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 2022

15 may: International Day of Families: Message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto
8 march: International Women’s Day: Message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto
21 february: International Mother Language Day: Message from UEA in English ~ Esperanto ~ Français and Posters
27 january: Holocaust Remembrance Day: Message from UEA in English ~ en Esperanto
24 january: International Day of Education: Message from UEA in English ~ Esperanto ~ Français ~ 中文

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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