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UN International Days of Observance for 2023-2024 year
The UN international days are specific days set by the General Assembly and other United Nations bodies to mark particular events or topics in order to promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues. By creating special observances, the United Nations simulates interest in United Nations activities and programmes in these areas. The International Days also serve as an indicator of the interest that a given subject attracts in each part of the world. Help us Help us 

Calendar of UN International Days for 2023-2024 year

June 2023

Sunday 18 June - Sustainable Gastronomy Day (The UN General Assembly adopted on 21 December 2016 its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated 18 June as an international observance, Sustainable Gastronomy Day); International Bazaar (UN)
Friday 23 June - International Women in Engineering Day (National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. Since that launch in 2014 the day has grown enormously over the subsequent years to the point where it received UNESCO patronage in 2016. In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years); International Widows’ Day; United Nations Public Service Day

July 2023

Sunday 9 July - International Gun Destruction Day (or Small Arms Destruction Day established by the United Nations in 2001)

August 2023

Tuesday 22 August - International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence Due to Religion or Belief (International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - established since May 28, 2019 - UN A/RES/73/296)

September 2023

Monday 18 September - International Day of Equal Pay (established by the UN General Assembly on November 15, 2019. Several countries, including Georgia and Ukraine, sponsored the resolution)
Saturday 23 September - International Day of Sign Languages (adopted by the UN on November 14, 2017)
Thursday 28 September - International Day for Universal Access to Information (Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information. This right is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression); World Maritime Day; World Rabies Day

October 2023

Saturday 14 October - Fall World Migratory Bird Day (Held on the second Saturday of May and October with the support of the United Nations Environment Program - UNEP)

November 2023

December 2023

Monday 18 December - UN Arabic Language Day (Established by the UN decision to include Arabic among the official and working languages of the General Assembly and its Main Committees); International Migrants Day

January 2024

Monday 1 January - Global Family Day (is grew out of the UN Millennium Day celebration, which included the distribution of the 1996 children's book One Day at a Time)
Thursday 4 January - World Braille Day (UN 1 November 2018 A/C.3/73/L.5/Rev.1); World Braille Day
Wednesday 10 January - World Hindi Day (Vishwa Hindi Diwas)
Sunday 14 January - World Logic Day (UNESCO, since 2019)
Wednesday 24 January - International Day of Education (3 December 2018 A/RES/73/25. Education is key to sustainable development); World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture

February 2024

Thursday 1 February - Beginning of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan)
Saturday 10 February - World Pulses Day (UN: A/RES/73/251. Dried beans, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses. Pulses are a type of leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed.)
Monday 12 February - Red Hand Day (United Nations); Darwin Day (International observance)

March 2024

Monday 4 March - World Obesity Day (The first World Obesity Day took place in 2015)

April 2024

Wednesday 24 April - International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace (A/RES/73/127. Multilateralism, process of organizing relations between groups of three or more states)
Thursday 25 April - International Girls in ICT Day (aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and car eers in the growing field of Information and communications technology); International Delegate’s Day (A/RES/73/286); World Malaria Day

May 2024

Saturday 4 May - Anti-Bullying Day (The United Nations has recognized the epidemic of bullying that is gripping our schools and had dedicated May 4th as U.N. Anti-Bullying Day)
Thursday 16 May - International Day of Living Together in Peace (adopted by the UN on December 8, 2017); International Day of Light (initiated by UNESCO on November 14, 2017)
Monday 20 May - World Bee Day (On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734)

June 2024


The United Nations observes designated days (weeks, years, and decades) annually declaring a theme or topic for certain days. The lead UN agency for a particular international observance uses the symbolism of the United Nations (UN), often 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.
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