18 July Nelson Mandela International Day A/RES/64/13
28 July World Hepatitis Day [WHO]
30 July International Day of Friendship A/RES/65/275
9 August International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples A/RES/49/214
12 August International Youth Day A/RES/54/120
19 August World Humanitarian Day A/RES/63/139
23 August International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition [UNESCO] Decision 8.2 of the 150th session of the UNESCO Executive Board
29 August International Day against Nuclear Tests A/RES/64/35
30 August International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances A/RES/65/209
5 September International Day of Charity A/RES/67/105
8 September International Literacy Day [UNESCO] Resolution 1.141 of the 14th session of the UNESCO General Conference
10 September World Suicide Prevention Day [WHO]
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
21 September International Day of Peace A/RES/36/67
26 September
(Last week of September)
World Maritime Day [IMO] IMCO/C XXXVIII/21
27 September World Tourism Day [UNWTO]
28 September World Rabies Day [WHO]
28 September
(Last Saturday in September)
World Heart Day [WHO]
7 October
(First Monday
in October)
World Habitat Day A/RES/40/202 A
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] UNESCOPRESSE,
vol.4, no.17, p.9
9 October World Post Day UPU/Tokyo Congress 1969/Res.C.11
10 October World Mental Health Day [WHO]
10 October(Second Thursday
in October)
World Sight Day [WHO]
11 October International Day of the Girl Child A/RES/66/170
13 October International Day for Disaster Reduction A/RES/44/236
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
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]
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]
12 November World Pneumonia Day [WHO]
14 November World Diabetes Day [WHO] A/RES/61/225
16 November International Day for Tolerance Resolution 5.61 of the 28th session of the UNESCO General ConferenceA/RES/51/95
16 November World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day[WHO]
18 November
(Third Sunday
in November)
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims[WHO] A/RES/60/5
19 November World Toilet Day A/67/L.75 (draft)
20 November Universal Children’s Day
20 November Africa Industrialization Day A/RES/44/237
21 November
(Third Thursday
in November)
World Philosophy Day [UNESCO]
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
1 December World AIDS Day
2 December International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities A/RES/47/3
5 December International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development A/RES/40/212
7 December International Civil Aviation Day [ICAO] A/RES/51/33
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
18 December International Migrants Day A/RES/55/93
20 December International Human Solidarity Day A/RES/60/209
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