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  • World Heart Day

    World Heart Day is September 29.
    People are encouraged to change their lifestyles to prevent heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, or any other condition associated with cardiovascular diseases.
  • World Environment Day

    For too long, we have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century we have destroyed half of our wetlands.
  • Global Day of Parents

    Parents all over the world are honored today for their unselfish love, for their commitment to children, and for their crucial role in making the world a better place.
  • International Day of Peacekeepers

    Peacekeeping operations have evolved from simply monitoring ceasefire to protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants, protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law, supporting free and fair elections, mitigating the threat of land-mines, and much more.
  • 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.