International observance

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This is not a list of National Days, commemorative days, or days which have some significance in one or a very small number of countries.

An international observance, also known as an international dedication or an international anniversary is a period of time to observe some issue of international interest or concern. This is used to commemorate, promote and mobilize for action. Many of these periods have been established by the United Nations General Assembly (UN), Economic and Social Council, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),[1] World Health Organization (WHO) and other United Nations bodies including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In this case, the lead agency for a particular international observance uses the symbolism of the United Nations (UN), perhaps a specially designed logo for the year, and the UN infrastructure to coordinate events worldwide. It also presents a written report about the event. This summarizes the activities that took place around the world under the auspices of the international observance, and makes recommendations for the future.

List of international observances[edit]

Below is a list of days, years and decades that have been recognized as international observances by the United Nations, or by some other organizations that declare international observances but are not as widely recognized.

Days[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Weeks[edit]

Months[edit]

Years[edit]

Before 1950[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Decades[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ "World Intellectual Property Day". WIPO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  34. ^ "World Day for Safety and Health at Work". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  35. ^ "Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  36. ^ "International Dance Day". UNESCO. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  37. ^ "International Jazz Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  38. ^ "World Press Freedom Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  39. ^ "Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  40. ^ "International Day of Families". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  41. ^ "World Telecommunication and Information Society Day". ITU. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  42. ^ "World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  43. ^ "International Day for Biological Diversity". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  46. ^ "World No-Tobacco Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  47. ^ "World Migratory Bird Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  48. ^ "Global Day of Parents". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  49. ^ "International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  50. ^ "World Environment Day". UNEP. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  51. ^ "World Oceans Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  52. ^ "World Day Against Child Labour". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  53. ^ "World Blood Donor Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  54. ^ "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  55. ^ "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  56. ^ "World Refugee Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  57. ^ "United Nations Public Service Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  58. ^ "International Widow's Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  59. ^ World Young Doctors' Day, World Young Doctors' Organization. Retrieved 2013-07-27
  60. ^ "Day of the Seafarer". IMO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  61. ^ "International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  62. ^ "United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  63. ^ "International Day of Cooperatives". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  65. ^ "World Population Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  68. ^ "World Hepatitis Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  69. ^ "International Day of Friendship". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  70. ^ "International Day of the World's Indigenous People". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  71. ^ "International Youth Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  72. ^ "World Humanitarian Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  73. ^ "International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition". UNESCO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  74. ^ "International Day against Nuclear Tests". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  75. ^ "International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  76. ^ "International Literacy Day". UNESCO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  77. ^ "World Suicide Prevention Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  78. ^ "United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  79. ^ "International Day of Democracy". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  80. ^ "International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  81. ^ "International Day of Peace". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  82. ^ "World Tourism Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  83. ^ "World Rabies Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  85. ^ "World Heart Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  86. ^ "World Maritime Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  87. ^ "International Day of Older Persons". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  88. ^ "International Day of Non-Violence". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  89. ^ "World Teachers' Day". UNESCO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  90. ^ "World Post Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  91. ^ "World Mental Health Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  92. ^ "International Day of the Girl Child". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  93. ^ "International Day for Disaster Reduction". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  94. ^ "International Day of Rural Women". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  95. ^ "World Food Day". FAO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  96. ^ "International Day for the Eradication of Poverty". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  100. ^ "World Tripe Day". TMB. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  101. ^ "United Nations Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  102. ^ "World Development Information Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  103. ^ "World Day for Audiovisual Heritage". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  104. ^ "World Habitat Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  105. ^ "World Sight Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  108. ^ "International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  109. ^ "World Science Day for Peace and Development". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  110. ^ "World Pneumonia Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  111. ^ "World Diabetes Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  112. ^ "International Day for Tolerance". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  113. ^ "World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  115. ^ "Universal Children's Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  116. ^ "Africa Industrialization Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  117. ^ "World Television Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  118. ^ "International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  119. ^ "International Day for the Caturdays". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  120. ^ "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  121. ^ "World Philosophy Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  122. ^ "World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims". WHO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  123. ^ "World AIDS Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  124. ^ "International Day for the Abolition of Slavery". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  125. ^ "International Day of Persons with Disabilities". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  126. ^ "International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  127. ^ "International Civil Aviation Day". ICAO. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  128. ^ "International Anti-Corruption Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  129. ^ "Human Rights Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  130. ^ http://www.uncaged.co.uk/iard.htm International Animal Rights Day
  131. ^ "International Mountain Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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  137. ^ "International Human Solidarity Day". UN. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
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