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UNESCO International Days 2020


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) implements its activities through the five program areas: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information.

UNESCO celebrates UN International Days related to its respective competences, in addition to the other World Days, proclaimed by the United Nations Specialized Agencies.

 The list of International Days with which UNESCO is associated is available here.


International Days observed at UNESCO



14 January

World Logic Day


24 January

International Day of Education

World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture


27 January

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



11 February

International Day of Women and Girls in Science


13 February

World Radio Day


21 February

International Mother Language Day




4 March

World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development


8 March

International Women’s Day


14 March

International Day of Mathematics


20 March

International Francophonie Day


21 March

World Poetry Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day of Nowruz


22 March

World Water Day




6 April

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace


15 April

World Art Day


23 April

World Book and Copyright Day



30 April

International Jazz Day




3 May

World Press Freedom Day


5 May

African World Heritage Day

World Portuguese Language Day



16 May

International Day of Light

International Day of Living Together in Peace


21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development


22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity




5 June

World Environment Day


8 June

World Oceans Day


17 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought




18 July

Nelson Mandela International Day


26 July

International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem




9 August

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People


12 August

International Youth Day


23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition




8 September

International Literacy Day


15 September

International Day of Democracy


20 September

International Day of University Sport


21 September

International Day of Peace


28 September

International Day for the Universal Access to Information




5 October

World Teachers’ Day


11 October

International Day of the Girl Child


13 October

International Day for Disaster Reduction


17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


24 October

United Nations Day


27 October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage




2 November

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists


5 November (First Thursday)

International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, including Cyberbullying


5 November

World Day of Romani Language

World Tsunami Awareness Day


10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development

Third Thursday in November

World Philosophy Day


16 November

International Day for Tolerance


18 November

International Day of Islamic Art


25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


26 November

World Olive Tree Day


29 November

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People




1 December

World AIDS Day


3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


10 December

Human Rights Day


18 December

International Migrants Day


18 December

World Arabic Language Day

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