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United Nations Observances

The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades, each with a theme, or topic. By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues. 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. The majority of observances have been established by resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, although some have been designated by UN specialized agencies. The United Nations also observes anniversaries of key events in its history.

Past International Days Events

English Language Day 2023

21 April 2023

French Language Day 2023

14 March 2023

World Down Syndrome Day 2023

14 March 2023

International Mother Language Day 2023

10 February 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January

13 January 2023

Arabic Language Day 2022

30 November 2022

Spanish Language Week 2022

17 December 2021

International Translation Day

13 September 2022

International Day of Sign Languages

16 September 2022

French Language Day 2022

15 March 2022

International Mother Language Day 2022

10 February 2022

Holocaust Remembrance Week 2022

17 January 2022

World Braille Day 2022

11 January 2022

Arabic Language Day 2021

06 December 2021

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

30 November 2021

International Mother Language Day 2021

23 November 2021

Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January

01 February 2021