United Nations Observance Days

Observance days recognised by the UN which are of particular note to UEA (including Esperanto Day and Zamenhof Day). The list is compiled according to the 2022 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

21 Mar

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

15 May

International Day of Families

21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

20 Jun

World Refugee Day

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

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

Zamenhof-Day

20 Dec

International Human Solidarity Day

Days for the six official UN languages

20 Mar

French Language Day

20 Apr

Chinese Language Day

23 Apr

English Language Day

23 Apr

Spanish Language Day

6 Jun

Russian Language Day

18 Dec

Arabic Language Day

An at-a-glance look at our activities surrounding UN Observance Days 2023

21 February: International Mother Language Day: messages from UEA and posters in many languages
27 January: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust: message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Français
24 January: International Day of Education: message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Français
20 December: International Human Solidarity Day
15 December: Zamenhof Day
10 December: International Human Rights Day: message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Français ~ en Español ~ posters and messages in many languages
20 November: World Children’s Day
16 November: International Day for Tolerance: message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Français ~ en Español ~ Hungarian
24 October: United Nations Day: message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Español ~ Albanian
2 October: International Day of Non-Violence
1 October: International Day of Older Persons: message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Español
30 September: International Translation Day: message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Français ~ en Español
21 September: International Day of Peace: Message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto ~ en Français ~ en Español ~ 现代标准汉语 and posters in many languages
26 July: Esperanto Day: Message from UEA in Englishen Esperanto and posters in many languages
20 June: World Refugee Day: Message from UEA in Englishen Esperanto
15 May: International Day of Families: Message from UEA in Englishen Esperanto ~ en Français
21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Message from UEA in Englishen Esperanto ~ 中国人
8 March: International Women’s Day: Message from UEA in Englishen Esperanto ~ en Français

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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