Building peace in the minds of men and women

Commemorations

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

February

13 February 2018 - World Radio Day

March

08 March 2018 - International Women's Day
21 March 2018 - International Day of Nowruz
21 March 2018 - World Poetry Day
22 March 2018 - World Water Day

April

30 April 2018 - International Jazz Day

May

03 May 2018 - World Press Freedom Day

June

05 June 2018 - World Environment Day
08 June 2018 - World Oceans Day

July

August

12 August 2018 - International Youth Day

September

08 September 2018 - International Literacy Day
15 September 2018 - International Day of Democracy
21 September 2018 - International Day of Peace

October

05 October 2018 - World Teachers' Day
24 October 2018 - United Nations Day

November

05 November 2018 - World Day of Romani Language
05 November 2018 - World Tsunami Awareness Day
15 November 2018 - World Philosophy Day

December

01 December 2018 - World AIDS Day
10 December 2018 - Human Rights Day
18 December 2018 - International Migrants Day
18 December 2018 - World Arabic Language Day

January to December

January to February

21 January 2019 - The Week of Sound

January