UN International Days of Observance
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.
Calendar of UN International Days for 2021-2022 year
Monday 21 June
- World Hydrography Day
(The International Hydrographic Bureau was established in 1921 for the purpose of providing a mechanism for consultation between governments on such matters as technical standards, safe navigation and the protection of the marine environment. In 1970 the name was changed to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The IHO is actively engaged in developing standards and interoperability, particularly in relation to the challenges brought about by digital technologies. In 2005 the IHO adopted the concept of a World Hydrography Day, which was "welcomed" by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution A/RES/60/30 Oceans and the law of the sea. The date chosen for World Hydrography Day is the anniversary of the founding of the International Hydrographic Organization); International Day of Yoga
; Summer Solstice (International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice)
Wednesday 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
Thursday 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.)
Wednesday 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)
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.