International Days

International Days

These are the international days currently observed by the United Nations.  New international days are established regularly.  The resolution establishing each international day is listed in parenthesis.


27 January

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust


4 February

World Cancer Day

6 February

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

13 February

World Radio Day

20 February

World Day of Social Justice   

21 February

International Mother Language Day 


1 March

Zero Discrimination Day

3 March

World Wildlife Day  

8 March

International Women's Day

20 March

International Day of Happiness  

21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  

21 March

World Poetry Day 

21 March

International Day of Nowruz  

21 March

World Down Syndrome Day 

21 March

International Day of Forests  

22 March

World Water Day  

23 March

World Meteorological Day

24 March

World Tuberculosis Day  

24 March

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims 

25 March

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade  

25 March

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members


2 April

World Autism Awareness Day 

4 April

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 

6 April

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace  

7 April

International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

7 April

World Health Day  

12 April

International Day of Human Space Flight 

22 April

International Mother Earth Day 

23 April

World Book and Copyright Day  (Resolution 3.18 of the 28th session of the UNESCO General Conference)

23 April

English Language Day 

24 - 30 April

World Immunization Week 

25 April

World Malaria Day 

26 April

World Intellectual Property Day [

28 April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

29 April

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

30 April

International Jazz Day


3 May

World Press Freedom Day

8-9 May

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War  (A/RES/59/26)

9-10 May

World Migratory Bird Day  

15 May

International Day of Families  

17 May

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 

21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 

22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity 

23 May

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 

29 May

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

31 May

World No-Tobacco Day  


1 June

Global Day of Parents

1 June

"Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon

4 June

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 June

World Environment Day

6 June

Russian Language Day at the UN  (in Russian)

8 June

World Oceans Day  

12 June

World Day Against Child Labour

13 June

International Albinism Awareness Day 

14 June

World Blood Donor Day  

15 June

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day  

17 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought   

20 June

World Refugee Day  

21 June

International Day of Yoga 

23 June

United Nations Public Service Day  

23 June

International Widows' Day 

25 June

Day of the Seafarer 

26 June

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 

26 June

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 


4 July (first Saturday in July)

International Day of Cooperatives 

11 July

World Population Day 

15 July

World Youth Skills Day

18 July

Nelson Mandela International Day 

28 July

World Hepatitis Day 

30 July

International Day of Friendship 

30 July

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 


9 August

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 

12 August

International Youth Day  

19 August

World Humanitarian Day  

23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition  [UNESCO]  (Decision 8.2 of the 150th session of the UNESCO Executive Board)

29 August

International Day against Nuclear Tests   

30 August

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances  


5 September

International Day of Charity 

8 September

International Literacy Day 

12 September

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation 

15 September

International Day of Democracy  

16 September

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer  

21 September

International Day of Peace 

25 September (last week of September)

World Maritime Day 

26 September

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

27 September

World Tourism Day


1 October

International Day of Older Persons 

2 October

International Day of Non-Violence 

5 October

World Teachers’ Day 

5 October (first Monday in October)

World Habitat Day

9 October

World Post Day 

10 October

World Mental Health Day 

11 October

International Day of the Girl Child  

13 October

International Day for Disaster Reduction  

15 October

International Day of Rural Women  

16 October

World Food Day  

17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

24 October

United Nations Day

24 October

World Development Information Day

27 October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage  

31 October

World Cities Day 


2 November

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

6 November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict  

10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development

14 November

World Diabetes Day 

15 November (third Sunday in November)

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 

16 November

International Day for Tolerance  

19 November

World Toilet Day 

19 November (third Thursday in November)

World Philosophy Day

20 November

Africa Industrialization Day

20 November

Universal Children’s Day

21 November

World Television Day 

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 

29 November

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 


1 December

World AIDS Day

2 December

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

5 December

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 

5 December

World Soil Day

7 December

International Civil Aviation Day

9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day  

10 December

Human Rights Day 

11 December

International Mountain Day 

18 December

International Migrants Day

20 December

International Human Solidarity Day 

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