|National Handloom Day observed across India to promote welfare of weavers||08 August 2017|
|United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2017 observed||30 July 2017|
|International Tiger Day 2017 observed||29 July 2017|
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was observed with the theme ‘Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies’. The theme for this year’s commemoration is reminiscent of the importance of the values of dignity, solidarity and importance of voice to fight and end poverty everywhere.
World Food Day was observed globally on 16 October 2017 with the theme ‘Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development’. The day is celebrated annually to commemorate the founding of the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN in 1945.
The Day recognizes the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. The Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly through its resolution 62/136 dated 18 December 2007. It was first celebrated on 15 October 2008.
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was observed across the world on 13 October 2017 with the theme ‘Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement’. The 2017 campaign aims to raise global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level, thereby contributing to saving homes and livelihoods.
In 2011, the United Nations declared 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child to help stimulate worldwide enthusiasm for better girls’ lives, provide an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.
The Day is observed with an aim of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work.
The World Habitat Day was celebrated across the world on 2 October 2017 with the theme ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’. The United Nations In 1985 designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.
The United Nations General Assembly on 24 May 2017 adopted resolution 71/288 to proclaim 30 September as International Translation Day after considering the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development.
The celebrations of the day kick-started in Tunisia on 25 September with a panel event gathering around 250 participants to discuss progress and new initiatives around Tunisia’s Access to Information law. From 27 to 30 September 2017, UNESCO hosted a Conference under the theme “Overcoming Divides and Achieving the SDGs in Africa” in Balaclava, Mauritius. This event will consist of plenary sessions, workshops and technical sessions.
The day’s theme sets the goal of reaching zero human deaths from canine rabies by the year 2030. At the global conference on rabies elimination in 2015, a common goal of zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030 was agreed by the World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and GARC.
The World Maritime Day was celebrated across the world on 28 September 2017 with the theme ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’. Its main objective is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016, ‘Shipping: indispensable to the world’.
This year, the celebration of World Tourism Day focuses on how sustainable tourism can contribute to development of world. Sustainable tourism is defined as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts. Moreover, the year 2017 in itself is being celebrated as 'International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development' following the proclamation by UN General Assembly on 22 December 2015.
The United General Assembly declared 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in December 2013 through its resolution A/RES/68/32 as a follow-up to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament in September 2013.
The International Day of Peace was observed across the world with the theme Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.
The Day commemorates the date of the signing of the 'Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer'. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. The principal aim of the Montreal Protocol is to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control total global production and consumption of substances that deplete it.
The International Day of Democracy was observed across the world on 15 September 2017. The day was celebrated this year with the theme ‘Democracy and Conflict prevention’. This year's theme focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability.
The day marks the adaptation of Hindi language as the official language of India by the Constituent Assembly of India on 14 September 1949. The decision of using Hindi as official language was ratified by Indian Constitution via amendment 343 which stated that all government communications will be penned in Hindi (Devanagari Script). This amendment came into effect on 26 January 1950.
South-South cooperation is a broad framework of collaboration among countries of the South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. The history of the South-South cooperation begins in 1949 with the establishment of the UN technical aid programme by the Economic and Social Council and the creation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1969.
The 51st International Literacy Day was celebrated across the world on 8 September 2017 with the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.
Teacher's day was created in 1962 to mark the birth anniversary of the second president of India Dr S Radhakrishnan, who was also an academician and teacher.
The Day commemorates the death anniversary of Mother Teresa who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her charity work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress.
The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances was observed across the world on 30 August 2017.
The Day is observed through the coordination of various activities all over the world such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, instruction in academic institutions, media broadcasts and others.
India is celebrating its National Sports Day on 29 August 2017 to mark the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, the hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936.
The Day marks the anniversary of the 1791 insurrection of enslaved men and women in the western part of the island of Santo Domingo, which is now known as Haiti.
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) was observed across the globe on 19 August 2017 with the theme #NotATarget.
The Day came into existence through the recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in August 1998 that 12 August should be declared International Youth Day.
The 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, also known as August Kranti Andolan, was celebrated across India on 9 August 2017.
The 3rd National Handloom Day was observed across India on 7 August in order to promote indigenous creations and honour the skill and dedication of handloom weavers of the country.
The day aims at raising awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promoting and protecting their rights.