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International Days

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).Each international day offers many actors the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of the day. Organizations and offices of the United Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens, make an international day a springboard for awareness-raising actions.

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

January   February   March   April   May   June  July   August   September   October   November   December

JANUARY

14 January

 

24 January

 

27 January

 

FEBRUARY

11 February

 

13 February

 

21 February

 

MARCH

4 March

  • World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development  (  40 C/64)

 

8 March

 

14 March

  • International Day of Mathematics  (  40 C/27)

 

20 March

 

21 March

 

22 March

 

APRIL

6 April

 

15 April

 

23 April

 

30 April

 

MAY

3 May

 

5 May

 

16 May

 

21 May

 

22 May

 

JUNE

5 June

 

8 June

 

17 June

 

JULY

18 July

 

26 July

 

AUGUST

9 August

 

12 August

 

23 August

 

SEPTEMBER

8 September

 

15 September

 

20 September

 

21 September

 

28 September

 

OCTOBER

5 October

 

11 October

 

13 October

 

17 October

 

24 October

 

27 October

 

NOVEMBER

First Thursday

  • International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, including Cyberbullying  (  40 C/78)

 

2 November

 

5 November

 

10 November

 

Third Thursday in November

 

16 November

 

18 November

  • International Day of Islamic Art  (  40 C/26)

 

25 November

 

26 November

  • World Olive Tree Day  (  40 C/66)

 

29 November

 

DECEMBER

1 December

 

3 December

 

10 December

 

18 December

 

18 December