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As part of the United Nations Secretariat, ESCAP observes designated days, weeks, years and decades, each with a theme or topic. These special observances promote international awareness and action on these issues. Each international day offers many actors the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of the day. The majority of observances have been established by resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, although some have been designated by UN specialized agencies. The United Nations also observes anniversaries of key events in its history.

For more information about these observances and a complete list of the designated days, weeks, years and decades, please see the United Nations Headquarters webpage.

International Days usually observed, or observed previously, at ESCAP or by the United Nations organizations in Bangkok

 

JANUARY

27 January         International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

 

MARCH

8 March               International Women's Day

21 March             International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 March             International Day of Nowruz

22 March             World Water Day

 

APRIL

7 April                  World Health Day

 

MAY

26 May                “Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon  (Full Moon is 26 May in 2021)

 

JUNE

5 June                  World Environment Day

8 June                  World Oceans Day

21 June                International Day of Yoga 

 

JULY

18 July                  Nelson Mandela International Day

 

AUGUST

29 August             International Day against Nuclear Tests | 2021 Commemoration eventOnline exhibition

 

SEPTEMBER

21 September       International Day of Peace

 

OCTOBER

2 October             International Day of Non-Violence 

 4 October            World Habitat Day  (First Monday in October)

13 October           International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

16 October           World Food Day 

24 October           United Nations Day

 

NOVEMBER

 5 November        World Tsunami Awareness Day

25 November       International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

29 November       International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

 

DECEMBER

10 December        Human Rights Day