Saving future generations from the scourge of war was the main motivation for creating the United Nations, whose founders lived through the devastation of two world wars. Since its creation, the UN has often been called upon to prevent disputes from escalating into war, or to help restore peace following the outbreak of armed conflict, and to promote lasting peace in societies emerging from wars.
- International Day of Peace
- International Day for Tolerance
- Human Rights Day
- International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
- World Interfaith Harmony Week
- International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
- Sustainable Development Goals
- United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
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.