International days are marked to educate the public on issues of concern, to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Each international day provides the community an opportunity to organize activities related to the theme and to create public awareness on the same. Organizations, governments, public and private sectors, schools, universities and citizens make international day a springboard for awareness raising actions. In this article let us check the Important Days in November 2020 – National and International Days
Important Days in November 2020
National and International Days in November 2020
- November 1-World Vegan Day
- November 1-All Saints’ Day
- November 2-All Souls’ Day
- November 2-International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
- November 5 (First Thursday)-International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, including Cyberbullying
- November 5-World Day of Romani Language, World Tsunami Awareness Day
- November 5-World tsunami day
- November 7-National Cancer Awareness Day
- November 9-Legal Services Day
- November 10-World Science Day for Peace and Development
- November 14-Children’s Day
- November 14-Diabetes Day
- November 14-International Day against Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property
- November 16-International Day for Tolerance
- November 17-National Epilepsy Day
- November 18-International Day of Islamic Art
- November 19 (Third Thursday)-World Philosophy Day
- November 20-Africa Industrialization Day
- November 21-World Television Day
- November 25-International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
- November 26-World Olive Tree Day
- November 29-International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
- November 29-International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People
International days as per United Nations
2 November – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/163. The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.
In the past twelve years more than 1,000 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime.
Hence this day is marked to raise your voice for those journalists who were silenced by death.
5 November – World Tsunami Awareness Day
In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day, calling on countries, international bodies and civil society to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction. In 2020, World Tsunami Awareness Day encourages the development of national and community-level, local disaster risk reduction strategies to save more lives against disasters. This year’s observance promotes “Sendai Seven Campaign,” target
6 November – International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. This day emphasizes to ensure that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace building strategies, because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.
10 November – World Science Day for Peace and Development
World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. This year the focus of World Science Day is on “Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic.”
14 November – World Diabetes Day
In 2007 General Assembly designated 14 November as World Diabetes Day. It focuses on the need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health, and provide access to treatment and health-care education. The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.
15 November (third Sunday of November) – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
The objectives of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2020 are to remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads, to acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services, to draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries, to advocate for better support for road traffic victims and victim families and to promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic deaths and injuries.
16 November – International Day for Tolerance
In 1996, the UN General Assembly adopted 16 November as International Day for Tolerance. This day aims at respecting and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
In 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence. The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence. The creation of the Prize has been inspired by the ideals of UNESCO’s Constitution that proclaims that “peace, if it is not to fail, must be founded on the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind”. The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November.
19 November – World Toilet Day
World Toilet Day aims at raising awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. This year the theme is “Sustainable sanitation and climate change”
19 November (third Thursday of November) – World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO with the objective to foster philosophical analysis, research and studies on major contemporary issues, so as to respond more effectively to the challenges that are confronting humanity today. It aims to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy and its critical use in the choices arising for many societies from the effects of globalization or entry into modernity.
20 November – Africa Industrialization Day
In 1989 The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 20 November as “Africa Industrialization Day”. Since then, the United Nations System has held events on that day throughout the world to raise awareness about the importance of Africa’s industrialization and the challenges faced by the continent. Industry can enhance productivity, increase the capabilities of the workforce, and generate employment, by introducing new equipment and new techniques. Industrialization, with strong linkages to domestic economies, will help African countries to achieve high growth rates, diversify their economies and reduce their exposure to external shocks. This will substantially contribute to poverty eradication through employment and wealth creation.
20 November – World Children’s Day
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
21 November – World Television Day
In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day. This was done in recognition of the increasing impact television has on the process of decision-making. Television was thus acknowledged as a major tool in informing, channelling and affecting public opinion.This was done in recognition of the increasing impact television has on the process of decision-making. Television was thus acknowledged as a major tool in informing, channeling and affecting public opinion. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.
On 21 and 22 November 1996 the United Nations held the first World Television Forum, where leading media figures met under the auspices of the United Nations to discuss the growing significance of television in today’s changing world and to consider how they might enhance their mutual cooperation. That is why the General Assembly decided to proclaim 21 November as World Television Day.
25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women .The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner. The date marks the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic.
29 November – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 29 is is observed as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People since 1978. This date, which was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people, is based on the call by the United Nations General Assembly for an annual observance of the resolution on the partition of Palestine. What has become known as the Partition Plan, intended to establish an Arab State and a Jewish State, and was adopted on 29 November 1947.
The International Day of Solidarity traditionally provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remains unresolved and that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced.
30 November – Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is an annual event held April 29th as a “tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism. It is officially recognised by UN and has been celebrated since 2005.
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