UN Observances

International Decades

2011 - 2020 United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
2014 - 2024
United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

International Years

2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States
2015 International Year of Soils
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
2016 International Year of Pulses

International Days

27 January International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
4 February
World Cancer Day
6 February
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
13 February World Radio Day [UNESCO]
20 February World Day of Social Justice
21 February International Mother Language Day [UNESCO]
1 March Zero Discrimination Day [UNAIDS]
3 March World Wildlife Day
8 March International Women's Day
20 March International Day of Happiness
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
World Poetry Day [UNESCO]
International Day of Nowruz
World Down Syndrome Day
International Day of Forests and the Tree
22 March
World Water Day
23 March
World Meteorological Day  [WMO]
24 March
World Tuberculosis Day [WHO]
International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
25 March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
2 April World Autism Awareness Day
4 April International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
6 April International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
7 April Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
World Health Day [WHO]
12 April International Day of Human Space Flight
22 April International Mother Earth Day
23 April World Book and Copyright Day
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
8-9 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
11-12 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
23 May International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
24 May "Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon
29 May International Day of UN Peacekeepers
31 May World No-Tobacco Day [WHO]
1 June Global Day of Parents
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
14 June World Blood Donor Day [WHO]
15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
17 June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
20 June World Refugee Day
23 June United Nations Public Service Day
International Widows' Day
25 June Day of the Seafarer [IMO]
26 June International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
(1st Saturday in July)
International Day of Cooperatives
11 July
World Population Day
18 July
Nelson Mandela International Day
28 July
World Hepatitis Day [WHO]
30 July
International Day of Friendship
9 August
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
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 Enforced Disappearances
5 September International Day of Charity
8 September International Literacy Day [UNESCO]
10 September World Suicide Prevention Day [WHO]
12 September United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
15 September International Day of Democracy
16 September International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
21 September International Day of Peace
25 September (Last week of September) World Maritime Day [IMO]
27 September World Tourism Day [UNWTO]
28 September World Rabies Day [WHO]
1 October International Day of Older Persons
2 October International Day of Non-Violence
5 October World Teachers’ Day [UNESCO]
(1st Monday) World Habitat Day
9 October World Post Day
(2nd Thursday) World Sight Day [WHO]
10 October World Mental Health Day [WHO]
11 October International Day of the Girl Child
13 October International Day for Disaster Reduction
15 October International Day of Rural Women
16 October World Food Day [FAO]
17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
24 October United Nations Day
World Development Information Day
27 October World Day for Audiovisual Heritage [UNESCO]
2 November International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
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
12 November World Pneumonia Day [WHO]
14 November World Diabetes Day [WHO]
16 November International Day for Tolerance
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day [WHO]
(3rd Sunday) World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
19 November World Toilet Day
20 November Universal Children’s Day
(3rd Thursday) World Philosophy Day
21 November World Television Day
22 November Africa Industrialization Day
25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
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
World Soil Day
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
20 December International Human Solidarity Day

Last Updated: 6 March 2014

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