UN International Days from June to September 2009


The United Nations was built on spiritual principles and universal values such as peace, human rights, human dignity and worth, justice, respect, good neighbourliness, freedom, respect for nature and shared responsibility. TOS groups will therefore find that many UN designated International Days provide opportunities for promoting the theosophical principles underpinning TOS work as well as networking with similar community groups in supporting relevant UN activities.

June 4: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

June 5: World Environment Day (slogan: Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy)

June 12: World Day Against Child Labour

June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
(UN Convention to Combat Desertification)

June 20: UN World Refugee Day

June 26: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime launched a 3-year campaign on 26 June 2007 with the slogan, “Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs.” The campaign will focus on illicit drug trafficking in 2009.

Also International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

July 5: International Day of Cooperatives

July 11: World Population Day

July 15: World Youth Day

July 17: World Day for International Justice, which commemorates the adoption of the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, the Rome Statute, on July 17, 1998.

August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Coincides with the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People; 2005-2014.

August 12: International Youth Day

August 17-23: World Water Week

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

September 8: International Literacy Day
Coincides with United Nations Literacy Decade (2003 - 2012) “Literacy as Freedom”.

September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day
On average, almost 3000 people commit suicide daily.

September 15: International Day of Democracy

September 21: International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire.

September 28: World Heart Day
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.5 million lives a year.

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