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20 Dec 2020
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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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Four hands hold an image of the earth.
10 Dec 2020
00:00

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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09 Dec 2020
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Int’l Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide.

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A Muslim man grieving over his son's grave A Muslim man grieving over his son's grave in Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 1994.
09 Dec 2020
00:00

International Anti-Corruption Day

Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. The aim of International Anti-Corruption Day is to support a positive and pro-active stance against corruption.

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Anti-Corruption sign in Namibia.
30 Nov 2020
00:00

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

The Chemical Weapons Convention is the only instrument that bans an entire category of weapons of mass destruction under strict international verification. Let's not forget the suffering of the families of victims of chemical warefare, and free the world from the horrors of weapons of mass destruction.

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UNSCOM inspectors take mustard agent samples from 155-mm mustard agent artillery projectiles, which have been wrapped in plastic to minimize contamination, Iraq, 1991.
25 Nov 2020
00:00

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The day aims to create awareness of the fact that violence against women is a human rights violation that impedes progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security, and therefore must be confronted and eliminated.

 

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Artwork for the UN Women interactive website, Violence Against Women: Facts Everyone Should Know.
20 Nov 2020
00:00

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.
16 Nov 2020
00:00

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.
06 Nov 2020
00:00

Int'l Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict

Though humanity has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.

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24 Oct 2020
00:00

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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UN Logo in General Assembly Hall