• Helen Sheehy

( The 171 is according to my own calendar count!.)

The international observances (which also include weeks, years and decades) are some of the most visited pages on the UN website. Each international day has a dedicated website, available in the UN’s six official languages

The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.

Raise Awareness

International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.

Each international day offers many actors the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of the day. Organizations and offices of the United Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens, make an international day a springboard for awareness-raising actions.

Taking Action

The UN takes advantage of these Days to advise States on actions to tackle the serious problems around which many of these dates revolve. It is not unusual that a resolution is signed on the designated ID.

An Importance Indicator

The International Days also serve as an indicator of the interest that a given subject attracts in each part of the world. To find this out, the level of engagement that these commemorations receive in different regions and languages across the world are measured.

Well-known International days

International Women's Day (8 March)

International Peace Day (21 September)

United Nations Day (24 October) Of course!

Some trivia for your next event!

March 21 is the date of five different international days

June is the month with the most international days.

What would be your most relatable international day?

What would you add or delete from the list? (link below)

To read more about international days, how they are chosen and see a calendar, visit 2020.html

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"To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science."

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly decided to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology, through Resolution A/RES/70/212(link is external). UNESCO has made gender equality a global priority and the support of young girls, their education and their full ability to make their ideas heard are levers for development and peace.

Where do the women and girls of the world now stand in science five years after this declaration?

- less than 30% of women in the world are researchers

- around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education

- Globally, female students’ enrollment is in ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).

- 12 percent of onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job are women.

What do you think?

Is this comparably progress? Is enough being done to close the gap?

Thank you UNESCO for making this a priority.

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