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History

  • World Press Freedom Day

    Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.
  • World Malaria Day

    This year, WHO and partners will mark World Malaria Day by celebrating the achievements of countries that are approaching – and achieving – malaria elimination.
  • International Mother Earth Day

    “We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption.” — António Guterres, UN secretary general
  • World Health Day

    All over the world, people struggle to make ends meet with little daily income due to the pandemic. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death.
  • World Autism Awareness Day

    “Persons with autism have the right to self-determination, independence, and autonomy, as well as the right to education and employment on an equal basis with others,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message this year.
  • World Meteorological Day

    When it comes to the weather and climate, most of us think only about what is happening in the atmosphere. If we ignore the ocean, however, we miss a big piece of the picture.
  • World Water Day

    World Water Day is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource.
  • World Down Syndrome Day

    Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programs, and inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of an individual with Down Syndrome.
  • International Day of Happiness

    Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.
  • World Wildlife Day

    Between 200 and 350 million people live within or adjacent to forested areas around the world, relying on the various ecosystem services provided by forest and forest species for their livelihoods and to cover their most basic needs, including food, shelter, energy and medicines.
  • Zero Discrimination Day

    Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated by the United Nations and other international organisations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all of the member countries of the UN.
  • World Radio Day

    “On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the enduring power of radio to promote diversity and help build a more peaceful and inclusive world.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    “To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.”
  • World Pulses Day

    For farmers, pulses are an important crop because they can both sell them and consume them, which helps farmers maintain household food security and creates economic stability.