The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of "International Days" to mark important aspects of human life and history (the comprehensive list of all days celebrated by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies is available here: International Days).
United Nations Specialized Agencies, including UNESCO, can also proclaim World Days. In this case, the proclamation of international days depends on their governing bodies and internal regulations only.
UNESCO thus celebrates UN International Days related to its fields of competence, in addition to the other World Days, proclaimed by the Organization's governing bodies or other institutions.
The list of official messages by the Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Days with which UNESCO is associated is available here.
International Days observed at UNESCO
|15 September 2018||International Day of Democracy|
|20 September 2018||International Day of University Sport|
|21 September 2018||International Day of Peace|
|28 September 2018||International Day for Universal Access to Information|
|05 October 2018||World Teachers' Day|
|11 October 2018||International Day of the Girl Child|
|13 October 2018||International Day for Disaster Reduction|
|17 October 2018||International Day for the Eradication of Poverty|
|27 October 2018||World Day for Audiovisual Heritage|
|02 November 2018||International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists|