Navigating the vast tapestry of human rights, there are pivotal dates that stand out as beacons of remembrance, reflection, and action. This Human Rights Calendar serves as a guide to those crucial milestones, beckoning us to pause and recognize the significance of each.
Every year on January 27th, the world holds The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in remembrance of the millions who died as a result of the Holocaust during World War II. Its annual observance is meant to remind future generations of the atrocities committed against Jews and other minorities.
Since 2019, World Braille Day is celebrated to raise awareness of Braille’s importance to the human rights of blind and partially sighted people. World Braille Day is one of many international days focused on the rights of people with disabilities, who are less likely to receive healthcare, education, employment, and belonging in a community.
The UN General Assembly declared January 24th as the International Day of Education in 2018. It celebrates the role of education in development and peace-building. In 2023, UNESCO dedicated the fifth International Day of Education to girls and women in Afghanistan, who were denied the right to learn and teach.
World Cancer Day is observed on February 4th every year to raise awareness about cancer, its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a leading international organization that brings together the global cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden.
The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed annually on February 6th to raise awareness about the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and promote its eradication worldwide. The United Nations General Assembly established this international day in 2012 through resolution A/RES/67/146, which called for the elimination of all forms of FGM and urged governments, civil society organizations, and communities to end this harmful practice.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated annually on February 11th. It recognizes the contributions of women and girls to science and to promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The United Nations General Assembly established this day in 2015 through resolution A/RES/70/212, which recognized the critical role of women and girls in science and called for increased participation and empowerment of women and girls in STEM fields.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly declared February 13th World Radio Day. It recognizes radio as the most widely consumed medium, as well as the most trusted. Over the years, radio has let diverse communities offer all kinds of programs, content, and perspectives.
Many days are celebrated as Social Justice Day or International Day of Social Justice. The most widely recognized is the International Day of Social Justice, which is observed every year on February 20th. The International Day of Social Justice was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007 to promote social justice, equality, and human rights around the world. The day aims to raise awareness about the need for social justice, particularly in areas such as poverty eradication, employment, gender equality, and access to education, healthcare, and social services.
International Mother Language Day is celebrated annually on February 21st. It promotes linguistic and cultural diversity and to raise awareness about the importance of mother languages in the preservation of cultural heritage and the promotion of sustainable development. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the day in 1999, but it was first observed in 2000. It was later recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002 through resolution A/RES/56/262, which urged Member States to promote the preservation and protection of all languages.
Safer Internet is held every February on the second day of the second week. It began as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004, and is now celebrated in about 180 countries and territories. It focuses on emerging online issues and safety concerns for young people, teachers, and families, such as digital identity, privacy, cyberbullying, and more.
The UN General Assembly established World Wetlands Day in 2021. It’s held every year on February 2nd, which also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands. Almost 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, so the day seeks to raise awareness of wetlands as ecosystems vital to biodiversity, climate change mitigation, world economies, and more.
Zero Discrimination Day is observed annually on March 1st to promote diversity, tolerance, and inclusion and to raise awareness about the harmful effects of discrimination on individuals and society. The United Nations established the day in 2014 to promote a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, or any other status.
World Wildlife Day takes place every 3rd of March to raise awareness about animals that are being endangered by human activities. Often, a particular species is focused on for each year’s celebration. In the past, elephants, whales and other animals in danger of extinction have been honored with the event.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8th to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and to promote gender equality and women’s rights worldwide. International Women’s Day aims to raise awareness about the need for gender equality and to promote the empowerment of women in all aspects of life. It also seeks to recognize the achievements of women throughout history and encourage individuals, organizations, and governments to take action to advance women’s rights and gender equality.
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated annually on March 20th to promote happiness, well-being, and the importance of human connections around the world. The UN General Assembly established the day in 2012 to recognize the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal. The UN also called for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic growth and development.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21st to promote equality, justice, and dignity for all individuals, regardless of their race or ethnicity. The day aims to raise awareness about the negative impact of racial discrimination on individuals and societies. It also promotes actions to combat racism and racial discrimination in all its forms, and celebrates diversity and the unique contributions of individuals from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
World Poetry Day is held on March 21st every year to celebrate the literary art form of poetry. Schools around the world are encouraged to read poetry in classrooms, while live poetry readings are sponsored all over the globe. One or more accomplished poets are usually invited to address the United Nations.
The International Day of Nowruz is held on March 21st every year to coincide with the celebration of Nowruz, a holiday observed in many parts of Central Asia and the Middle East. Its annual observance is meant to help preserve the heritage of groups in the region and promote international solidarity.
World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated annually on March 21st to raise awareness about Down syndrome and to promote the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome. The United Nations General Assembly established the day in 2011 through resolution A/RES/66/149, which recognized the significant impact that people with Down syndrome can have on society when they are given the opportunity to participate fully and equally.
The International Day of Forests is an annual event held on March 21st. Its purpose is to promote the conservation of forests around the world, which more than 1.6 billion people rely on for their homes. In honor of the event, the United Nations typically invites speakers to address the assembly on topics related to climate change and deforestation.
World Water Day is observed annually on March 22nd to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management and use of this precious resource. The UN General Assembly established the day in 1993 through resolution A/RES/47/193, which recognized the crucial role that freshwater plays in supporting human health, sustainable development, and the protection of ecosystems.
World Meteorological Day is celebrated annually on March 23rd to commemorate the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1950 and to promote the importance of meteorology and related sciences for the safety and well-being of society. WMO and its member states use the day to raise awareness about the role of meteorology in understanding and predicting weather, climate, and natural disasters. They also promote international cooperation in meteorological research and services.
World Tuberculosis Day is observed annually on March 24th to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and to mobilize efforts to eliminate this disease as a public health threat. The World Health Organization (WHO) established the day in 1982 to commemorate the discovery of the TB bacteria by Dr. Robert Koch in 1882. World Tuberculosis Day raises awareness about the burden of TB worldwide, promotes efforts to prevent and treat this disease, and advocates for increased funding and research to address the global TB epidemic.
International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims (A/RES/65/196)
The International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is observed annually on March 24th. It honors the memory of victims of gross human rights violations and promotes the right to truth and justice for victims and their families. The United Nations General Assembly set up the day in 2010 through resolution A/RES/65/196, which recognized the importance of the right to the truth in ensuring accountability for gross human rights violations and promoting the dignity of victims.
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (A/RES/62/122)
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed annually on March 25th to honor and remember the millions of people who were enslaved and subjected to the brutalities of the transatlantic slave trade. The United Nations established the day in 2007 through resolution A/RES/62/122, which recognized the devastating impact of the transatlantic slave trade on the world and on the lives of millions of Africans forcibly taken from their homes and subjected to slavery and other forms of exploitation.
On March 25th, the United Nations holds the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. Its purpose is to remember United Nations workers who went missing in the line of duty or who are (or once were) imprisoned. The day is also an opportunity to continue pushing for their release and search for their whereabouts.
World Autism Day is an internationally recognized day dedicated to raising awareness about autism and promoting inclusion for people with autism. It is observed annually on April 2nd. The day was first observed in 2008 after a United Nations General Assembly resolution recognized the importance of autism. World Autism Day aims to increase the understanding and acceptance of autism in society. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the unique talents and contributions of people with autism and to advocate for their rights and needs.
The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed annually on April 4th. It raises awareness about the dangers of landmines and explosive remnants of war and to promote efforts to eliminate these threats to civilians and communities. The UN General Assembly established the day in 2005 through resolution A/RES/60/97, which recognized the devastating impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war on civilians. It also called for increased international cooperation to address these threats.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is observed annually on April 6th to promote the role of sport in advancing social and economic development, promoting peace, and building a better world for all. Resolution A/RES/67/296, which the UN General Assembly voted on in 2013, established the day. It recognizes the potential of sport as a powerful tool for promoting development, peace, and human rights. The resolution also called for greater investment in sport and physical activity programs.
The International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda is observed annually on April 7th. It remembers the victims of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and promotes the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities. The UN established the day through resolution A/RES/58/234 in 2004.
World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. It raises awareness about a specific health theme and mobilizes action to improve global health. The World Health Organization (WHO) established the day in 1950 to mark its anniversary. Each year, World Health Day highlights a specific theme that reflects current health issues and challenges facing the world.
The International Day of Human Space Flight is observed annually on April 12th to commemorate the anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961 and promote the peaceful exploration and use of outer space for the benefit of all humanity. The UN General Assembly established the day through resolution A/RES/65/271 in 2011. It recognized the important role of human spaceflight in expanding our knowledge of the universe, advancing scientific research, and promoting international cooperation.
Every year on April 22nd, International Mother Earth Day promotes conservation and spreads awareness about environmental concerns. It marks the anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Numerous programs and celebrations are held around the world to honor the Earth and educate people on how best to protect it.
World Book and Copyright Day is held on April 23rd every year on the same day that three important writers–Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vegas–died. Its purpose is to celebrate the importance of books to both mankind’s past and future and encourage people everywhere to read more.
English Language Day is held on April 23rd every year, which is William Shakespeare’s birth and death day. The event honors one of the two primary official languages of the United Nations and encourages the study of English around the world without sacrificing local languages.
On April 25th, the world celebrates World Malaria Day, an event sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to encourage more research and donations for medical supplies to help stamp out the disease of malaria which continues to affect more than 200 million people every year.
World Intellectual Property Day is held on April 26th of every year to raise awareness about the importance of protecting individuals’ intellectual property. On this day, the United Nations hosts speakers who discuss various problems and solutions related to international intellectual property laws.
The United Nations sponsors World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28th of every year to encourage employers around the world to promote safe, healthy work environments for their employees. Governments are encouraged to examine their laws and rules, and identify ways to protect workers.
On April 30th, the United Nations holds the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare. The date corresponds with the Chemical Weapons Convention, which banned the use of these deadly weapons. Its purpose is to remember those who perished before the laws were put into place, as well as those who continue to suffer due to governments ignoring the policies.
International Jazz Day is held on April 30th of every year to celebrate how jazz’s free, creative expression has shaped societies around the world. Jazz musicians often visit the United Nations on this date, while concerts are held worldwide for the public.
On May 3rd, the United Nations sponsors World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness about the importance of a free press in a democratic society. The event calls attention to instances of censorship, propaganda and other interferences with the free press in hopes of ending these issues.
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War (A/RES/59/26)
WWII and the Holocaust killed about 3 percent of the world’s population. On May 8th and 9th of every year, the United Nations remembers these individuals with the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War. It was first established in 2010.
Since 2006, the United Nations has celebrated World Migratory Bird Day. It takes place on the secondary Saturday in May and October. The event raises awareness about the importance that migratory birds have in their ecosystems and how human activities endanger and interfere with these species. The 2023 theme was water and its importance to migratory birds.
The International Day of Families is held on May 15th of every year as a part of the United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of families around the world. Every year, the UN chooses a different theme for the event, focusing on everything from promoting education to ending poverty.
The United Nations sponsors World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May 17th of every year. The day supports efforts to improve communications on a global scale using cellular devices, the Internet, and other forms of communication. Important individuals and experts in telecommunications and IT often address the Assembly on this day.
“Vesak,” the Day of the Full Moon, is held every May in celebration of the most sacred event in the Buddhist faith. The day, which falls on the day of the full moon in May, honors when the Buddha was born and when he achieved enlightenment. It is celebrated globally in May as a show of solidarity with Buddhists worldwide.
The UN General Assembly designated May 20th as World Bee Day in 2018. It recognizes the importance of bees and other pollinators like bts, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Without pollinators, biodiversity and food security are threatened. Every year, various organizations hold events educating the public about bees, pollination, and their importance to human life.
On May 21st of every year, the United Nations holds a World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. On this day, the UN and other organizations encourage governments around the world to foster diversity and help all cultures in their societies retain their identities in order to develop stronger nations.
The International Day for Biological Diversity is held on May 22nd of every year in hopes of raising awareness about the importance of protecting all of the species in our global ecosystems. The United Nations holds hearings and events related to species protection and conservation.
Obstetric fistula is a complication of delivery that impacts the lives of millions of women. It also results in many deaths. On May 23rd, the United Nations and the World Health Organization cosponsor the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula to educate the public and medical providers about how this preventable complication can be eliminated worldwide.
UN Peacekeepers are called into some of the most dangerous situations in the world with a mission to preserve peace. On May 29th of every year, the United Nations thanks these brave people with the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Many wear blue in honor of the hats UN workers don.
Tobacco plays a role in the deaths of 6 million people every year. Although tobacco use is diminishing around the world, the problems it causes persist, which is why the United Nations and the World Health Organization cosponsor World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st every year. The annual event seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use.
Since 2012, the United Nations has celebrated the Global Day of Parents on June 1st of every year. The day honors parents for the sacrifices they make to raise their children. The day also promotes programs and campaigns that assist parents around the world.
The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is held on June 4th of every year to remember children whose lives are negatively impacted by armed conflicts around the world. Relief programs are launched in war-torn areas on this date to help provide services, care and protection for young people.
World Environment Day is held on June 5th of each year to promote the importance of protecting the planet. The United Nations focuses on a set theme (such as eliminating plastics) and hosts speakers and hearings related to solving various environmental problems, such as protecting endangered species or addressing climate change.
The United Nations observes World Oceans Day on June 8th every year. It’s an opportunity to encourage people around the world to promote cleaner oceans. Various events take place worldwide in honor of the day, which focuses on ways to combat industrial and consumer pollution to protect ocean waters and the species that live in them.
Although much of the world has made child labour illegal, forced child labor is still a problem in many countries. Since 2002, the United Nations has committed June 12th of every year to fighting this problem and putting an end to it for good as a part of World Day Against Child Labour.
International Albinism Awareness Day is held on June 13th every year to educate the public about albinism, which is a condition that is largely misunderstood. The United Nations launches educational campaigns on this day every year and typically invites people living with the condition to speak in front of the Assembly.
World Blood Donor Day is held on June 14th of every year through cooperation between the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The purpose of the event is to encourage people in every country to donate blood to save the lives of those in need.
Millions of senior citizens are victims of elder abuse around the world, and often, they suffer in silence with no one to protect them. On June 15th of every year, the United Nations sponsors World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to educate the world about the problem and advocate for stronger protections.
On June 16th of every year, the United Nations sponsors International Day of Family Remittances. “Remittance” refers to the funds migrants send home to their families. On this day, the UN and other organizations educate the public on migrant workers working abroad to support their loved ones.
While deserts are natural features of the environment, human activities are having a detrimental impact on the planet and causing many areas that were once lush to become deserts. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought seeks to raise awareness of this problem and promote responsible land use. It is held on June 17th every year.
Although sexual violence as a war tactic is a war crime, it is still a reality in many parts of the world. The United Nations hopes to call attention to this barbaric practice and eradicate it, and so every June 19th, it uses International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict to educate the public about it.
When armed conflict and natural disasters strike an area, many individuals have no choice but to flee as refugees. The United Nations sponsors World Refugee Day hopes of encouraging countries to treat refugees with dignity and respect. World Refugee Day is held on June 20th of every year.
Yoga has provable health benefits such as stress alleviation and emotional well-being. On June 21st of each year, the United Nations educates the public about the many benefits of yoga through the International Day of Yoga. Programs promoting yoga are held throughout the world on this day.
Public service organizations and public servants play a vital role in improving the world we live in. Every year, the United Nations Public Service Day is held on June 23rd every year to celebrate this valuable work and encourage people to pursue careers that serve their communities. Volunteer programs are held in communities all around the world in honor of the event, and the UN encourages employees to volunteer their time.
On June 23rd of every year, the United Nations holds International Widows’ Day. This day reminds societies that those who lose their spouses often face challenges from depression to isolation to financial insecurity. Individuals, communities and governments are encouraged to support those who have lost their spouses through programs and campaigns.
The Day of the Seafarer is held on June 25th of every year. Through the event, the United Nations hopes to call attention to the maritime industry’s impact on world economies. The day also pays tribute to workers who spend significant time away from their families.
Drug addiction is a global epidemic, and drug trafficking has led to rampant violence in many countries around the world. Since 1987, the UN has recognized June 26th as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It recognizes the stigma and discrimination that drug use often triggers, and calls for better cooperation and people-first approaches to ending drug use and trafficking.
While torture is forbidden under international law, it remains a persistent issue. Every June 26th, The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture draws attention to torture, recognizes its victims, and calls for an end to torture.
Cooperatives are associations and enterprises where people come together and work on economic, social, cultural, and political issues. The movement is community-based, and despite having local focuses, the movement has been integrated into the international world, too. On July 1st of each year, the United Nations sponsors the International Day of Cooperatives. The day promotes cooperatives that come together for the betterment of mankind and the planet.
World Population Day is celebrated on July 11th of each year as a time to reflect on population growth and segments of the global population that are in need. Every year, the United Nations chooses a different theme for the event, such as caring for the elderly or investing in adolescent girls.
In 2013, education activist Malala Yousafzai gave a speech to the UN on July 12, which is her birthday. The UN continues to recognize Malala on her birthday and anniversary of her speech. Other young education activists often give speeches to the UN on that day, while education organizations use the day to draw attention to their work and the challenges facing children – especially girls – in many places around the world.
World Youth Skills Day is held on July 15th of each year to celebrate the achievements of teenagers and people in their 20s. The purpose of the event is to empower young people and inspire them to be leaders in their communities, countries and globally.
Nelson Mandela International Day is held on July 18th of every year. It was set up in November 2009 to honor the life’s work of Nelson Mandela, who fought to end apartheid in South Africa. The day promotes freedom, justice and democracy all around the world.
Hepatitis is a group of diseases that kills more than 1 million people around the world every year. The disease is often preventable, and on July 28th, the United Nations raises awareness about how people can protect themselves and their families through programs associated with World Hepatitis Day.
The International Day of Friendship is held on July 30th of every year in hopes of promoting peace, brotherhood, and solidarity in communities, between countries, and around the world. People are encouraged to reflect on the importance of friendship in their lives and tell their friends how much they meant to them.
Human trafficking is a global problem, and while exact numbers are difficult to know, more than 21 million people (including children) are victims of human trafficking. On July 30th of every year, the United Nations seeks to raise awareness of the problem through the observance of World Day against Trafficking in Persons .
On August 9th, the United Nations sponsors the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It encourages people to learn about the issues facing native populations around the world. The UN chooses a different theme for each year’s observance. Past themes have included education and substance abuse prevention.
Every year, International Youth Day takes place on August 12th of. It’s an opportunity for the United Nations to raise awareness about the social and health problems facing teenagers in countries around the world. A different focus is chosen each year.
World Humanitarian Day is held on August 19th of every year. Its purpose is to recognize people who are suffering due to poverty, hunger, natural disasters and violence. It also encourages the world to participate in efforts to provide relief for these individuals through volunteerism, charity and empowering local communities.
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition [UNESCO] (29 C/Resolution 40)
The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition is held on August 23rd of every year to ensure that the damaging practices of slavery as an institution is never forgotten. It is a time when the United Nations honors abolitionists and those who fought for freedom and equality for all people.
The International Day against Nuclear Tests is held on August 29th of each year. It reminds the global community of the ban on nuclear testing that was instituted in 1996. While instances of tests have dramatically declined, some countries continue to develop nuclear weapons. This event hopes to change that.
People who speak out against oppression and injustice are often victims of enforced disappearances. On August 30th, the United Nations remembers those who have been victims of this human rights violation. The day also calls for these practices to be abolished worldwide.
In 2003, The International Association for Suicide Prevention established World Suicide Prevention Day in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO). Every September 10, the day draws attention to suicide and ways to prevent it through hundreds of educational and commemorative events.
In 2018, The UN General Assembly established September 23 as the International Day of Languages. It raises awareness of sign language’s importance to those who are deaf and celebrates its significance to linguistic and cultural diversity.
While extreme poverty has significantly declined over the past decades, it’s still a major issue. On September 5th of every year, the United Nations urges people around the world to remember and help those less fortunate than them through the International Day of Charity.
Since 2020, the UN has recognized the importance of clean air and good air quality every September 7th. With less pollution, humans can fight climate change and enjoy better health. All Member states are encouraged to promote clean air and improve international cooperation on the issue.
Knowing how to read provides people with the foundation to earn a good living, break free of poverty, and better their families’ lives. On September 8th of each year on International Literacy Day, the United Nations seeks to raise awareness about the importance of literacy for all people worldwide.
The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation is held on September 12th of every year to encourage countries located in the Southern Hemisphere to partner with one another in order to develop their economies and address social issues. These cooperative measures can help to strengthen the overall global economy.
The International Day of Democracy is an annual event celebrated on September 15th. Its general purpose is to promote the spread of free and democratic elections around the world. Each year, the United Nations chooses a different focus or theme relevant to issues related to democracy.
September 16th is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. On this day, the United Nations partners with environmental groups around the world to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the ozone layer. The event seeks to educate the public and companies about the impact that they have on the environment.
September 21st is the International Day of Peace. People around the world are encouraged to put aside their differences and call for peace. In recent years, the day has also centered on promoting a greener world and living in peace with the planet.
September 26th is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear weapons have the power to kill millions and end the world as we know it, but there are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons around the world. On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the United Nations encourages all nations around the world to stop their nuclear programs.
World Tourism Day takes place on September 27th of every year. The day is meant to celebrate the benefits of travel and encourage everyone to explore the world. The United Nations also honors the positive impact the tourism industry has on world economies.
World Rabies Day is held on September 28th of each year to raise awareness about the disease, which has no effective treatment or cure. In humans, it’s nearly 100% fatal once symptoms appear. Thankfully, there are vaccines. While a different theme is chosen by the United Nations for each annual observance, the general purpose of the event is to encourage people to get their pets vaccinated.
The International Day of Older Persons is an annual event held on October 1st to honor people over the age of 55 and to fight worldwide ageism. On this day, the United Nations invites speakers from all over the world to address issues that affect the elderly.
International Day of Non-Violence is held on October 2nd of each year. The purpose of the day is to promote non-violent resolutions to problems and to put a stop to all forms of violence, including war, terrorism, domestic violence and gun violence. Each year, the United Nations sponsors events around the world to raise awareness about violence.
World Habitat Day takes place annually on the first Monday of October. It draws attention to the state of our habitats and the importance of protecting them. Without adequate shelter, species face extinction. The day also recognizes our responsibility to protect towns and cities. The United Nations selects a different theme for the event each year.
Every October 5th, World Teachers’ Day honors educators, who play a vital role in bettering communities and the world at large. The event seeks to empower teachers around the world and encourage people to pursue teacher education.
World Post Day is held on October 9th of every year to promote preserving the postal systems in place around the world. The United Nations uses the annual event to raise awareness about the importance of postal services for communications and to honor the history of the post.
On October 10th of every year, the United Nations and the World Health Organization cosponsor World Mental Health Day. This day raises awareness about mental health issues and the need for treatment for people around the globe. In addition, the event seeks to de-stigmatize those with mental health problems.
October 11th is International Day of the Girl Child. On this day, the UN promotes the rights of female children and adolescents, raises awareness about the importance of educating young girls, and advocates for the protection of girls from violence.
While natural disasters are never fully preventable, the impact that humans have on the planet can increase the likelihood of their occurrence. On October 13th of each year, the United Nations draws attention to how the world community can reduce the risk of natural disasters through the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Women make up 45 percent of the workforce in agricultural and rural areas, but they are often underpaid and more likely to live in poverty than their male counterparts. On the International Day of Rural Women held on October 15th, the United Nations promotes equality and a better quality of life for women in rural areas.
Every October 16th, the Food and Agriculture ORganization of the UN sponsors World Food Day. The purpose of the event is to promote more sustainable growing methods for food, encourage healthy eating, and put an end to hunger.
On October 17th of each year, the United Nations sponsors the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This event raises awareness about poverty and encourages individuals, companies and governments to take steps to improve the lives of impoverished people around the world.
United Nations Day takes place on October 24th of every year. It commemorates the ratification of the documents that established the UN in 1945. On this day, the UN looks back at the history of the organization while laying forth strategies to further their mission in the future.
World Development Information Day is held on October 24th, which is the same day as United Nations Day. The date was chosen purposefully as a way to promote the spread of information about the issues facing developing nations around the world. The UN uses the day to educate the public.
Digital media and audiovisual recordings are important treasures of the past. When they’re preserved, they’re vital tools for studying history. On October 27th of every year, the United Nations encourages countries around the world to preserve these important pieces of the past on World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
World Cities Day is held on October 31st of every year. Its purpose is to raise awareness about issues that affect cities around the world on environmental, economic, social and political levels. Each year, the United Nations chooses a different theme for the annual observance.
Over the last 10 years, more than 700 television and print journalists have been murdered simply for trying to share the news. On November 2, the United Nations remembers these individuals on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The event seeks to bring an end to the unpunished crimes against journalists worldwide.
Tsunamis can claim the lives of thousands and even millions of people. In 2015, the United Nations established November 5th as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The day is an opportunity to educate people about the threat of tsunamis and to encourage governments to put plans in place to respond to the threat of tsunamis.
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4)
Wars impact the lives of millions of people, but they also cause environmental devastation. On November 6th of each year, the United Nations focuses on spreading the word about the impact that armed conflicts have on the environment through the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
November 10th is World Science Day for Peace and Development, an annual event sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. On this day, UNESCO seeks to promote the furthering of scientific inquiry as a tool for peace, development, and global prosperity.
The World Health Organization and the United Nations cosponsor World Diabetes Day on November 14th of every year. As a part of the event, the UN and WHO launch programs to raise awareness of how people can improve their lifestyles in order to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.
November 16th is the International Day for Tolerance, which the United Nations has sponsored every year since 1995. The purpose of the day is to encourage worldwide tolerance of people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, and levels of ability.
World Philosophy Day falls on the third Thursday in November every year. By celebrating this day, UNESCO seeks to remind the world of the importance of philosophy in the past, present and future. UNESCO partners are encouraged to hold philosophical debates, conferences, workshops, and presentations with philosophers, scientists, educators, students, and others.
World Toilet Day is held on November 19th of every year. It draws attention to the fact that more than 2 billion people around the world do not have access to toilets and plumbing. The event calls for improvements in sanitation systems in developing nations.
Since 1989, the United Nations has observed Africa Industrialization Day every year on November 20th. The purpose of the event is to promote the responsible continued development of African economies, which improves living conditions throughout the continent and betters the economic situations of families while protecting the planet.
Universal Children’s Day has been celebrated on the 20th of November each year since 1954. The purpose of the day is to honor children and the commonalities between kids in countries all over the world. School-aged children across the globe participate in various activities to connect with kids in other countries as a part of the event.
More than 1.25 million people die in automobile accidents every year. On the third Sunday in November, these individuals are remembered on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The day is also a time to promote highway safety regulations at local and national levels and to encourage safe driving worldwide.
Television is an important form of media that entertains, educates, and connects us. On November 21st of every year, the United Nations holds World Television Day to encourage the responsible use of television as a form of media. The UN often asks individuals from broadcasting to address the Member states.
One out of every three women has been the victim of either physical or sexual violence. On November 25th, the United Nations raises awareness about this global problem, educates the public on what defines violence against women, and calls for an end to gender-based violence. Each year has a different theme.
Since 1977, the UN has observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29th. The day raises awareness about the plight of Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The flag of Palestine is raised at the UN on this day and flown around the world in solidarity.
While interventions have helped slow the spread of AIDS and enabled those with the disease to lead fuller, healthier lives, there is still much to be done to eradicate this preventable disease. On December 1st, the United Nations raises awareness about HIV and AIDS through the observance of World AIDS Day.
While the formal slave trade has been eradicated, millions of people are still victims of forced labor around the world. The United Nations seeks to put an end to this form of slavery, so on December 2nd, Member states and organizations recognize the problem and help educate the public.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on December 3rd. It promotes the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life and society. The UN General Assembly established the day in 1992 through resolution A/RES/47/3, which recognized the rights of persons with disabilities and called for greater efforts to promote their inclusion and empowerment.
Individuals can make a huge difference in the lives of others by volunteering their time and using their talents. On December 5th of every year, the United Nations reminds the global community of this fact through the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development.
December 5th is World Soil Day, which is an annual event sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It draws attention to the importance of soils to humans, animals and plants, and promotes conservation and better use of land.
Air travel has become vital for economic development and the free movement of people. The United Nations focuses on furthering civil aviation in developing nations to ensure that the entire world has access to safe air transportation. To raise awareness of civil aviation’s importance, International Civil Aviation Day takes place on December 7th of each year.
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)
While genocide has been classified as a war crime since 1948, millions around the world have been killed by genocide. To commemorate victims and call for an end to genocide, The International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime is held December 9th of each year. It’s held on the anniversary of the convention banning genocide.
The United Nations sponsors International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9th of every year in hopes of eradicating government and corporate corruption that causes serious abuses of human rights. Each year, the UN chooses a different theme relevant to anti-corruption.
On December 10th, the UN celebrates Human Rights Day. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of human rights, educate the public on the history of human rights, and learn how to protect human rights. Every country in the world is invited to participate in the annual observance and to take steps to ensure that the rights of individuals in all countries are protected.
The United Nations sponsors International Mountain Day on December 11th of every year. Mountains cover 22 percent of the world’s surface and have a major impact on world economies. This day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of mountains and to encourage countries around the world to protect mountain landscapes.
The International Migrants Day is observed annually on December 18th. It recognizes the contributions and rights of migrants around the world and promotes policies and actions that support their well-being and protection. The UN established the day in 2000 through resolution A/RES/55/93, which recognized the need to protect the rights of migrants and promote international cooperation in addressing migration issues.
While every human is unique and many things make us different from one another, humans around the world have many basic things in common. The United Nations seeks to remind us that we are all members of one human family with International Human Solidarity Day, which takes place every December 20th.