- International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
- International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
- International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
- International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
- Human Rights Day
To prevent atrocity crimes, it is critically important to understand their root causes. Crimes, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, are not spontaneous acts. They develop as a process over time, during which it may be possible to identify warning signs, including hate speech targeting specific groups. Therefore, the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide is the focal point for the implementation of the UN Strategy on Hate Speech.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.