International Days

16 Oct 2021

World Food Day


As countries around the world suffer the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Food Day is launching a call for global solidarity to help the most vulnerable people to recover and make food systems more sustainable and resilient to shocks.



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24 Oct 2021

United Nations Day


UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.


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31 Oct 2021

World Cities Day


World Cities Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.


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16 Nov 2021

International Day for Tolerance


The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.



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During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town.
20 Nov 2021

World Children's Day


World Children's Day is meant to celebrate worldwide fraternity and understanding between children, as well as to promote the ideals and objectives of the UN Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.



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Students at the “25 de Junho” School, located in Beira, Mozambique.
03 Dec 2021

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries. The International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development.


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05 Dec 2021

International Volunteer Day


International Volunteer Day recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality.



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10 Dec 2021

Human Rights Day


Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.



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12 Dec 2021

International Universal Health Coverage Day


International Universal Health Coverage Day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners. 



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18 Dec 2021

Arabic Language Day


The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 400 million people. Arabic Language Day coincides with the day in 1973 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization.


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20 Dec 2021

International Human Solidarity Day


The United Nations was founded on a basic premise of unity and harmony among its members expressed in the concept of collective security that relies on the solidarity of its members to unite “to maintain international peace and security.


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24 Jan 2022

International Day of Education


The International Day of Education celebrates education worldwide by promoting the idea that education plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies, and contributes to the achievement of all other Sustainable Development Goals.


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11 Feb 2022

International Day of Women and Girls in Science


Full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.



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 A teenage girl in a chemistry class at a school in Zambia.
03 Mar 2022

World Wildlife Day


World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people.



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08 Mar 2022

International Women's Day


International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.


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20 Mar 2022

International Day of Happiness


The United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. 



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Timorese in traditional dress take part in a ceremony for the International Day of Peace.
20 Mar 2022

International Francophonie Day


Celebrating La Francophonie is recognizing the potential of language and culture to unite people, to create spaces of solidarity and mutual understanding, to reflect together on our common future.



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22 Mar 2022

World Water Day


Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.



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A girl carries a container of water on her shoulder.