UN Days

Individuals and groups can help to make UN Days much more effective through meditation and prayer. On this site there is a meditation in support of the UN Days and information on ways to participate in the UN Days & Years Meditation Initiative

Here you will find information on the UN designated Days during 2012. Information provided includes some backround, links to the UN site on the Day (where such a site exists), together with key thoughts for reflection.

The UN Days are arranged in date order. Click on the Day you are interested in from this index:

27 JanuaryHolocaust Remembrance Day
1 - 7 FebruaryWorld Interfaith Harmony Week
4 FebruaryWorld Cancer Day (WHO)
20 FebruaryWorld Day of Social Justice
21 FebruaryInternational Mother Language Day (UNESCO)
8 MarchInternational Women's Day
21 MarchInternational Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination & Week of Solidarity
21 MarchWorld Poetry Day (UNESCO)
21 MarchWorld Down Syndrome Day
21 MarchInternational Day of Nowruz
22 MarchWorld Day for Water
23 MarchWorld Meteorological Day (IMO)
24 MarchWorld Tuberculosis Day (WHO)
24 MarchInternational Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
25 MarchInternational Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
25 MarchInternational Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
2 AprilWorld Autism Awareness Day
4 AprilInternational Day of Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action
7 AprilWorld Health Day
7 AprilDay of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
12 AprilInternational Day of Human Space Flight
22 AprilInternational Mother Earth Day
23 AprilWorld Book & Copyright Day (UNESCO)
25 AprilWorld Malaria Day (WHO)
26 AprilWorld Intellectual Property Day (WIPO)
28 AprilWorld Day for Saftey & Health at Work (ILO)
29 AprilDay of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
3 MayWorld Press Freedom Day
5 MayDay of Vesak (May Full Moon)
8 & 9 MayTime of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
12 - 13 MayWorld Migratory Bird Day (UNEP) 2nd weekend May
15 MayInternational Day of Families
17 MayWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day
21 MayWorld Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 MayInternational Day for Biological Diversity
25 May - 1 JuneWeek of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
29 MayInternational Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
31 MayWorld No-Tobacco Day
4 JuneInternational Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5 JuneWorld Environment Day
8 JuneWorld Oceans Day
12 JuneWorld Day Against Child Labour (ILO)
14 JuneWorld Blood Donor Day (WHO)
17 JuneWorld Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
20 JuneWorld Refugee Day
23 JuneInternational Widow's Day
23 JuneUnited Nations Public Service Day
25 JuneDay of the Seafarer (IMO)
26 JuneInternational Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26 JuneInternational Day in Support of Victims of Torture
7 JulyInternational Day of Cooperatives
11 JulyWorld Population Day
18 JulyNelson Mandela International Day
28 JulyWorld Hepatitis Day (WHO)
30 JulyInternational Day of Friendship
1 - 7 AugustWorld Breastfeeding Week (WHO)
9 AugustInternational Day of the World's Indigenous People
12 AugustInternational Youth Day
19 AugustWorld Humanitarian Day
23 AugustInternational Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (UNESCO)
29 AugustInternational Day Against Nuclear Tests
30 AugustInternational Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
8 SeptemberInternational Literacy Day (UNESCO)
10 SeptemberWorld Suicide Prevention Day (WHO)
12 SeptemberUN Day for South-South Cooperation
15 SeptemberInternational Day of Democracy
16 SeptemberInternational Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
21 SeptemberInternational Day of Peace
24 - 30 SeptemberWorld Maritime Day (IMO)
27 SeptemberWorld Tourism Day (WTO)
28 SeptemberWorld Rabies Day (WHO)
30 SeptemberWorld Heart Day (WHO)
1 OctoberInternational Day of Older Persons
1 OctoberWorld Habitat Day (1st Monday of October)
2 OctoberInternational Day of Non-Violence
4 - 10 OctoberWorld Space Week
5 OctoberWorld Teachers Day (UNESCO)
9 OctoberWorld Post Day (UPU)
10 OctoberWorld Mental Health Day (WHO)
11 OctoberInternational Day of the Girl Child
11 OctoberWorld Sight Day (WHO) (2nd Thursday October)
13 OctoberInternational Day for Disaster Reduction
15 OctoberInternational Day of Rural Women
16 OctoberWorld Food Day
17 OctoberInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty
24 OctoberUnited Nations Day
24 OctoberWorld Development Information Day
24 - 30 OctoberDisarmament Week
27 OctoberWorld Day for Audiovisual Heritage (UNESCO)
6 NovemberInternational Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
10 NovemberWorld Science Day for Peace and Development (UNESCO)
11 - 17 NovemberInternational Week of Science and Peace
12 NovemberWorld Pneumonia Day
14 NovemberWorld Diabetes Day
15 NovemberWorld Philosophy Day (UNESCO) (Third Thursday of November)
16 NovemberInternational Day for Tolerance
17 November World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day (WHO)
18 NovemberWorld Day for Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims and Their Families
20 NovemberAfrica Industrialisation Day
20 NovemberUniversal Children's Day
21 NovemberWorld Television Day
25 NovemberInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
29 NovemberInternational Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
1 DecemberWorld AIDS Day
2 DecemberInternational Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 DecemberInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities
5 DecemberInternational Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
7 DecemberInternational Civil Aviation Day
9 DecemberInternational Anti-Corruption Day
10 DecemberHuman Rights Day
11 DecemberInternational Mountain Day
18 DecemberInternational Migrants Day
20 DecemberInternational Human Solidarity Day

 

 

What's New

Recent Additions to the UN Calendar include World Oceans Day 8 June; Nelson Mandela International Day 18 July; International Day Against Nuclear Tests 29 August; Int'nl Anti-Corruption Day 9 December, International Widows Day 23 June, Int'l Day of Girl Child 11 October.

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