United Nations Observance Days

Observance days recognised by the UN which are of particular note to UEA (including Zamenhof Day). The list is compiled according to the 2020 attributed names. Be aware that from time to time the official names of the days may be amended by the UN. UEA pays particular attention to the observance days whose dates are dark blue. 

24 Jan

International Day of Education

27 Jan

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

21 Feb

International Mother Language Day

8 Mar

International Women’s Day

20 Mar

French Language Day

21 Mar

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

20 Apr

Chinese Language Day

23 Apr

English Language Day

23 Apr

Spanish Language Day

15 May

International Day of Families

21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

6 Jun

Russian Language Day

20 Jun

World Refugee Day Tago de Rifuĝintoj

26 Jul

Esperanto Day

30 Jul

International Day of Friendship

9 Aug

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

12 Aug

International Youth Day

21 Sep

International Day of Peace

27 Sep

World Tourism Day

30 Sep

International Translation Day

1 Oct

International Day of Older Persons

2 Oct

International Day of Non-Violence

24 Oct

United Nations Day

16 Nov

International Day for Tolerance

20 Nov

World Children’s Day

10 Dec

International Human Rights Day

15 Dec


18 Dec

Arabic Language Day

20 Dec

International Human Solidarity Day

An at-a-glance look at our activities surrounding UN Observance Days 2021

Message from TEJO for International Youth Day  in Englishen Esperanto
Message from UEA for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples  in Englishen Esperanto; and posters
Message from UEA for International Day of Friendship  in Englishen Esperanto
26 July: Esperanto Day: Posters
Message from UEA for Refugee Day  in Englishen Esperanto; and posters
6 May: Russian Language Day:
Message in English ~ en Esperanto
Message from UEA for World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development  in Englishen Esperanto
Message from UEA for International Day of Families  in Englishen Esperanto
23 April: English Language Day:
Message from UEA
21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:
Declaration from TEJO (Esperanto)
Message from UEA for International Women’s Day  in Englishen Esperanto ~ en français; Declaration from TEJO 
International Mother Language Day 2021
Recorded version of the message read in Esperanto by the second vice president of UEA. Subtitles in Esperanto. 
A report on our successful activity around International Mother Language Day.
21 February 2021: Message from UEA for International Mother Language Day  in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en français
The numerous different language versions and the original in Esperanto were mentioned in the English-Language Newsletter of the Department of Global Communications

Films by the UN and UNESCO with subtitles in Esperanto

Subtitled in Esperanto by Scott Turton

Participate in the UN2020 Initiative for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Read more

Different voices recite the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the years 2015-2030. 

Message from the World Esperanto Association for International Human Rights Day 10 Dec and Zamenhof Day, 15 Dec, 2019

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