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UN INTERNATIONAL DAYS AND WEEKS

The UN has established a set of Days and Weeks (as listed below), Years and Decades to help focus the world on the issues in which the UN has an interest and commitment. The UN calls on Member States and other organizations to mark these days in ways which reflect their priorities.

Sometimes the promotion of a specific day is led by a specific UN agency or programme, for example the UNAIDS leads the World AIDS Day.

Some UN agencies also have their own international days (e.g. WHO’s World TB Day and UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day), established and promoted by the agency but not designated by the UN General Assembly for the full UN system.

It is important that young people are part of celebration of international days to help reflecting on some of the challenges of child and youth development and also to find out strategies of solving these challenges.

January

  • 27th January – International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

February

  • 21st February – International Mother Language Day

March

  • 21st March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 21st – 28th March – Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
  • 22nd March – World Water Day
  • 23rd March – World Meteorological Day

April

  • 4th April – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
  • 7th April – World Health Day
  • 23rd April – World Book and Copyright Day

May

  • 3rd May – World Press Freedom Day
  • 15th May – International Day of Families
  • 17th May – World Information Society Day (formerly World Telecommunication Day)
  • 21st May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • 22nd May – International Day for Biological Diversity (formerly December 29, changed in 2001)
  • 25th May – 1st June – Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
  • 29th May – International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • 31st May – World No-Tobacco Day

June

  • 4th June – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
  • 5th June – World Environment Day
  • 17th June – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • 20th June – World Refugee Day
  • 23rd June – United Nations Public Service Day
  • 26th June – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking andInternational Day in Support of Victims of Torture

July

  • First Saturday – International Day of Cooperatives
  • 11th July – World Population Day

August

  • 9th August – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  • 12th August – International Youth Day
  • 23rd August – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

September

  • 4th June – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
  • 5th June – World Environment Day
  • 17th June – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • 20th June – World Refugee Day
  • 23rd June – United Nations Public Service Day
  • 26th June – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking andInternational Day in Support of Victims of Torture

October

  • 1st October – International Day for Older Persons
  • 4th-10th October – World Space Week
  • 5th October – World Teacher’s Day
  • First Monday – World Habitat Day
  • Second Wednesday – International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
  • 9th October – World Post Day
  • 10th October – World Mental Health Day
  • 16th October – World Food Day
  • 17th October – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • 24th – 30th October – Disarmament Week

November

  • 6th November – International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
  • 14th November – World Diabetes Day
  • 16th November – International Day of Tolerance
  • Third Sunday – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
  • 20th November – Universal Children’s Day, and Africa Industrialization Day
  • 21st November – World Television Day
  • 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • 29th November – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

December

  • 1st December – World AIDS Day
  • 2nd December – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • 3rd December – International Day of Disabled Persons
  • 5th December – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
  • 7th December – International Civil Aviation Day
  • 9th December – International Anti-Corruption Day
  • 10th December – Human Rights Day
  • 11th December – International Mountain Day
  • 18th December – International Migrants Day
  • 19th December – United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
  • 20th December – International Human Solidarity Day

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