GCD13 sqHere are key dates we should all be aware of as we design our activities for the months ahead. Most of them are great social media opportunities where each of us can easily add our voice to global campaigns.

“2015 is a chance to change history” – Ban Ki-Moon

The Year 2015 is marked by three major global summits that will shape the global agenda until 2030:

It is also the International Year of Soils, “Beijing+20“, and Africa’s Year of Women’s Empowerment.

September 2015

International Literacy Day

15 Opening of the 70th UN General Assembly

25-27 Summit on the Adoption of the Post-2015 Agenda

28-30 Clinton Global Initiative

28-October 6 UN General Assembly – General Debate

October 2015

2 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

11 International Day of the Girl Child

12-16 Committee on Food Security (Rome)

15 International Day for Rural Women

16 World Food Day; US site – Big event with the Pope in Milan

17 End Poverty Day

17-20 Habitat III – Quito, Ecuador

24 UN Day

November 2015

12 World Pneumonia Day

17 World Prematurity Day

19 World Toilet Day

20 Universal Children’s Day

25 Start of 16 Days of Activism to halt Gender Violence, through Dec 10

25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

December 2015

1 World AIDS Day: UN SiteUK Site

10 Human Rights Day; Pope Francis calls for global “wave of prayer” for end of hunger at noon local time.

January 2016

20 Martin Luther King Birthday (observed)

February 2016

11-21 Commission on Social Development

14 V-Day/One Billion Rising

March 2016

8 International Women’s Day

14-24 Commission on the Status of Women Theme: Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development

22 World Water Day

April 2016

7 World Health Day

22 Earth Day

28-May 2 Living Below the Line

May 2016

5 International Midwife’s Day

16-19 Women Deliver, Copenhagen

June 2015

World Environment Day [UNEP]

July 2016

2 Start of World Breast Feeding Week

11 World Population Day

18 Nelson Mandela International Day

August 2016

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

12 International Youth Day


UN Observances

WHO Official Health Days