The United Nations has a long list of observance days, weeks, years, and decades which are established to encourage all to focus on a specific world issue, topic, or idea.  Each observance holds significance within the UN organization, and stands to commemorate an area of work for the international community.  These observances are inclusive to all, and can be commemorated by one individual or an entire country.

Below is a list of UN Observance Days and Weeks throughout the year, as well as information about each one. We encourage all to think about promoting commemoration of some or all of these days, in any small or big ways.

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