World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted on 20 October 2010. Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.
- World Interfaith Harmony Week (1-7 February)
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May)
- International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism (21 August)
- International Day for Tolerance (16 November)
- International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010)
- UN Year of Dialogue among Civilizations (2001)
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.