International Weeks

These are the international weeks currently observed by the United Nations. The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of the Organization. Usually, it is one or more Member States that propose these observances and the General Assembly establishes them with a resolution. On occasion, these celebrations are declared by the specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, etc., when they concern issues that fall within the scope of their competencies. Some of them may be later adopted by the General Assembly.


1-7 February World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event to be observed during the first week of February starting in 2011. World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points…

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23-29 April World Immunization Week

Defeating the Spread of Communicable Diseases through Immunization Diseases can either be acute or chronic, communicable or non-communicable. It can also be genetic or acquired. A disease may have a single cause or multiple causes. It can either affect just a single organ or it…

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6-12 May UN Global Road Safety Week

Alarming statistics The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are at least 1.34 million fatalities each year worldwide due to road accidents. These include pedestrians who are accidentally hit by vehicles. To put this in perspective, it means that on average there is one…

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1-7 August World Breastfeeding Week

Promoting Exclusive Breastfeeding as the Best Way to Nourish Infants Breastfeeding has declined over the past few decades because of several factors. This is particularly true in industrialized and economically developed countries. Formula milk supplements have become substitute to breastfeeding. The busy lifestyle of women…

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4-10 October World Space Week

Right at this moment there are about 1,100 active and 2,600 inactive artificial satellites orbiting the earth. The oldest artificial satellite launched in 1957, Sputnik 1, is still in Scientists and astronauts are now currently onboard the international space station, hurling through space at breakneck…

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24-30 October Disarmament Week

Since humans learned to be organized as groups, clans and tribes, organized but violent conflicts have been always part of human existence. These conflicts seem inevitable consequences of organized societies that are divided into competing camps. At the same time, these conflicts provide the impetus…

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10-16 November International Week of Science and Peace

Ever since the template for modern science fiction was set by Mary Shelley in her classic 1818 sci-fi horror novel, Frankenstein, scientific discoveries have been portrayed as cautionary tales if not outrightly condemned. The typical science fiction plot involves a discovery or invention that backfires…

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13-19 November Combating Antibiotic Resistance through Public Awareness

Ever since the accidental discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, many other types of antibiotics were developed and mass-produced. The discovery saved millions of lives and made life better for many people. The mortality rate among mothers and infants significantly decreased. Many infections…

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