• 20 February

    World Day of Social Justice

    Social justice is based on the values of fairness, equality, respect for diversity, access to social protection, and the application of human rights in all spheres of life, including in the workplace. As we face the consequences of the global financial and economic crisis, which has led to significant increases in unemployment and poverty and is straining social integration, these principles are more important than ever

  • 8 March

    International Women's Day

    Since 1975, International Women's Year, March 8 has been celebrated as International Women's Day, “to commemorate the historic struggle to improve women's lives". It is celebrated around the world at the local and national levels.

  • 20 November

    Universal Children's Day

    By resolution 836(IX)of 14 December 1954,the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day,to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November,marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959,and the Convention on the Rights of the Child,in 1989.

  • 3 May

    World Press Freedom Day

    throughout the world, 3 May serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

  • 16 November

    The International Day for Tolerance

    in 1996, the General Assembly invited Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public (resolution 51/95 of 12 December). This action came in the wake of the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the Assembly in 1993 (resolution 48/126). The Year had been declared on the initiative of the General Conference of UNESCO. On 16 November 1995, the UNESCO member States had adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year

  • 21 March

    The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)).

  • 21 September

    The International Day of Peace

    The International Day of Peace was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people.” Twenty years later, the General Assembly decided that 21 September would be observed annually as a “day of global ceasefire and non-violence" and invited all Member States, organizations and individuals to commemorate the day, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of a global ceasefire.

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