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International Calendar of Events

Watch this space for dates and information about important international commemorations, holidays, and events.

The following events are annual:

International Day for Tolerance, November 16. In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited Member States to observe the Day with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public. 

Universal Children's Day, November 20. The UN General Assembly recommended in 1954 that all countries institute the Day to observe worldwide fraternity and understanding between children and of activity promoting the welfare of the world's children. 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25. Women's activists have marked the Day as a day against violence since 1981. The date came from the brutal 1961 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. 

World AIDS Day, December 1. The UN General Assembly in 1988 stated its deep concern about the pandemic proportions of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Today, over 41 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. 

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2. The Day recalls the date of the adoption, by the UN General Assembly, of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of Others. 

Human Rights Day, December 10. The Day marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.