80 Global Causes With The Power To Enhance Your Mission

Whether your mission is to promote peace, eradicate female genital mutilation, provide sustainable, clean water solutions, or anything else that positively changes people’s lives – there’s a global cause for that!

Based on Resolutions established by the General Assembly, the United Nations designated specific days to help promote and create awareness about development causes around the world. These causes, and some that have developed into campaigns, provide a cost-effective way to generate awareness about your mission and programmes. Most of them have an annual theme, campaign events and activities, and can be used in innovative ways to drive advocacy around your mission.

Note: The causes listed below were selected based on their relevance to African development. Visit the United Nations Website for a complete list of all the UN recognised causes and campaigns.

80 Global Causes and Campaigns


4 January
World Braille Day

24 January
International Day of Education


4 February
World Cancer Day

6 February
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

11 February
International Day of Women and Girls in Science

20 February
World Day of Social Justice

21 February
International Mother Language Day

27 February
World NGO Day


1 March
Zero Discrimination Day

3 March
World Wildlife Day

8 March
International Women’s Day

20 March
International Day of Happiness

21 March
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 March
World Down Syndrome Day

22 March
World Water Day

25 March
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade


2 April
World Autism Awareness Day

6 April
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

7 April
World Health Day

25 April
World Malaria Day


3 May
World Press Freedom Day

15 May
International Day of Families

21 May
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

23 May
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

29 May
International Day of UN Peacekeepers


1 June
Global Day of Parents

4 June
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 June
World Environment Day

8 June
World Oceans Day

12 June
World Day Against Child Labour

13 June
International Albinism Awareness Day

14 June
World Blood Donor Day

19 June
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

20 June
World Refugee Day

23 June
International Widows’ Day

26 June
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

27 June
Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day


6 July (first Saturday in July)
International Day of Cooperatives

11 July
World Population Day

15 July
World Youth Skills Day

18 July
Nelson Mandela International Day

30 July
International Day of Friendship

30 July
World Day against Trafficking in Persons


9 August
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

12 August
International Youth Day

19 August
World Humanitarian Day

21 August
International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

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


5 September
International Day of Charity

8 September
International Literacy Day

10 September
World Suicide Prevention Day

15 September
International Day of Democracy

21 September
International Day of Peace

23 September
International Day of Sign Languages

28 September
International Day for Universal Access to Information

27 September
World Tourism Day


1 October
International Day of Older Persons

2 October
International Day of Non-Violence

5 October
World Teachers’ Day

7 October (first Monday in October)
World Habitat Day

10 October
World Mental Health Day

11 October
International Day of the Girl Child

13 October
International Day for Disaster Reduction

15 October
International Day of Rural Women

16 October
World Food Day

17 October
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

24 October
United Nations Day

24 October
World Development Information Day


14 November
World Diabetes Day

16 November
International Day for Tolerance

19 November
World Toilet Day

20 November
Africa Industrialization Day

20 November
Universal Children’s Day

25 November
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


1 December
World AIDS Day

2 December
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 December
International Day of Persons with Disabilities

9 December
International Anti-Corruption Day

10 December
Human Rights Day

12 December
International Universal Health Coverage Day

18 December
International Migrants Day

20 December
International Human Solidarity Day

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