International Awareness Days and Weeks in April 2022

From ‘World Autism Awareness Day’, which is observed on April 2, to ‘International Jazz Day’ celebrated on April 30, we have compiled a long list of all the Awareness Days marked in April 2022 that you should know of to help bring about a change.

With so many things going on around the world, we must raise awareness of these issues concerning us and the people on this planet. One such way of doing so is by observing international days and weeks that are occasions held to educate the public on issues of concern.

April 2, 2022

World Autism Awareness Day

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This year‘s observance of ‘World Autism Awareness Day’ will address “inclusive education in the context of SDG 4 – the promise and reality – through a virtual event”. The event will include a moderated panel discussion, along with brief presentations by self-advocates, educators and other experts.

According to the UN website, “The theme of inclusive education is intrinsically linked with the focus of last year’s WAAD observance, “Inclusion in the Workplace” with panelists in last year’s event emphasizing how crucial it is to foster inclusive quality education for people on the autism spectrum.” This is so that they can fulfill their potential and achieve sustainable success in the labor market.

“In this respect, inclusive education is the key to the transformative promise of the Sustainable Development Goals, to LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND,” states the United Nations website.

The event is organized by the UN Department of Global Communications and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. It is supported by civil society partners. This includes the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Global Autism Project and the Specialisterne Foundation.

To learn more about World Autism Awareness Day, visit the UN website: HERE

 

April 4, 2022

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 

On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that every year, April 4 shall be observed as the ‘International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action’. It “called for continued efforts by States with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.”

This year’s theme for the observation of the day is: “Safe Ground, Safe Steps, Safe Home,” with the focus of the observance being on the impressive achievements of the global mine action community.

Visit the UN website to learn more about International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action: HERE

 

April 5, 2022

International Day of Conscience 

The General Assembly declared April 5 the International Day of Conscience. They took this decision keeping in mind the “conscious of the need for the creation of conditions of stability and well-being and peaceful and friendly relations based on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion,” as per the UN website.

The General Assembly invites officials and individuals to “build the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through quality education and public awareness-raising activities, thereby fostering sustainable development.”

To learn more about the International Day of Conscience, visit the UN website: HERE

 

April 6, 2022

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Sports have a vast reach. It has unparalleled popularity and a foundation of positive values. Therefore, it is ideally positioned to contribute toward the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace and to raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly.

“The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition by the UN of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development,” states the UN website.

Visit the UN website to learn more about the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: HERE

 

April 7, 2022

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

On 7 April, UNESCO commemorates the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly (link is external) in 2003. 7 April is the date that marks the beginning of the genocide perpetrated against members of the Tutsi minority by the Hutu extremist-led government.

According to UNESCO, “within just over 100 days, more than 1 million Tutsi were systematically murdered and moderate Hutu and others who opposed the massacres were also killed during this period.” “UNESCO is committed to promoting education about genocides as a means to sensitize learners for the causes, dynamics and consequences of such crimes and to strengthen their resilience against all forms of discrimination,” states their website.

To learn more about the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, visit the UNESCO website: HERE   

 

World Health Day

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World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7. Each year, it draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. April 7 also marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.

Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website to learn more about World Health Day: HERE

 

April 12, 2022

International Day of Human Space Flight

On 4 October 1957, the first human-made Earth satellite Sputnik I was launched into outer space. This opened the way for space exploration, and on 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth. On this day, a new chapter of human endeavor in outer space. The General Assembly declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

They did this “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes,” as per the UN website.

Visit the UN website to learn more about the International Day of Human Space Flight: HERE

 

April 14, 2022

World Chagas Disease Day [WHO]

April 14 is marked as World Chagas Disease Day and was observed for the first time in 2020. Chagas disease, also known as “silent or silenced disease”, “affects mainly poor people without access to health care or people without a political voice,” as per the WHO website. The disease progresses slowly.

It often shows an asymptomatic clinical course and without treatment, Chagas disease can lead to severe cardiac and digestive alterations and become fatal, as per WHO. WHO website states: “Raising awareness of the disease is essential to improve the rates of early treatment and cure, together with the interruption of its transmission.”

To learn more about World Chagas Disease Day visit the WHO website: HERE

 

April 20, 2022

Chinese Language Day

As per the UN website, the date April 20 was selected as the Chinese Language Day as the date was “selected from Guyu (“Rain of Millet”), which is the 6th of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian calendars, to pay tribute to Cangjie,” is a very important figure in ancient China. Language Days at the UN “seek to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization,” states the website.

Visit the UN website to learn more about Chinese Language Day: HERE

 

April 21, 2022

World Creativity and Innovation Day

The United Nations declared 21 April as World Creativity and Innovation Day. The day was marked to “raise the awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.” Creativity has, both, monetary and non-monetary value as the creative economy is a “highly transformative sector of the world economy in terms of income generation, job creation, and export earnings,” as per the UN website.

This creative economy includes audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing, and visual arts. At the same time, creativity and culture have a significant non-monetary value. It contributes to inclusive social development, to dialogue and understanding between peoples.

To learn more about the World Creativity and Innovation Day, visit the UN website: HERE

 

April 22, 2022

International Mother Earth Day

April 22 is celebrated as International Mother Earth Day. Nature and Mother Earth are clearly suffering. “This International Mother Earth Day, let’s remind ourselves – more than ever – that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet,” states the UN website.

Visit the UN website to learn more about International Mother Earth Day: HERE

 

April 23, 2022

World Book and Copyright Day

World Book and Copyright Day are celebrated on April 23. Through reading and celebration of the day, we can open ourselves to others despite the distance. We can travel thanks to imagination. The UNESCO website states: “In the preparation for World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO encourages you to challenge yourself, to explore new topics, formats, or genres that are out of your ordinary. Our goal is to engage people in reading, and to have fun doing so!”

To learn more about World Book and Copyright Day visit the UNESCO website: HERE

 

English Language Day

After celebrating Chinese Language Day on April 20, English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on April 23. The date is traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The purpose of observing this day is the same as what we mentioned earlier, “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization,” as per the UN website.

Visit the UN website to learn more about English Language Day: HERE

 

Spanish Language Day

The Spanish Language Day is celebrated on the same day as the English Language Day on April 23 with the same purpose of celebrating multilingualism and cultural diversity and promoting equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.

To learn more about Spanish Language Day visit the UN website: HERE

 

April 24, 2022 – April 30, 2022

World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week is celebrated in the last week of April. It aims to “highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease,” as per the WHO website.

WHO works with countries across the globe. They do this to “raise awareness of the value of vaccines and immunization and ensure that governments obtain the necessary guidance and technical support to implement high-quality immunization programs.”

The theme for the World Immunization Week 2022  is “Long Life for All In pursuit of a long life well lived” and the ultimate goal of the Week is for “more people – and their communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Visit the WHO website to learn more about World Immunization Week: HERE
Visit the World Immunization Day 2022 campaign site: HERE

 

April 25, 2022

World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is observed on April 25. It is an occasion to “highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.” World Malaria Day was instituted by the WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007.

To learn more about World Malaria Day visit the WHO website: HERE

 

International Delegate’s Day

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 25 April as International Delegate’s Day. This decision was taken to “raise awareness of the role of the representatives and delegates of the Member States to the United Nations.”

International Delegate’s Day marks the anniversary of the first day of the San Francisco Conference. This was also known as the United Nations Conference on International Organization. On 25 April 1945, delegates from fifty countries came together for the first time in San Francisco after the devastation of the second world war. “Their aim was to set up an organization that would restore world peace and imposes rules on the post-war world order,” states the UN website.

Visit the UN website to learn more about International Delegate’s Day: HERE

 

April 26, 2022

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

In the now territories of Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 spread a radioactive cloud. (It spread over large parts of the then Soviet Union). “Nearly 8.4 million people in the three countries were exposed to the radiation” and on “8 December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 26 April as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day,” states the UN website.

It recognized that three decades after the disaster, there remain persistent serious long-term consequences. As per the UN, the “affected communities and territories are experiencing continuing related needs” and the General Assembly invites all to observe the day.

To learn more about International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day visit the UN website: HERE

 

World Intellectual Property Day

April 26 is celebrated as World Intellectual Property Day. Its theme this year focuses on IP and Youth innovating for a Better Future. “We explore how these innovative, energetic and creative minds are driving positive change,” states the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

According to the WIPO, the day is observed to “learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.” “World IP Day 2022 celebrates the huge potential of young people to innovate and drive change for a better future.”

Visit the WIPO website to learn more about World Intellectual Property Day: HERE

 

April 28, 2022

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed on 28 April. It promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an “awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries,” states the UN website.

To learn more about the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, visit the UN website: HERE

 

International Girls in ICT Day

This year International Girls in ICT Day will be celebrated on April 28 and its theme is “Access and Safety”. As per the ITU website, the theme this year was “selected due to the discouraging and dangerous obstacles girls can sometimes face in the digital environment.” “In consultation with girls and young women, we identified challenges to highlight that they may face as they begin their journey in the digital environment, and possible solutions to these challenges,” states the ITU website.

“This year and every year, ITU and its partners will work together on developing solutions and ideas for lowering barriers and improving safety online. When girls can safely access and explore the digital world, they can start to imagine future STEM careers, ICT education, and futures in technology for themselves.”

Visit the ITU website to learn more about the International Girls in ITU Day: HERE

 

April 30, 2022

International Jazz Day

Celebrated on April 20, the International Jazz Day “raises awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as a force for peace, unity, dialogue, and enhanced cooperation among people, as well as an educational tool.”

To learn about International Jazz Day, visit the UN website: HERE

 

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