There are 365 days in a calendar year. Just suppose, If every day is productive and celebrate. The world will be so active and amazing if every day of the year is internationally celebrated and dedicated to some cause. 

United Nations is the most authentic body to declare as a world celebration day and then all member countries observe these days. Currently, there are around 157 days that are officially celebrated at the United Nations Platform. It means these 157 days are approved as official international celebration days. Then there are other international bodies, communities and other forums that introduce and celebrate different days. These bodies include Amnesty International, European Union, Catholic Church and different NGOs celebrating different causes on these international days.  

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International Celebration Days in January 2020

10 January 2020 – World Hindi Day (Hindi Divas)

Where World Hindi Day is celebrated?

BY Indian Government & Public. Due to being an influencing economy and citizens worldwide, this event is largely celebrated internationally.

What is the significance of World Hindi Day?

Celebration of Adopting Hindi as the official language of India

What is the history of World Hindi Day? 

Constitution assembly of 1949 adopted Hindi as the official language

How World Hindi Day is celebrated? 

Local event for language promotion. Presentation of awards by the state to people having contribution in the promotion of languages like in literature, poetry, and journalism. 

21 January 2020 – International Hug Day

Where International Hug Day is celebrated?

It is celebrated in many countries but it is specially celebrated in the USA as a secular event

Significance: Celebrated to encourage people to do more hugging with family and friends to promote more affection. 

History: The first time celebrated on January 21, 1986, in Clio, Michigan, USA. The idea was to promote love and affection for family and friends as American people are generally considered reluctant and embarrassed to show affection in public.

Activities: Hugging with family and friend. There is a caution, you should first inform people about your intention of hugging them.

26 January 2020 – International Customs Day

Where International Customs Day is celebrated?

Observed World Wide

Significance: Custom day is celebrated to appreciate and acknowledge the services of custom officials for securing country’s border and economy. Its purpose is to highlight their job difficulties and creating awareness to provide customs officials with more facilities. 

History: Customs Cooperation Council was established on 26 January 1953. It’s a tradition to celebrate as a remembrance of purpose.

Activities: Workshops and seminars are conducted for awareness purposes. Further employees aware and appreciation ceremonies are also conducted by custom agencies to encourage and motivate employees. 

International Celebration Days in February 2020

04 February 2020 – World Cancer Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: Create awareness of the life-threatening disease of cancer. It further aims to pressurize government bodies to take sufficient steps to prevent this disease.  

History: World cancer day was first observed in 2000 at Paris summit on cancer

Activities: As cancer is growing rapidly worldwide so its awareness campaign has become a global phenomenon. There are multiple activities conducted on this day. One of the important activities is #NoHairSelfie where people support and give courage to cancer patients by shaving their heads.  

14 February 2020 – Valentine Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It has become the world’s largest event to show love and affection.

History: I was originally celebrated as a western religious feast day of St. Valentine. There are different legends associated with this day and St. Valentine. It has now taken a more modern shape and become a more commercial and secular event than a religious one. 

Activities: Valentine’s day has become a commercial event so it is now celebrated worldwide. Valentine parties are celebrated by lovers, friends, and families. Flowers and gifts have become an essential part of this event and red color is largely associated with this day as a symbol of love. 

20 February 2020 – World Day of Social Justice

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It is celebrated to address social issues like poverty, unemployment and exclusion

History: UN decided on 26 November 2007 to celebrate this day to address social issues. This day was first celebrated in 2009. 

Activities: Many NGOs are working worldwide to address the issue of poverty, unemployment and social injustice in the shape of exclusion. Difference awareness campaigns are run through media, workshops, and seminars to remove gender, age, caste, race, disability or any other barrier in the gross welfare of society.

21 February 2020 – International Mother Language Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It is celebrated to promote multilingualism by creating awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity. 

History: This day was approved by the United Nations as International Day of celebration in 2008 although it was suggested by UNESCO on November 17, 1999.

It is celebrated in memory of the Bengali Language Movement of 1952. This day is public holiday in Bangladesh since 1953 and known as “Shohid Dibosh” (Martyr Day).

Activities: Different countries celebrate this day separately. There are conducted themed events at UNESCO Headquarter in Paris. 

27 February 2020 – World NGO Day

Observed: Observed World Wide by at least 89 countries 

Significance: World NGOs Day is celebrated to inspire people to participate more actively in humanitarian activities. 

History: Introduced by 12 member countries of “Council of Baltic Sea States” Forum in 2010. It was later recognized by the United Nations, the European Union and other international organizations in 2014.

Activities: NGOs, NPO and charitable organizations around the globe celebrate this day in the name of humanity to promote charity culture. Different seminars are conducted to make people aware of NGOs activities. 

27 February 2020 – International Polar Bear Day

Observed: Observed in Western Countries and organized by NGO “Polar Bear International” 

Significance & Brief History: Polar Bear is an endangered species due to global warming and reduced ice levels in arctic regions.

It is celebrated to create awareness about reducing the population of Polar Bears due to global warming threats. This day is also gaining importance due to raising the issue to climate change and endangered species. 

Activities: Many Zoos participate in this day celebration to educate people about the affect of climate change on the Polar Bear Population.

International Celebration Days in March 2020 

01 March 2020 – World Compliment Day

Observed: Observed in Many European Countries especially Netherlands, Norway & Belgium.

Significance: Recognition and appreciation is a basic human need. He wants to be acknowledged for their contributions. So this day is celebrated to compliments their role and contribution. 

Brief History: World Compliment Day was introduced in Netherlands by “Poor Poortvliet” in 2001 in an effort to let people know that we are thankful to their good work.

It has gained popularity from then and now celebrated in many European Countries. 

Activities: It is advised to pay a genuine and sincere compliment to at least three people in your surroundings to make that day “Most Positive Day in The World”.

08 March 2020 – International Women Day

Observed: Celebrated World Wide 

Significance: It is celebrated as a global phenomenon in the Women’s Rights Movement.

History: First Women’s day was celebrated in 1909 by the Socialist Party of America on the suggestion of “Theresa Malkiel”. On 8 March, 1917, women gained the right to vote and this day was celebrated as a holiday from then.

In 1975, the United Nations adopted this day as Official International Women’s Day.

Activities: It is celebrated as womanhood in some countries. In other countries, it is celebrated as a protest due to limitations and restrictions on women’s liberty and rights.

We must say that International Women’s Day is the most promoted and celebrated day in the world among all days.

14 March 2020 – International Pie Day

Observed: Largely celebrated in the USA 

Significance: It is an annual celebration of arithmetical constant Pi (π). Pi day is celebrated on 14 March (14 date of 3rd month) due to the fact that 3, 1 and 4 are the first three digits of Pi (π). 

History: The first time officially celebrated in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw at “San Francisco Exploratorium”. US House of representatives recognized it as Official Pie Day on March 14, 2009. 

Activities: It is celebrated by eating Pie and discussing mathematical constant PI. 

20 March 2020 – International Day of Happiness

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: Pursuit of Happiness is ultimate human objective and is a basic human right.  

History: Suggested by UN special advisor Jamie Illien in 2011 to mobilize the global happiness movement, United Nations approved it on June 28, 2012. The international day of happiness was first celebrated on 20 March 2013.

Activities: Different NGOs are working for Global happiness Movement and this day is a large celebration for then. Further, sponsored events and celebrations are conducted under the UN. 

21 March 2020 – World Poetry Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It is celebrated to promote poetry in reading, writing, and publishing. 

History: Poetry Day was approved by UN in 1999 to promote linguistic diversity and provide opportunity to endangered languages to be remembered withing their societies.

Activities: Different countries celebrate this day in different days and in different ways. Poetry classes are conducted for children. Different organizations conduct programs where poets are invited to present their work. 

21 March 2020 – International Day of Forests

Observed: Observed worldwide

Significance: One third of world plantation food is wasted every year. Further global warming is a rising threat. This day is important to make people aware about the importance of plants for humans’ future. 

History: Officially approved by UN on November 28, 2012 and observed for the first time in 2013. Plants are necessary to provide basic resources of human life i.e oxygen and food.

Each year 13 million hectares land is wasted. Global warming and deforestation are becoming international threats so this day was introduced to create awareness.

Activities: Governments and NGOs plant a tree on this day to make people aware.

22 March 2020 – World Water Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: Highlight importance and sustainable provision and management of freshwater. Water is a basic ingredient of the human body and we can not survive without it.

History: Keeping in view scare water resources, its wastage and future shortage, the UN started to celebrate this day in 1993. 

Activities: Each year a different theme is designed by the UN to celebrate this day. Different educational and musical event is conducted for awareness.

Different lobbyists work for fundraising for construction and management of water resources.  

24 March 2020 – World Tuberculosis (TB) Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: Awareness and elimination of this epidemic disease

History: It is one of eight global health campaigns from WHO. 24 March 1882 was the date when the cause of this infection was discovered by scientists. On 100th year in 1982, this day was suggested to be officially celebrated as World Tuberculosis Day.  

Activities: Each year a different theme is designed by the UN to celebrate this day. The different educational and musical event is conducted for awareness. The theme for the year 2018 was “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”.

International Celebration Days in April 2020

01 April 2020 – April Fool Day

Observed: Observed as an informal event world wide

Significance: It is celebrated as a fun day. 

History: Making fool has been a historic phenomenon but its confirm history or origin is not known 

Activities: Small harmless jokes and hoax are made and thrown on some victims. Once captured, victims are exposed by shouting April Fool. Some newspapers publish fake news on this day and on the next day it is revealed. 

02 April 2020 – Autism Awareness Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: Autism is a mental disorder. It is celebrated to raise awareness about disorder and patients.  

History: Officially recognized and approved as International Autism Awareness Day by the UN in 2007. 

Activities: Each year a different theme is designed by the UN to celebrate this day. 2018 theme was “Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”

06 April 2020 – International Sports Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It is celebrated as “International Day of Sport for Development and Peace” under the UN umbrella. Sports are believed to create harmony and peace between nations. 

History: 6 April was decided as International Sports Day in commemoration of first modern-day Olympics games inaugurated at this date on 1896.

Activities: World’s leading sport celebrities participate in different events and programs to promote sports. 

07 April 2020 – World Health Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It is celebrated to raise attention and awareness about the global health issue. It is 

History: It is the top agenda of World Health organization. this day was first observed in 1950. 

Activities: Each year a different theme is designed to celebrate this dayWHO theme for 2018 was “Universal Health Coverage”. Different health campaigns and activities are conducted by health officials and related organizations on this day.

10 April 2020 – International Sibling Day

Observed: Observed World Wide in different dates. USA, UK, India & Australia observe 10 April. European countries observe this day on 31 May.

Significance: It is celebrated to respect and honor relationship of brothers and sisters. There is no doubt that siblings are the most loving relationships after their parents. 

History: USA recognized this day as official in 2005. Europe launched holiday on this day in 2014

Activities: Siblings celebrate this day by sharing cards, gifts and dinners.

11 April 2020 – World Parkinson Day

Observed: Observed largely in Europe

Significance: It is celebrated to raise awareness on Parkinson disease that millions of people are suffering from. Many people do not understand much about this disease until it becomes severe.

History: 11 April is the date of birth of Dr. J Parkinson. He published his famous “Essay on Shaking Palsy” in 1817. His Paper first recognized and defined conditions that later known as Parkinson based on his name.

Activities: Marathon is conducted in many countries on this day to raise public awareness. A hashtag #UniteForParkinson’ is widely used on this day.

15 April 2020 – World Art Day

Observed: Observed by artist community under International Association of Art

Significance: It is celebrated to promote the unique human ability of art 

History: This date is birthday of famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci. This day was approved to be celebrated by the International Association of Art on April 15, 2012. 

Activities: Different activities are conducted like art galleries, special museum hours and events.  

22 April 2020 – World Earth Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It is celebrated to support environmental protection. 

History: This day was first celebrated in 1970 but now it is observed by almost 193 countries. It is coordinated by “Earth Day Network” as world largest environment protection movement.

Main agenda of movement is climate change, plastic pollution, and endangered species.

Activities: This day is celebrated in different ways including energy conservation, plantation, marathon, events, spending day with social welfare organizations and many other.

23 April 2020 – World Book and Copyright Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: It is celebrated to promote reading, writing and publishing of book. Further, Copy-write has always been an issue for writers. This day help create awareness on morality and legal issue of copy right. 

History: This day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995. This date was decided due to its significance. This date is marked as death anniversary of three great writers, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. 

Activities: Writers are given the opportunity to present their work at official conferences and events. People in different countries celebrate World Book Day by sharing and exchanging books.   

25 April 2020 – World Malaria Day

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: This day is for the recognition of efforts made to control Malaria. Malaria cause around 600,000 deaths worldwide annually. This day is among 8 official WHO health days.

History: World Malaria Day was approved by WHO in May 2007. Previously, it was celebrated as African Malaria Day from 2001 because Africa is major victim of malaria. 

Activities: WHO sponsored health activities are conducted. Different awareness events are organized to educate people. WHO theme for year 2018 was “Ready to beat malaria”.

International Celebration Days in May 2020

01 May 2020 – International Labor Day

Observed:  Observed World Wide

Significance:  It is also called Workers day, Labor day or May day and celebrated by labors & working classes. A holiday is generally observed in most countries although the USA & Canada observe labor day on the first Monday of September.

This day has more significance in socialist and communist countries like Chine, Korea, Cuba & former Soviet Union states

History: Originally, this day was celebrated to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Affair that was a strike with a demand to observe an official eight hours work day. Previously, there were no specific work hours limitations and labor had to do 10 to 16 hours work in unsafe conditions.

This strike was bombed by some unknown people that cause causalities of more than 100 people. May 1 was officially recognized as an international labor day in 1989 by The Second International.

Activities:  This day is generally and widely observed as a holiday throughout the work. The same day is celebrated in the USA & Canada but on first Monday of September. Celebration are performed by cake cutting activities in offices, road marches and seminars by Labor Unions.

01 May 2020 – World Law Day

Observed: Observed globally but it’s not a public holiday.

Significance:  In the United States, Law Day is celebrated to help people appreciate their liberties and to encourage their loyalty. It aims to aware people about their legal rights, especially with regard to equality and justice. This day is an opportunity for people to recognize and discuss the role of courts.

History: Law Day initiated in 1957 by American Bar Association President Charles Rhyne when he planned a special day for celebrating the US legal system. In 1961, May 1st was designated by joint resolution of Congress as the official date for celebrating Law Day.

Activities:  Law Day activities may contain: community speeches about the law; fundraising events and tasks; poster and dissertation competitions; and collaborative school lessons and role theatres on lawful themes. To celebrate Law Day, some local bar associations may embrace a luncheon with guest narrators on numerous legal topics relevant to modern society.

3 May 2020 – World Press Freedom Day

Observed:  Global observance but not a public holiday.

Significance: It is an opportunity to give awareness about freedom of expression in all its forms and manifestations that it is a fundamental right of all individuals. Additionally, it gives chance to defend the media from attacks on their independence, and assess the state of press freedom throughout the world. This day reminds people that many journalists brave death or face jail to bring daily news to the public.

History: WPFD was announced by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

Activities:  Many societies, organizations, communities, and individuals take part in this day through several events such as art exhibitions, dinners featuring significant speakers, and awards nights to honor those who risked their lives to bring news to the world.

8-9 May 2020 – Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: World war II, the worst battle in human history was fought in Europe, Russia, North Africa, and Asia. In this war more than 13 million causalities occurred. Most of the deaths occurred immediately from the blast of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

 This day gave world a chance to commemorate the sacrifices that people made during the war.

History:  The UN General Assembly noted in 22 November 2004 held a special conference to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II and declared May 8 and 9 as a time of remembrance and reconciliation.

Activities:  Some organizations, including embassies, arrange different programs to remember soldiers who died fighting for their country. Articles are published in newspapers and magazines to remember holocaust victims and those who died in concentration camps. Some gatherings of relatives who lost their lives during the war are also conducted.

14-15 May 2020 – World Migratory Bird Day (UNEP)

Observed: Observed globally but it’s not a public holiday.

Significance:  WMBD is a global event that helps turn the world’s attention to the phenomena of bird migration and the need for their protection. It also helps to connect the world to safeguard migratory birds for future generations. WMBD works as a network to celebrate an annual awareness campaign emphasizing and highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats.

History: The first World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was launched on the weekend of April 8–9, 2006. On the second weekend each May, people around the world celebrate this day. Each year, the total number of registered (WMBD) events has progressively improved along with the number of countries in which these events happened.

Activities:  World Migratory Bird Day activities may contain: public events such as bird festivals, education programs, awareness-raising campaigns and bird-watching excursions organized by different communities.

15 May 2020 – International Day of Families

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues related to families. This day was a response to altering families’ structure by social and economic perspectives, which have affected and still affect the stability and decorum of family units in many states of the globe.

History:  In 1994 United Nations declared May 15 as the International Day of Families. 

Activities:  International families’ day activities may contain: public events such as workshops, conferences, newspaper articles, radio and television programs highlighting relevant themes, public awareness campaigns, educational sessions for children and young people, exhibitions and organized discussions to raise awareness of the issues of families.

17 May 2020 – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (ITU)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  The purpose of this day is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the internet and other information and communication technologies could bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

History:  World Telecommunication Day, which was first held in 1969, was celebrated on May 17 by people and organizations such as ITU.

Activities:  World Information Society Day activities may contain: public events such as workshops, conferences, newspaper articles, radio and television programs highlighting the power of information and communication. UNESCO actively takes part in the day by engaging people to involve in various activities to promote the awareness of information and communication to build societies in which they can create, access, use and share information and knowledge to attain their full potential.

21 May 2020 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day tends to be a symbol of harmony, peace and happiness, and specifically the absence of violence and war. Cultural diversity is dedicated as a mean of economic, intellectual, moral, emotional and spiritual development in world.

History:  This day was first observed in 2003. At the end of the year 2002, on December 20, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

 Activities:  Various events are organized to aware people about cultural diversity, activities may contain: Conferences for professionals, Campaigns to create awareness of cultural values and the need to preserve them, Educational programs for children and youth. Official organizations and cultural groups launch exhibitions to help people recognize the history of various cultural groups and the impact on their own identities.

22 May 2020 – International Day for Biological Diversity

Observed: Observed globally but it’s not a public holiday.

Significance: The purpose of this day is to aware people about the influence of biodiversity and well ecosystems on our health, nutrition system, oxygen for breathing, and balanced lifestyle.

History: TheInternational Day for Biological Diversity was first established by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late December 29, 1993. This was later changed to 22 May in 2001 due to too many winter holidays in December.

Activities:  Each year a theme is selected to educate the world about Biological Diversity issues and their solutions. Activities of this day may contain: Exhibitions and seminars, Presentations to preserve endangered Species, planting trees, distributing information on biodiversity via electric media and by translating booklets into local language for better understanding.

29 May 2020 – International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: International Day of UN Peacekeepers is a tribute to remember sacrifices of those people who serve or served UN peacekeeping operations. UN Peacekeeping helps to solve conflicts of its host courtiers, and open the paths for normal development, and proven to be one of the most effective force for making this world a peaceful place. 

History:  On December 11, 2002, the UN General assembly nominated May 29 as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The day was first witnessed on May 29, 2003.

Activities:  International Day of UN Peacekeepers activities may contain: Presentations, Awards and medals distribution ceremonies for military and police officers who are peacekeepers, exhibitions on the work of UN peacekeepers, Memorial services for those who died in peace keeping missions.

31 May 2020 – World No-Tobacco Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  The aim of this day is to draw attention to the health problems that tobacco use can cause.

 History: This event has been observed each year since 1989. The World Health Organization passed a resolution calling for May 31 to be yearly known as World No-Tobacco Day, on May 17, 1989.

 Activities:  World No-Tobacco Day activities may contain:  Public marches often with vivid banners, electric media advertising campaigns, Meetings for anti-tobacco activists, and public seminars to encourage people to stop smoking.

Themes: The themes of World No-Tobacco Day have been

  • 2011 – The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
  • 2010 – Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women
  • 2009 – Tobacco health warnings
  • 2008 – Tobacco-free youth
  • 2007 – Smoke free inside
  • 2006 – Tobacco: deadly in any form or disguise
  • 2005 – Health professionals against tobacco
  • 2004 – Tobacco and poverty, a vicious circle
  • 2003 – Tobacco free film, tobacco free fashion
  • 2002 – Tobacco free sports
  • 2001 – Second-hand smoke kills
  • 2000 – Tobacco kills, don’t be duped

International Celebration Days in June 2020

4 June 2020 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance:  The purpose of this day is to admit and spread awareness about the pain suffered by innocent children all over the world who are the victims of psychological, physical and emotional abuse.

History:  The General Assembly decided to commemorate June 4 of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, in 19 August 1982, during its emergency special session, because of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression.

Activities:   Many individuals and organizations are functioning to protect and preserve the rights of children. For example, the Global Movement for Children is an inspiring force for revolution that involves ordinary people and families worldwide. People learn from or take part in awareness campaigns to alert the impact of monstrosity of abuse on innocent children.

5 June 2020 – World Environment Day (UNEP)

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance: The purpose of this day is to improve political attention and act towards improving the environment. This day provides an opportunity to spread awareness among common people about influences of a clean environment on the daily life of all living beings.

History: United Nations General Assembly decided to commemorate June 5 of each year as the World Environment Day, in 1972, during the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Activities: World Environment Day activities may contain: clean-up campaigns, as well as seminars, tree planting, distributing information on influences of clean ecosystem via electric media and by street rallies and parades. Many organizations actively take part to encourage people to make their nearby atmospheres safe and hygienic to enjoy harmless, fresh and more prosperous future.

8 June 2020 – World Oceans Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the vital role the sea plays as sources of clean ecosystem, oxygen, food, medicine and energy in form of wave power.

History: World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 but officially recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 2008 and is observed on June 8 each year.

Activities:  Numerous events are held around the world to mark World Oceans Day. Activities of this day may include: photo contests, demonstrations and fossil hunting walks. Many organizations actively take part to encourage people to make their nearby oceans safe and clean to enjoy harmless, fresh and more useful benefits of natural assets.

12 June 2020 – World Day Against Child Labor (ILO)

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance:  The purpose of this day is to highlight and spread awareness about the plight of child laborers and measures to help them.

History:  The International Labor Organization (ILO) decided to celebrate, June 12, of each year as the World Day Against Child Labor, in 2002 To combat child labor around the world.

Activities:   This day activities may include: discussions and debates to highlight the difficulty of child laborers and actions to comfort them. Many child protection and welfare bureau, government employers and workers, organizations, civil society as well as millions of people take part in awareness campaigns to alert the impact of labor work on innocent children.

14 June 2020 – World Blood Donor Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide

Significance:  The purpose of this day is to highlight and spread awareness of the blood problems as the safe blood supplies are a scare product, especially in developing nations. This day provide an opportunity to motivate and thank donors worldwide.

History:   This day first time observed in 1868.  “Karl Landsteiner” created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions. This day is celebrated on his birthday on June 14 each year worldwide.

Activities:   Many events are held around the world to mark World Blood Donor Day. This day activities may include: football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. Many blood donation societies, government employers and workers, organizations as well as millions of people take part in awareness campaigns to alert the impact and need for regular blood donations for saving lives.

 17 June 2020 – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: The purpose of this day is to highlight the urgent need to control the desertification process. It also helps to support the drylands issue and its undeniable impact on global problems such as nutrition source, poverty and climate change on the international environmental agenda.

History: In December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

Activities:  Activities of this day may include: distribution of awareness-raising materials, such as fact sheets, calendars, posters, and postcards, to educational institutions and the general public. Individuals and organizations in various countries, run different campaigns to create awareness among common people.  Many countries have been making a progressive effort in proactively addressing the issue and looking for solutions.

20 June 2020 – World Refugee Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: The purpose of this day is a tribute to bravery, strength, and willpower of women, men and children who are forced to escape their homeland under threat of oppression, war, and violence.

History: In June 2001, The United Nations General Assembly declared June 20, The World Refugee Day. This day was nominated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to bring attention to the difficulty of approximately 14 million refugees around the world.

Activities:  World Refugee Day is celebrated in many ways. Activities of this day can range from a simple celebration to a multiple-day event full of activities, games, Screenings of films, panel discussions and appeals to governments on the treatment of asylum seekers in detention. Many organizations and civil workers visit refuge seekers in detention to offer moral support.

23 June 2020 – United Nations Public Service Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: The purpose of this day is to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community. It is an opportunity to highlight the contribution of public service in the development process and pay tribute to public servants.

History: On December 20, 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 23 of each year as United Nations Public Service Day (resolution 57/277).

Activities:  United Nations Public Service Day activities can range from a simple celebration to several events full of activities, information desks, organized lunches with guest speakers, awards ceremonies to reward the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions worldwide.

23 June – International Widow’s Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  The purpose of this day is to admit and spread awareness about the pain suffered by widows and provide education, healthcare facilities, develop resources and strategies to empower them. So, that they can live violence and abuse-free life with honor and dignity.

History:  International Widows’ Day was originated by the Loomba Foundation in 2005. It is observed annually on 23 June worldwide.

Activities: Many individuals and organizations are functioning to protect and preserve the rights of widows and encourage people to work towards the rights for widows, highlighting the issues that women face, violence, discrimination, and poverty suffered by the widows. People make donations to charities or sponsor a widow on her children, and help them go to school.

25 June 2020 – Day of the Seafarer (IMO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day is a tribute to seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and the civil society, and for the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs. Its main role is to create a supervisory agenda for the shipping industry that is reasonable and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

History:  In 2010, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), decided to nominate June 25th as the International Day of the Seafarer. The first edition of the Day of the Seafarers was observed in 2011.

Activities:  International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates this day online, calling for the public to use electric and social media, to express their support for seafarers and to acknowledge them for their effort.

26 June 2020 – International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: This day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by the Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. It also reminds us that many people affected by drug use and drug trafficking.

History:  In December 1987, the UN General Assembly decided to observe, June 26, as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Activities: This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world. Activities may include: public marches often with vivid banners, electric media advertising campaigns, Meetings for anti-drug activists, and public seminars to encourage people to spread awareness about impacts of drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

26 June 2020 – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day serves as a reminder to people that any kind of torture is a crime. It helps to boost people’s awareness of issues related to human cruelty.

History:  The first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held by the United Nations General Assembly, on June 26, 1998.

Activities: This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world. Activities may include: public marches often with vivid banners, electric media advertising campaigns, and public seminars to encourage people to spread awareness about the impacts of human torture in a healthy society.

International Celebration Days in May 2020

First Saturday in July 2020 – International Day of Cooperatives

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day serves as a reminder to people that any kind of torture is a crime. It helps to boost people’s awareness of issues related to human cruelty.

History:  On December 16, 1992 – the UN General Assembly declared the first Saturday of July 1995 as the International Day of Cooperatives.

Activities: International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated in many ways. Its activities may include meetings with government officials, electric media advertising, contests, fairs, exhibitions, campaigns, and sponsored cultural events such as theatres and concerts, translation of messages from the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the UN into local languages for worldwide distribution.

11 July 2020 – World Population Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to boost people’s awareness about the growing population issues and urgency of family planning. This day focuses on the significance of reproductive health and how it affects overall development and growth strategies and programs.

History:  World Population Day was established in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987.

Activities: This day is supported by individuals, business groups and various organizations all over the world. Activities may include:  electric media advertising campaigns, workshops, debates, and public seminars to encourage people to spread awareness about impacts of various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, and human rights.

18 July 2020 – Nelson Mandela International Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day serves as a reminder to honor the contributions of Mandela to the culture of peace, human right, reconciliation and freedom globally.

History:  The first Mandela Day was launched in New York by the United Nations General Assembly, on July 18, 2009. He is one of the most well-known anti-apartheid activists in South Africa.

Activities: Numerous events are held around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. Activities may include: public seminars to honor Nelson Mandela’s works and to promote the different projects that were inspired by Mandela’s achievements. Mandela Day also celebrates a campaign known as “46664”, in reference to Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison number. The efforts from Mandela Day support the campaign’s ongoing work and other Nelson Mandela charitable organizations.

28 July 2020 – World Hepatitis Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This helps to boost people’s awareness about the disease hepatitis and how it spread. According to the World Hepatitis Alliance, about 500 million people are currently diseased with chronic hepatitis B or C.

History:  The World Hepatitis Alliance first declared World Hepatitis Day in 2008. Following on, the UN declared official recognition of this event in 2010. This is observed on July 28, each year globally.

Activities: This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations such as the United Nations and the World Hepatitis Alliance all over the world. Activities may include: public marches often with vivid banners, electric media advertising campaigns, and public seminars to encourage people to spread awareness about causes of chronic hepatitis.

International Celebration Days in August 2020

9 August 2020 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This day also serves as a reminder to recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental progress and safety.

History:  The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is celebrated on August 9 each year to recognize the first UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations meeting in Geneva in 1982.

Activities: This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world. Activities may include: public marches often with vivid banners, electric media advertising campaigns to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous peoples, and public seminars to encourage people to spread awareness about the UN’s message on indigenous peoples.

12 August 2020 – International Youth Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day serves as a tribute to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in improving global society. It also helps to boost their energy and skills in a positive way. This day also aims to promote ways to involve them in becoming more enthusiastically involved in making progressive contributions to their societies.

History:   In 1998 a resolution proclaiming August 12 as International Youth Day was adopted during the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth.

 Activities:  This day is celebrated through events, seminars and programs from an international to a local level. Activities of this day may include: youth conferences on issues such as education and employment, concerts promoting the world’s youth and provide them motivation and recognition to utilize their skills and abilities for the prosperity of their society. Some organizations arrange seminars to focus youth’s attention on particular issues like HIV/AIDS.

19 August 2020 – World Humanitarian Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to honor all humanitarians who have functioned in the promotion of the humanitarian cause, and those who have lost their lives in the cause of responsibility. It helps to boost people’s awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the significance of international cooperation.

History:  World Humanitarian Day was recognized by the General Assembly of the UN in December 2008, and was first observed in August 2009.

Activities: Many activities and events take place around the globe on World Humanitarian Day.  Events may include:  electric media advertising campaigns to increase the importance of humanitarians by distributing publicity and information material. For the year 2010 and beyond, it is anticipated that World Humanitarian Day will focus on particular humanitarian themes to help increase public awareness.

23 August 2020 – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (UNESCO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods, and the consequences of slave trade.

History:  The first International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (UNESCO) was held by the United Nations General Assembly, in August 23, 1999.

Activities:  Many organizations, including youth associations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, actively take part in the event to train people about the harmful impacts of slave trade. Cultural organizations, theatre companies, musicians, and artists take part on this day by showing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance, and drama. The UN involves people all over the world, including instructors, scholars, and artists, to arrange events that focus on the theme of this day.

29 August 2020 – International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to promote people’s awareness about the need for a nuclear weapon-free world and education about the impacts of global nuclear weapon tests. The day aims to end nuclear testing and to promote peace and security.

History:   The International Day against Nuclear Tests was declared to be annually held on August 29, which marks the closing of one of the world’s largest nuclear test sites (in Kazakhstan) in 1991.

Activities:  Many individuals, communities and various organizations use this day as an opportunity to share their perspective on the issue and dangers involved with nuclear weapons testing and usage. Activities may include: public seminars and campaigns to encourage people to spread awareness on the need to prevent nuclear catastrophes to avert devastating effects on humankind, the environment and the planet.

30 August 2020 – International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to promote people’s awareness about the victims of enforced disappearances and the impact that these disappearances have on their families and communities.

History:   In December 2010, the UN officially declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 each year, starting from 2011.

Activities:  This day is supported by individuals and various organizations such as UN Amnesty International all over the world. Activities may include: Seminars and campaigns are held by many activists, they play an active role in raising awareness that enforced disappearance is a crime and should not be used as a tool to deal with situations of conflict.

International Celebration Days in September 2020

8 September 2020 – International Literacy Day (UNESCO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to promote people’s awareness about the significance of literacy for healthy societies and the impacts of low literacy on development of nations.

History:  The UN General Assembly proclaimed a 10-year period beginning on January 1, 2003, as the United Nations Literacy Decade. This day was first celebrated on September 8, 1966.

Activities:  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to raises people’s awareness about the importance of literacy for strong societies. Other activities include literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and literature, which are promoted by many organizations including reading associations, and letters to the editor in newspapers about the concerns for low literacy levels, have occurred as a result of this increased awareness.

10 September 2020 – World Suicide Prevention Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to raise awareness that suicide is avoidable, improve education about rashness and decrease stigmatization regarding suicide.

History:   World Suicide Prevention Day, which first started in 2003, is annually held on September 10 each year as an IASP initiative. WHO co-sponsors this event.

Activities:  Events of this day may include: the launch of new government initiatives to prevent suicide, conferences, open days, educational seminars or public lectures, media programs promoting suicide awareness and prevention, organizing cultural or spiritual events, fairs or exhibitions, launches of publications about suicide causes and preventions, and training courses about suicide and depression awareness.

15 September 2020 – International Day of Democracy

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to promote people’s awareness about democracy, freedom of expression and a tolerant culture.

History:  The International Day of Democracy was first celebrated in September 15,2008 by UN general assembly.

Activities:  Many people and organizations worldwide, including government agencies and non-government organizations, hold various initiatives to promote democracy on the International Day of Democracy. Events and activities include discussions, seminars and press conferences involving keynote speakers, often those who are leaders or educators greatly involved in supporting and endorsing democratic governments and communities.

Leaflets, posters and flyers are placed in universities, public buildings, and places where people can learn more about democracy. Organizations, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), organize activities such as public opinion surveys about democracy and political tolerance.

16 September 2020 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This event honors the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. This day aims to boost people’s awareness about the climate change and ozone layer depletion.

History:  On December 19, 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed September 16 to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

Activities:  Events and activities include debates, seminars and press conferences that focus on topics related to the ozone layer, ozone depletion and climate change. Other activities that are organized by different community groups across the world include: the promotion of ozone-friendly products, the sharing of the UNEP’s public awareness posters and the distribution of awards to those who worked hard to protect the Earth’s ozone layer.

21 September 2020 – International Day of Peace

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day is a tribute to remember sacrifices of those people who serve or served to end conflict and promote peace. It helps to promote people’s awareness about the influences of a peaceful world on human beings.

History:   The first Peace Day was celebrated by UN General Assembly in 1982 and was held on the third Tuesday of September each year until 2002, when September 21 became the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

Activities:  Organizations such as Roots & Shoots, an international environmental and humanitarian program for youth, show their support for the event on an annual basis. Events may include: interfaith peace ceremonies, a peace choir and toast, lighting candles, a peace convoy of vehicles, art exhibitions and peace walks. Some groups observe a minute of silence at noon in every time zone across the world on Peace Day.

27 September 2020 – World Tourism Day (UNWTO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to promote awareness among the international community about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

History:   The UNWTO decided in late September 1979 to institute World Tourism Day, which was first celebrated on September 27, 1980.

Activities:  Many tourism enterprises and organizations, as well as government agencies with a special interest in tourism, celebrate the event with various special events and festivities. Activities may include: photo competitions, picnics, travelling, tourism award presentations and special offers on tours and fares for the general public to any site of tourism interest to promote their region and World Tourism Day.

28 September 2020 – World rabies Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to promote awareness among the international community about rabies and bring together partners to improve prevention and control efforts worldwide.

History:   28 September is World Rabies Day 28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.

Activities:  Many communities and organizations around the world, actively promote several activities and events such as media kits, including posters, leaflets, and press releases, to increase awareness about rabies and preventing the infection. Conferences are also held on or around this time of the year to honor researchers who were pioneers in finding a rabies vaccination. Some associations and clinics offer free pet vaccinations and some organizations host competitions, such as t-shirt design contests to promote the event’s message.

Last Week in September 2020 – World Maritime Day (IMO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to promote a special message from the IMO’s secretary-general to promote the importance of shipping security, maritime safety and the marine environment.

History:   World Maritime Day was first held on March 17, 1978 to mark the date of the IMO Convention’s entry into force in 1958.

Activities:  This day is supported by individuals, communities, various maritime organizations and unions all over the world. They arrange seminars to promote the importance of shipping safety and security. These activities and events range from conferences to luncheons, as well as school programs that focus on the day. Some schools may organize a trip to a maritime museum so students can understand the significance of the maritime industry in shaping world history and its significance in world trade.

Last Sunday in September 2020 – World Heart Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to promote people’s awareness about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death and preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

History:   Initially, World Heart Day was observed on the last Sunday of September. In 2011, September 29th became World Heart Day.

Activities:  Numerous activities are done to mark this day, in partnership with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health. They organize awareness events in more than 100 countries. Activities may include: Exhibitions, fun runs, Health checks, Public talks and science forums, Stage shows and concerts, and Sports events including walks runs and fitness sessions.

Significance:  This day is a tribute to remember sacrifices of those people who serve or served to end conflict and promote peace. It helps to promote people’s awareness about the influences of a peaceful world on human beings.

International Celebration Days in October 2020

2 October 2020 – International Day of Non-Violence

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  The day aims to spread the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness, around the world.

History:   The UN General Assembly came up with a resolution in 2007 to establish the International Day of Non-Violence. The first International Day of Non-Violence was observed on October 2, 2007.

Activities:   Many people, governments, and non-government organizations around the world observe the International Day of Non-Violence through various events and activities such as: multi-faith prayer meetings, street awareness campaigns, news articles and broadcast announcements promoting the day, photo exhibitions highlighting issues, such as the dangers of the illicit trade of small arms, light ceremonies promoting non-violence and peace, and public lectures, seminars, discussions, and press conferences about non-violence.

5 October 2020 – World Teachers Day (UNESCO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: This day serves as a tribute to recognize efforts and role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. This enables children and adults of all ages to learn to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society.

History:   On October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers’ Day was held by UNESCO.

Activities:   Numerous events are arranged in many countries around the world to mark this day. These include celebrations to honor teachers in general or those who have made a special contribution to a particular community. Activities may include: Seminars and Conferences highlighting the importance of teachers and learning, additional training sessions for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession among university students or other suitably qualified professionals and events to upgrade the profile of teachers and the role they play in the media.

First Monday in October 2020 – World Habitat Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future next generations.

History:   The UN’s World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986. This annual event is held on the first Monday of October with a new theme each year.

Previous themes included:

  • “Shelter for the Homeless” (1987)
  • “Our Neighbourhood” (1995)
  • “Future Cities” (1997)
  • “Safer Cities” (1998)
  • “Women in Urban Governance” (2000)
  • “Cities without Slums” (2001)
  • “Water and Sanitation for Cities” (2003)

Activities:   World Habitat Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, events can range from a simple celebration to a several actions full of activities to examine the problems of rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment and human poverty. Awards ceremonies are also held on or around this time of the year, including the “Habitat Scroll of Honor” award.

9 October 2020 – World Post Day (UPU)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance: This day aims to create and maintain a structure for the free flow of international mail around the world.

History:   World Post day happens each year on October 9, the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union, which started in 1874 in Switzerland.

Activities:   In many international organizations and countries, high ranking officials or ministers make speeches or issue proclamations on the history or achievements of national or international postal services. Special lessons on these topics may be organized for school youngsters and the postal services and their employees may receive special training or recognition and attention in the media. In addition, postal services may issue special postage stamps to celebrate the standards, history or achievements of the national postal service on or around World Post Day. These are prized by stamp collectors and philatelists (people who study stamps).

Second Thursday in October 2020 – World Sight Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to focuses on bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment.

History:   Lions Clubs International joined with blindness prevention organizations worldwide to celebrate the first World Sight Day on October 8, 1998.

Activities:   Many communities, associations, and non-government organizations work together with WHO and IAPB to promote the day. Activates may include: Seminars and conferences to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. These events arrange to influence governments, particularly health ministers, to contribute in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programs, and to educate target audiences about blindness prevention, about VISION 2020 and its activities, and to generate support for VISION 2020 program activities.

10 October 2020 – World Mental Health Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide. It also helps to promote open discussions on illnesses, as well as investments in prevention and treatment services.

History:   World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992.

Activities:   World Mental Health Day is witnessed in more than 100 countries through native, regional and national World Mental Health Day memorial events and programs. Activities may include: Public service broadcasts, Officials signing the World Mental Health Day proclamation, Educational lectures and the distribution of research papers on mental health issues, Photo exhibitions highlighting mental health issues, Awards to individuals or organizations who made significant contributions in improving mental health issues.

13 October 2020 – International Day for Disaster Reduction

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to raise the profile of disaster risk reduction. It also encourages individuals and governments to participate in building more resilient societies and nations.

History:   On December 22, 1989, the UN General Assembly nominated the second Wednesday of October as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction.

Activities:  Individuals, Governments and Societies take part in the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction through various events. Activities to mark this day around the globe may include: media broadcasts about launches for campaigns that center on the day’s theme, art and exhibitions, drama, dissertation or photography competitions that focus on making people aware of natural disaster reduction and increasing their preparedness for such circumstances, community tree planting, fairs and seminars, conferences, and street parades.

15 October 2020 – International Day of Rural Women

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to honor the role of rural women. It recognizes rural women’s importance in improving agricultural and rural development and growth worldwide.

History:  The first International Day of Rural Women was witnessed on October 15, 2008.

Activities:  Many people, government agencies, community groups and non-government associations celebrate this day to honor the rural women worldwide. Activities may include: Expos and workshops showcasing rural women’s contribution to their cultures, Global exchange programs for women in agriculture, Strategic conferences and seminars to present issues on topics; such as empowering female farmers, to policy makers, and the launch of fundraising projects to support rural women

16 October 2020 – World food Day (FAO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to raise people’s awareness of problems in food supply and distribution. The main purpose of World Food Day is to promote food security and eradication of hunger across states and nations.

History:  The first International World Food Day (WFD) was witnessed by the United Nations on October 16, 1945.

Activities:  Many events are organized on and around World Food Day. Activities may include: symposia, conferences, workshops and presentations of particular issues around food production, distribution and security. Across the globe, many different events are organized to raise awareness of difficulties in food supply and distribution and to raise money to support projects to aid in the cultivation of food plants and the distribution of food. These projects aim to help farmers be more productive and improve both local communities’ access to food and farmers’ cash income.

17 October 2020 – International Day of the Eradication of Poverty

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

History:  The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year since 1993.

Activities:  Numerous non-government organizations and community charities support the Day for the Eradication of Poverty by actively calling for country leaders and governments to make the fight against poverty a central part of foreign policy. Other activities may include: campaigns and seminars, signing “Call to action” petitions, electronic media broadcasts, organizing concerts and cultural events, art exhibitions, and holding interfaith gatherings that may include a moment of silence.

24 October 2020 – World Development Information Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to draw the attention to worldwide public opinion on development issues and the need to support international cooperation to resolve them.

History:  World Development Information Day was first held on October 24, 1973.

Activities:  Many events are organized to focus consideration on the work that the UN does, particularly with regard to problems of trade and development. These may use advertisements in newspapers and on radio and television as well as posters in public places.

Here’s a look at the 17 Sustainable Development Goals the official page of the UN has informed:

  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Partnerships for the goals

24 October 2020 – United Nations Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day highlights, celebrates and reflects on the work of the United Nations (UN) and its family of specialized agencies.

History:  United Nations Day was first witnessed on October 24, 1948.

Activities:  The UN does not work alone but together with many specialized agencies, including:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Many activities are organized by all parts of the UN, particularly in the head offices in New York, Geneva (Switzerland), The Hague (Netherlands), Vienna (Austria) and Nairobi (Kenya). These include: concerts; flying the UN flag on important buildings; debates on the relevance of the work of the UN in modern times; and proclamations by state heads and other leaders.

27 October 2020 – World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (UNESCO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to build global awareness of problems on preserving audiovisual material, such as sound recordings and moving images.

History:  The first World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was confirmed by UNESCO general conference on October 27, 2007.

Activities: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with organizations, governments, and societies to support World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. Events may include local programs organized as a joint effort between national film archives, audiovisual communities, television or radio stations, and governments. Competitions, such as a logo contest, to promote the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Special film screenings and Panel debates, conferences, and public meetings on the significance of preserving important audiovisual documents.

International Celebration Days in November 2020

6 November 2020 – International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to educate people about the harmful effects of war and armed conflict on the environment.

History:   On November 5, 2001, the UN General Assembly acknowledged November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (resolution 56/4).

Activities:   Many people around the world, including government officials, scientists, journalists, educators, and business people, celebrate this day. Activates may include: Seminars, dialogues, speeches, news articles, radio discussions, and classroom activities in schools that focus on the topic are some of the events that take place on this day. People learn and share information about the hazards of new technologies in war such as depleted uranium ammunition, which poses unknown threats to the environment. People around the world are also made aware that all efforts must be taken to limit environmental destruction caused by conflict.

10 November 2020 – World Science Day for Peace and Development

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide.  

History:   On November 10, 2001, UNESCO established the WSDPD through a proclamation at a general conference.  The day was first celebrated on November 10, 2002 and has been held annually on November 10 since then.

Activities:   The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with people, government agencies and organizations to promote the WSDPD each year. Activities may include: Classroom discussions to highlight how science and technology affect daily life, planed science museum visits to honor the day, open days to highlight science’s significant role in peace and development, visits to local schools on careers in science or scientific demonstrations, Distributing the WSDPD posters throughout tertiary institutions, school campuses, and public venues.

14 November 2020 – World Diabetes Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to increase an awareness of the effects of diabetes and the complications caused by the disease.

History:   On December 20, 2006, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution to designate November 14 as World Diabetes Day. It was first celebrated on November 14, 2007, and is observed annually.

Activities:   This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world. Activities may include: Conferences, workshops and seminars for health and public policy specialists, bike races to raise awareness of diabetes, distribution of information to encourage at risk individuals to be screened for diabetes, events to highlight diabetes in native and national media, including television, newspapers and Internet publications. The distribution of geocoins for use in geocaching (a game for global positioning systems users).

16 November 2020 – International Day for Tolerance

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day helps to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to support them understand the damaging effects of intolerance.

History:   In 1996 the UN General Assembly invited member states to observe the International Day for Tolerance on November 16.

Activities:   Many educators use the theme of this day to support pupils in classrooms or in lecture theatres understand problems centered on tolerance, human rights and non-violence. These issues are also found in text books, lesson material and other informative resources used for this event. Other activities may include: Conferences, workshops and seminars to raise people’s awareness about the importance of tolerance, events to highlight effects of tolerance in native and national media, including television, newspapers and Internet publications, and dissertations, discussions and story-telling of people’s individual accounts of intolerance and how it affects their lives.

17 November 2020 – World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to boost people’s understanding of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and advocate for better care for patients.

History:   The first World COPD Day was held in 2002.

Activities:  The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the United Nations’ (UN) directing and coordinating authority for health, to promote World COPD Day. Activities may include: outpatient education sessions on quitting smoking, COPD care days involving planned appointments and counseling meetings, talk show radio programs on dealing with COPD, educational evenings for COPD patients and the general public, bus tours that native physicians organize to bring COPD education and management in remote areas, free pulmonary function tests, and openings for COPD education or health clinics.

20 November 2020 – Universal Children’s Day

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide.

History:   On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and celebrated first Universal Children’s Day.

Activities:  Many schools and other educational institutions make a special effort to update children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Activities may include: Conferences, workshops and seminars to raise people’s awareness about the importance of their rights, teachers stimulate their students to think about the differences between themselves and others and clarify the idea of “rights”, events to highlight basic children’s rights in native and national media, including television, newspapers and Internet publications, and dissertations, discussions and story-telling of people’s individual accounts of children’s rights and how it affects their lives.

Third Sunday in November 2020 – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WHO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to remember those who died or were injured from road crashes and the dilemma of their loved ones who must deal with the penalties of their deaths or injuries.

History:   The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was first observed by RoadPeace in 1993.

Activities:   These activities may include: media campaigns and coverage, seminars and conferences, websites dedicated to the day, information distribution via the internet, posters and leaflets, DVD exhibitions on road traffic crashes, celebrity involvement, promotion messages from world leaders, sessions and workshops, moments of silence, presentations and displays of photographs of injuries and road crash scenes, and walks or marches. These activities happen in many nations in nearly every continent.

Third Thursday in November 2020 – World Philosophy Day (UNESCO)

Observed: Observed World Wide.

Significance:  This day aims to honor philosophical reflections around the world. It is a day for individuals to share views, openly discover and discuss new thoughts and motivate public debate or discussion on society’s challenges.

History:   World Philosophy Day was observed for the first time in November 2002 by UNESCO.

Activities:   This day is celebrated through events, seminars, and programs from an international to a local level. Activities of this day may include Philosophical dialogues, debates, lectures, and consultations involving famous philosophers, philosophy cafes, and exhibitions and philosophy book fairs. Many International sessions and conferences are held on philosophical topics such as the connection between philosophy, education and culture around the world.

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