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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.

Similarly, the UN Office at Geneva organizes several special events throughout the year where world leaders, diplomats, experts, civil society and young people gather to address pressing international issues. These events serve as platforms for discussion, collaboration, and decision-making on topics such as peace, sustainable development, human rights, and climate change, advancing the UN's mission to promote global cooperation and find solutions to our planet's most critical challenges.

Past Events

EDUKI Awards ceremony 2023/2024

06 May 2024

Press Freedom Day

25 April 2024

World Down Syndrome Day 2024

12 March 2024

Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2024

23 January 2024

World Braille Day 2024

09 January 2024

Global Refugee Forum 2023

06 December 2023

Human Rights 75

20 November 2023

YAS 2023

06 November 2023

World Stroke Day at UN Geneva (FR)

03 November 2023

International Day of Sign Languages 2023

16 September 2022

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