Important World Days




List of international observances

Below follows a list of consecutively days, years and decades that have been denoted as international observances by the United Nations. There are also other organizations that declare international observances, although these are not as widely recognized.

Days

January

•January 1 - Global Family Day--formerly One Day of Peace and Sharing, recognized by the UN

•January 6 - World day for War orphans - initiated by (S.O.S Enfants En Detresse - www.soseed.org by Stephen N. KINUTHIA)

•January 11 - International Day for Peace in Kenya January 11, 2008. Recent events in the country left Kenyans in fear of their future. The stalemate between the political leaders has created opportunity for destructive forces, and organized militia, which have risen to kill innocent people (more than 450 killed, thousands injured and over 250,000 displaced - initiated by (Kenya Welfare Foundation & Kenya Development Network and Consortium)

•January 15 - Martin Luther King Day

•January 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February

•February 02 - World Wetlands Day

•February 04 - World Cancer Day

•February 04 - International Tacky Email Formatting Day

•February 12 - Darwin Day

•February 14 - Valentines Day

•February 21 - International Mother Language Day, recognized by the UN

March

•March 8 - United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace, recognized by the UN

•March 15 - World Consumer Rights Day

•March 20 - International Day of the Francophonie (site (French))

•March 21 - World Sleep Day

•March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, recognized by the UN

•March 22 - World Day for Water, recognized by the UN

•March 23 - World Meteorological Day, recognized by the UN

•March 24 - World Tuberculosis Day, recognized by the UN

•March 27 - World Theatre Day

•March 27 - World Wear Odd socks day

April

•April 4 - International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, recognized by the UN

•April 7 - World Health Day, recognized by the UN

•April 22 - Earth Day

•April 23 - World Book and Copyright Day, recognized by the UN

•April 25 - Africa Malaria Day

•April 26 - World Intellectual Property Day, recognized by the UN

•April 28 - International Workers' Memorial Day

•April 29 - World Dance Day

May

•May 1 - May Day

•May 3 - World Press Freedom Day, recognized by the UN

•May 4 - International Firefighters' Day

•May 8 - World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day

•May 12 - International Nurses Day

•May 15 - International Day of Families, recognized by the UN

•May 17 - World Telecommunication Day, recognized by the UN

•May 21 - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, recognized by the UN

•May 22 - International Day for Biological Diversity, recognized by the UN

•May 29 - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, recognized by the UN

•May 31 - World No Tobacco Day, recognized by the UN

•1st Tuesday of May - World Asthma Day

•2nd Saturday of May - World Fair Trade Day

June

•June 1 - International Children's Day

•June 4 - International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, recognized by the UN

•June 5 - World Environment Day, recognized by the UN

•June 8 - World Brain Tumour Day

•June 8 - World Ocean Day

•June 12 - World Day against Child Labour

•June 14 - World Blood Donor Day, recognized by the UN

•June 17 - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, recognized by the UN

•June 18 - International Picnic Day

•June 20 - World Refugee Day, recognized by the UN

•June 21 - World Music Day

•June 23 - United Nations Public Service Day, recognized by the UN

•June 26 - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, recognized by the UN

•June 26 - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, recognized by the UN

July

•1st Saturday of July - International Day of Cooperatives, recognized by the UN

•July 11 - World Population Day, recognized by the UN

August

•August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous People

•August 12 - International Youth Day

•August 13 - Left Handers Day

•August 23 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

•August 29 - According to Hoyle Day

September

•September 8 - International Literacy Day, recognized by the UN

•September 8 - World Rabies Day

•September 11 - World First Aid Day

•September 16 - International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, recognized by the UN

•September 19 - International Talk Like a Pirate Day

•September 21 - International Day of Peace, recognized by the UN, World Alzheimer's Day

•September 22 - (World) Car Free Day(s)

•September 25 - International Grab Hand Day. Not Recognised by UN, but only those in the GIS Industry, and all associated IT Disciplines.

•September 26 - European Day of Languages

•September 27 - World Tourism Day

•September 28 - Right to Know Day [1]

•4th week of September - (International) Peace Week

•During last week of September - World Maritime Day, recognized by the UN

October

•First Monday of October - World Habitat Day

•October 1 - International Day of Older Persons, recognized by the UN

•October 1 - World Vegetarian Day

•October 2 - International Day of Non-Violence, recognized by the UN, observed on M.K. Gandhi's birthday

•October 4 - World Animal Day

•October 5 - World Teachers' Day

•Second Wednesday of October - International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

•October 6 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

•October 8 - World Humanitarian Action Day

•October 9 - World Post Day

•October 10 - World Mental Health Day, recognized by the UN

•October 14 - World Standards Day

•October 15 - Foundation of the Black Panthers Day

•October 16 - World Food Day, recognized by the UN

•October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, recognized by the UN

•October 24 - United Nations Day, recognized by the UN

•October 24 - World Development Information Day, recognized by the UN

November

•November 1 - World Vegan Day

•November 6 - International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, recognized by the UN

•November 9 - World Freedom Day

•November 16 - International Day for Tolerance, recognized by the UN

•November 17 - International Students Day

•November 19 - World Toilet Day

•November 20 - Africa Industrialization Day, recognized by the UN

•November 20 - Universal Children's Day, recognized by the UN

•November 21 - World Hello Day

•November 21 - World Television Day, recognized by the UN

•November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, recognized by the UN

•November 29 - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, recognized by the UN

December

•December 1 - World AIDS Day, recognized by the UN

•December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, recognized by the UN

•December 3 - International Day of Disabled Persons, recognized by the UN

•December 5 - International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, recognized by the UN

•December 7 - International Civil Aviation Day, recognized by the UN

•December 9 - The International Day against Corruption, recognized by the UN

•December 10 - Human Rights Day, recognized by the UN

•December 18 - International Migrants Day, recognized by the UN

•December 20 - International Human Solidarity Day, recognized by the UN



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