United Nations Calendar 2017

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International Years

2013International Year of Water Cooperation
2013International Year of Quinoa
2014International Year of Family Farming
2014International Year of Crystallography
2014International Year of Small Island Developing States
2014International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People
2015International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
2015International Year of Soils
2016International Year of Pulses
2017International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
2019International Year of Indigenous Languages
2019International Year of Moderation
2019International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements
2022International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture
2024International Year of Camelids

2017: UN Days and Weeks

January 27Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 1 - 7World Interfaith Harmony Week
February 4World Cancer Day (WHO)
February 6International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (WHO)
February 11International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 13World Radio Day (UNESCO)
February 20World Day of Social Justice
February 21International Mother Language Day (UNESCO)
March 1Zero Discrimination Day (UNAIDS)
March 3World Wildlife Day
March 8International Women's Day
March 20International Day of Happiness
March 21International Day of Forests and the Tree
March 21World Poetry Day (UNESCO)
March 21World Down Syndrome Day
March 21International Day of Nowruz
March 21International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21-27Week of Solidarity with the Peoples struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
March 22World Day for Water
March 23World Meteorological Day (IMO)
March 24World Tuberculosis Day (WHO)
March 24International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
March 25International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
March 25International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
April 2World Autism Awareness day
April 4International Day of Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action
April 6International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
April 7World Health Day
April 7Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
April 12International Day of Human Space Flight
April 19 - 23Global Soil Week
April 21World Creativity and Innovation Day
April 22International Mother Earth Day
April 23World Book and Copyright Day (UNESCO)
April 24 - 30World Immunization Week [WHO]
April 25World Malaria Day (WHO)
April 26World Intellectual Property Day (WIPO)
April 26International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
April 28World Day for Saftey & Health at Work (ILO)
April 30International Jazz Day
April 30Day of Vesak (May Full Moon)
May 2World Tuna Day
May 3World Press Freedom Day
May 8 & 9Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
May 8 - 14UN Global Road Safety Week [WHO]
May 12World Migratory Bird Day (UNEP)
May 15International Day of Families
May 16International Day of Light (UNESCO)
May 16International Day of Living Together in Peace
May 17World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
May 20World Bee Day
May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
May 23International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
May 25-31Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
May 29International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
May 31World No-Tobacco Day
June 1Global Day of Parents
June 3World Bicycle Day
June 4International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
June 5World Environment Day
June 5 International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
June 8World Oceans Day
June 12World Day Against Child Labour
June 13International Albinism Awareness Day
June 14World Blood Donor Day (WHO)
June 15World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 16International Day of Family Remittances
June 17World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 18Sustainable Gastronomy Day
June 19International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
June 20World Refugee Day
June 21International Day of Yoga
June 23International Widow's Day
June 23United Nations Public Service Day
June 25Day of the Seafarer (IMO)
June 26International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
June 26International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 27Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day
June 29 International Day of the Tropics
June 30International Asteroid Day
June 30 International Day of Parliamentarism
July 7International Day of Cooperatives (1st Saturday of July)
July 11World Population Day
July 15World Youth Skills Day
July 18Nelson Mandela International Day
July 28World Hepatitis Day (WHO)
July 30World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
July 30International Day of Friendship
August 1 - 7World Breastfeeding Week (WHO)
August 9International Day of the World's Indigenous People
August 12International Youth Day
August 19World Humanitarian Day
August 21International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism
August 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (UNESCO)
August 29International Day Against Nuclear Tests
August 30International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
September 5International Day of Charity
September 8International Literacy Day (UNESCO)
September 10World Suicide Prevention Day (WHO)
September 12UN Day for South-South Cooperation
September 15International Day of Democracy
September 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
September 21International Day of Peace
September 23International Day of Sign Languages
September 26 International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
September 27World Tourism Day (UNWTO)
September 28World Rabies Day (WHO)
September 28World Maritime Day (IMO) (Last Thursday in September)
September 28 International Day for Universal Access to Information
September 30International Translation Day
October 1International Day of Older Persons
October 2World Habitat Day (1st Monday of October)
October 2International Day of Non-Violence
October 4-10World Space Week
October 5World Teachers Day (UNESCO)
October 9World Post Day (UPU)
October 10World Mental Health Day (WHO)
October 11International Day of the Girl Child
October 13International Day for Disaster Reduction
October 13World Migratory Bird Day (UNEP) (2nd Saturday in October)
October 15International Day of Rural Women
October 16World Food Day
October 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 24United Nations Day
October 24World Development Information Day
October 24 - 30Disarmament Week
October 27World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (UNESCO)
October 31World Cities Day
November 2International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
November 5World Tsunami Awareness Day
November 6International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
November 6 - 12International Week of Science and Peace (The week in which November 11 falls)
November 10World Science Day for Peace and Development (UNESCO)
November 12World Pneumonia Day
November 13 - 19World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WHO)
November 14World Diabetes Day
November 16International Day for Tolerance
November 16World Philosophy Day (UNESCO) (Third Thursday of November)
November 19World Toilet Day
November 19World Day for Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims and Their Families (3rd Sunday of November)
November 20Africa Industrialisation Day
November 20Universal Children's Day
November 21World Television Day
November 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
November 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 30Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
December 1World AIDS Day
December 2International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 3International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 5International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
December 5World Soil Day
December 7International Civil Aviation Day
December 9International Anti-Corruption Day
December 9International Genocide Prevention Day
December 10Human Rights Day
December 11International Mountain Day
December 12International Day of Neutrality
December 12International Universal Health Coverage Day
December 18International Migrants Day
December 20International Human Solidarity Day

International Decades

2005-2014Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People
2005-2014United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
2005-2015International Decade for Action 'Water for Life'
2008-2017Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty
2010-2020United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification
2011-2020United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
2011-2020Decade of Action for Road Saftey
2011-2020Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism
2014 - 2024United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All
2015 - 2024International Decade for People of African Descent
2016 - 2025UN Decade of Action on Nutrition
2018 - 2028International Decade for Action, "Water for Sustainable Development"
2019 - 2028United Nations Decade of Family Farming
2021 - 2030International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

 

 

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2018: Contrary to common practice, the United Nations has not declared 2018 as International Year for any specific topic.

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