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International observance (also known as international dedication or international anniversary) denotes 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, Economic and Social Council or by UNESCO. In this case, the lead agency for a particular international observance uses the symbolism of the United Nations (UN) or UNESCO, a specially designed logo for the year, and their 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. The United Nations General Assembly (GA) is one of the five principal organs of the United Nations. ... The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations assists the General Assembly in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development. ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ...

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List of international observances

Below follows a list of consecutively days, years and decades that have been denoted as international observances by the United Nations. There are also other organizations that declare international observances, although these are not as widely recognized.


Days

January

is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Global Family Day, (One Day of Peace and Sharing Every January First) was first celebrated on January 1, 2000 with a special ceremony between Israeli and Palestinian families, at a refugee camp in Nablus. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Martin Luther King Jr. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 26) is an annual international day of remembrance designated by an official resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 1, 2005. ...

February

February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... World Cancer Day is marked on the February 4th of every year since 2002 as a cancer awareness campaign of a consortium of governmental and non-governmental cancer research organisations. ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Darwin Day is the anniversary of the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... There is a disputed proposal that this article should be merged with Language Martyrs Day 21st February has been proclaimed the International Mother Language Day by the UNESCO in 2000. ...

March

is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... International Womens Day 2006 logo. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto Égalité, Complémentarité, Solidarité Members and participants of La Francophonie. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... United Nations General Assembly World Day for Water, or unofficially World Water Day, occurs each year on March 22, as designated by United Nations General Assembly resolution. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Tuberculosis Day, falling on 24 March each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in the third world. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

April

is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7th April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization ( WHO). ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Earth Day Flag. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Book Day 2006 logo in the UK and Ireland World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day) is a yearly event on 23 April, organised by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. ... is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Snow dance from The Nutcracker Tango in Buenos Aires International Dance Day (World Dance Day) has been celebrated on April 29 through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID), an umbrella organization within UNESCO for all kinds of dance. ...

May

is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... May Day is May 1, and refers to any of several holidays celebrated on this day. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Press Freedom Day honours sacrifices around the world made for freedom of the press and reminds governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression that is enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A red-blue ribbon - symbol of the IFFD. International Firefighters Day (IFFD) is observed on May 4. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world every May 12. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a UN-sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of biodiversity issues. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31. ... World Asthma Day is an international remembrance day held yearly on May 4 which is used by the national asthma foundations to raise awareness of this condition and the impact it has on the lives of people suffering from it, and their families. ... Each year, on the second Saturday of May, World Fair Trade Day is celebrated. ...

June

is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Czech poster celebrating International Childrens Day Childrens Day is a holiday in many countries around the world. ... is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Environment Day (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Ocean Day began on 8 June 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Refugee Day, held on June 20, celebrates the lives and contributions of refugees everywhere. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day is a festival taking place on June 21, the summer solstice. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was a International Day to go against Drug abuse and Illegal drug trade. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day in Support of Torture Victims, or June 26, is a day created by the United Nations General Assembly to demonstrate solidarity to all whose mind, body or spirit have been impacted by torture. ...

July

is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. ...

August

is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

September

is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... International Literacy Day 2006 UNESCO poster September 8 was proclaimed the International Literacy Day by UNESCO in November 17, 1965. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Rabies Day is a global initiative to raise awareness about the continuing burden of Rabies and how the disease can be prevented. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday invented in 1995 by John Baur (Ol Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Capn Slappy), of the United States, who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day of Peace was established by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly to be the third Tuesday of September every year and devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace, as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Bogotá Car Free Day, 1 February 2007. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for managing data that has a spatial specialized form of an information system. ... Information and communication technology spending in 2005 Information technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... European Year of Languages 2001 and European Day of Languages logo Chameleon, European Year of Languages 2001 and European Day of Languages logo September 26 was proclaimed European Day of Languages by the Council of Europe, with the support of European Union, on December 6, 2001, at the end of... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... [1] It was at its third session (Torremolinos, Spain, September 1979), that the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) decided to institute, commencing in the year 1980, WORLD TOURISM DAY is to be commemorated on 27 September each year by appropriate events on themes selected by the General... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

October

is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Vegetarian Day is an annually observed day of celebration established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism [1] External links The San Francisco Vegetarian Society World Vegetarian Day page World Vegetarian Day at the New Zealand Hare... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. ... Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) (Devanagari: मोहनदास करमचन्द गांधी), called Mahatma Gandhi, was the charismatic leader who brought the cause of Indias independence from British colonial rule to... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Animal Day is celebrated each year on 4 October. ... is the 278th day of the year (279th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Mental Health Day is a global mental health education, awareness and advocacy project of World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. ... is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... United Nations Day is celebrated internationally on 24 October for the purpose of informing the people of the world as to the aims, goals, and achievements of the UN. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organization on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

November

is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Vegan Day is November 1st each year to celebrate the creation of The Vegan Society. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Freedom Day was a United States national holiday declared by President of the United States George W. Bush to commenerate the fall of the Berlin Wall. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Amnesty International flyer International Students Day is an international observance of student activism, held annually on November 17. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Toilet Organization is an organization dedicated to issues involving toilets and sanitation. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Czechoslovak poster celebrating the International Childrens Day Childrens Day is a holiday in many countries around the world. ... is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The UN General Assembly established November 21 as World Television Day to encourage nations to exchange cultural programming. ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Womens activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981. ... is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a UN organized observance. ...

December

is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the global AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... International Day of Disabled Persons (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. ... is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2005-12-10, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Years

(The UN Convention on Migratory Species, together with its specialized agreements on dolphin conservation ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS and the WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society) have proposed 2007 as the Year of the Dolphin ('YOD'))

International Womens Year (IWY) was the name given to 1975 by the United Nations. ... The year 1979 was proclaimed the International Year of the Child by the United Nations. ... The year 1981 was proclaimed the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) by the United Nations. ... International Youth Year (IYY) was held in 1985, to focus attention on issues of concern to and relating to youth. ... 1995 was declared the United Nations Year for Tolerance by the United Nations General Assembly, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was responsible for the lead organisation of the year. ... The year 1999 was proclaimed the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The year 2000 was proclaimed the The International Year for the Culture of Peace by the United Nations, with the aim of celebrating and encouraging a culture of peace. ... The year 2001 was declared the International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance by the United Nations General Assembly. ... 2004 was declared the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition by the United Nations General Assembly. ... The United Nations launched the International Year of Microcredit on November 18, with the purposes of reducing poverty and hunger and improving health and education. ... Physics has been the basis for understanding the physical world and nature as a whole. ... The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is an international non-governmental organization devoted to the advancement of Physics. ... The International Year of Deserts and Desertification is a 2006 international observance, declared by the 58/211 resolution of theUnited Nations General Assembly. ... The year 2007 has been declared as (International) Year of the Dolphin by the United Nations and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Exec. ... Klaus Töpfer, former UNEP Exec. ... This article is about the United Nations, for other uses of UN see UN (disambiguation) Official languages English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic Secretary-General Kofi Annan (since 1997) Established October 24, 1945 Member states 191 Headquarters New York City, NY, USA Official site http://www. ... The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or the Bonn Convention ) aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range. ... ASCOBANS, the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas, is a regional Agreement concluded under the auspices of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species, or Bonn Convention Numerous species of small cetaceans live in the North Sea. ... The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) is the most prominent environmental organization that dedicates itself to conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises. ... The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) is the most prominent environmental organization that dedicates itself to conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises. ... The year 2007 has been declared as (International) Year of the Dolphin by the United Nations and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ... About 2008 has been declared by the 60th United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Planet Earth [1].The Years activities will span the three years 2007-2009. ... The International Year of the Potato (2008) has been declared by United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/191, adopted 22 December 2005. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Recognizing the integral role of forests in global sustainable development, the United Nations General Assembly [1] adopted resolution 61/193 on 20 December 2006 declaring the year 2011 as the International Year of Forests. ...

Decades

  • 1976–1985 - United Nations Decade for Women [16]
  • 1994–2004 - First International Decade of the World's Indigenous People [17]
  • 1997–2006 - First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty [18]
  • 2000–2010 - Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism [19] (pdf)
  • 2001–2010 - International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World [20], recognized by the UN
  • 2003–2012 - United Nations Literacy Decade [21]
  • 200.–201. - United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development - ...
  • 2005–2014 - Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People [22]
  • 2005–2015 - Water For Life Decade [23]

External links

  • United Nations Observances - a list of observances officially recognized by the United Nations.
  • Drori, Gili S., "United Nations'Dedications": A World Culture in the Making?, International Sociology, June 2005.

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