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UN International Days:

January 27 – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

February 20 – World Day of Social Justice

February 21 – International Mother Language Day

March 8 – International Women's Day

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22 – World Water Day

March 25 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery

April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day

April 4 – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

April 7 – World Health Day

April 23 – World Book and Copyright Day

May 3 – World Press Freedom Day

May 15 – International Day of Families

May 17 – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22 – International Day for Biological Diversity

May 29 – International Day of UN Peacekeepers

June 4 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

June 5 – World Environment Day

June 17 – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

June 20 – World Refugee Day

June 23 – United Nations Public Service Day

June 26 – International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

July  First Saturday – International Day of Cooperatives

July 11 – World Population Day

August 9 – International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 12 – International Youth Day

September 8 – International Literacy Day

September 15 – International Day of Democracy

September 16 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

September 21 – International Day of Peace

October 1 – International Day of Older Persons

October 2 – International Day of Non-Violence

October, First Monday – World Habitat Day

October,  Second Wednesday – International Day for Disaster Reduction

October 15 – International Day of Rural Women

October 16 – World Food Day

October 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 24 – United Nations Day

October 24 – World Development Information Day

November 6 – International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

November 14 – World Diabetics Day

November 16 – International Day for Tolerance

November, third Sunday – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

November 20 – Universal Children’s Day

November 21 – World Television Day

November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

December 1 – World AIDS Day

December 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

December 7 – International Civil Aviation Day

December 9 – International Anti-Corruption Day

December 10 – Human Rights Day

December 11 – International Mountain Day

December 18 – International Migrants Day

December 20 – International Human Solidarity Day

UN International Years:

1959 -1960 – World Refugee Year

1961 – Health and Medical Research Year

1965 – Co-operation Year

1967 – Tourist Year

1968 – Year for Human Rights

1970 – Education Year

1971 – Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice

1974 – World Population Year

1975 – Women's Year

1978 – Anti-Apartheid Year

1979 – Year of The Child

1981 – Year for Disabled Persons

1983 – World Communications Year; Development of Communication Infrastructures

1985 – Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace

1986 – Year of Peace

1987 – Year of Shelter for The Homeless

1990 – Literacy Year

 1992 – Space Year

 1993 – Year for the World's Indigenous People

1994 – Year of the Family

1995 – United Nations Year for Tolerance

1996 – Year for the Eradication of Poverty

1998 – Year of the Ocean

1999 – Year of Older Persons

2000 – Year for the Culture of Peace

2001 – Year of Volunteers

2002 – Year of Mountains, International Year of Ecotourism

2003 – Year of Freshwater

2004 – Year of Rice

2005 – Year of Microcredit, International Year for Sport and Physical Education

2006 – Year of Deserts and Desertification

2007 – Dolphin Year, International Polar Year

2008 – Year of the Potato, International Year of Planet Earth, International Year of Sanitation

2009 – Year of Reconciliation, International Year of Natural Fibres, International Year of Astronomy

2010 – Year of Biodiversity

2011 – International Year of Forests

2012 – Year of Cooperatives

2013 – Year of Water Cooperation

2014 – Year of Family Farming

2015 - Year of Soils

2016 - Year of Pulses

2017 - Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

UN International Decades:

1960 to 1970 - United Nations Development Decade

1970S - Disarmament Decade

1971 to 1980 - Second United Nations Development Decade

1973 to 1983 - Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

1976 to 1985 - United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace

1978 to 1988 - Transport and Communications Decade for Africa

1980S - Industrial Development Decade for Africa

1980 to 1990 - Second Disarmament Decade

1981 to 1990 – Third United Nations Development Decade

1983 to 1992 - United Nations Decade for Disabled Persons

1983 to 1993 - Second Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

1988 to 1997 - World Decade for Cultural Development

1990S - Third Disarmament Decade

1990 to 1999 - United Nations Decade of International Law

1990 to 2000 - International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

1991 to 2000 - Fourth United Nations Development Decade

1993 to 2003 – Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

1994 to 2004 – Decade of the World's Indigenous People

1995 to 2004 – Decade for Human Rights Education

1997 to 2006 – Decade for The Eradication for Poverty

2001 to 2010 – Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries

2001 to 2010 – Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

2001 to 2010 – International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World

2003 to 2012 – United Nations Literacy Decade: Education for All

2005 to 2014 – United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

2005 to 2015 - International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”

2006 to 2016 - Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions

2008 to 2017 - Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

2010 to 2020 - United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification

2011 to 2020 - Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

2014 to 2024 - United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

2015 to 2024 - International Decade for People of African Descent

2016 to 2025- United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition


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