International awareness days and weeks are observed each month to help us learn more about issues affecting people around us as well as our environment. They enlighten us and bring people together to take action and also to celebrate languages, people, and more. From ‘World Day of Parents’ celebrated on June 1 to ‘ International Asteroid Day’ and ‘International Day of Parliamentarism’ observed on June 20, we have compiled a list of all the awareness days and weeks in June 2023 that you should know of.
June 1, 2023
Global Day of Parents
Parents play a key role in children’s lives and well-being. They are children’s caretakers and have the responsibility of looking after and protecting their kids. The Global Day of Parents on June 1 gives us an opportunity to appreciate parents for the sacrifices they’ve made and their love and affection toward their children.
June 3, 2023
World Bicycle Day
The World Bicycle Day on June 3 highlights the many benefits of cycling. In addition to being an affordable and sustainable means of transportation, using a bicycle also has many health benefits. Moderate-intensity physical activity every day is important to our bodies. Sports, cycling, and walking reduce the risks of many diseases including diabetes, and stroke.
June 4, 2023
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
During war and armed conflicts, children are the most vulnerable as they become victims of violence. Therefore, the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was observed to spread awareness about the children suffering from mental, emotional, and physical abuse in the world. Millions of children on the planet suffer excruciating pain because of violence. The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on June 4 this year.
June 5, 2023
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 to help draw attention to environmental issues. #BeatPlasticPollution is the theme for the day this year. Less than 10% of the millions of tonnes of plastic produced each year is recycled. Much of this plastic also ends up in water bodies and we all have consumed or inhaled plastic particles which are harmful to our health. Moreover, it also affects our ecosystem. The World Environment Day gives us an opportunity to urge people to help protect the environment.
International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing leads to major losses. Fish provides food, boosts the economy, generates income, and creates jobs. The International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing is observed on June 5 to spread awareness about the negative effects of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
June 6, 2023
Russian Language Day
The Russian Langauge Day is celebrated on June 6 and promotes cultural diversity. One of the most renowned Russian poets Alexander Pushkin was also born on June 6. The day also helps us learn more about the Russian language and its literature and also celebrates multilingualism.
June 7, 2023
World Food Safety Day
Contaminated food affects millions of people around the world. The World Food Safety Day on June 7 urges us to make sure food stays safe from the time it is produced till it reaches our home or when it is consumed. Bacteria, viruses, and more in food cause hundreds of foodborne diseases. They enter our bodies through contaminated food and can also lead to death.
June 8, 2023
World Oceans Day
Most of the fish population has been exhausted. World Ocean Day underlines the role of oceans in our everyday lives as they are a massive source of food, oxygen, and employment and draws attention to the consequences of human actions. The 2023 theme for the day is Planet Ocean: tides are Changing.
June 12, 2023
World Day Against Child Labor
World Day Against Child Labor is observed on June 12. Children engage in child labor in many parts of the world. This can be a threat to their physical and mental development and may also be hazardous to them. All children have the right to be protected, as well as the right to health and education. This Day spreads awareness about the atrocious practice of employing kids as laborers. It helps inform parents about this unlawful practice and also urges people to end it and take action to rescue child laborers. The slogan for the World Day Against Child Labor this year is ‘Social Justice for All. End Child Labour!’
June 13, 2023
International Albinism Awareness Day
Albinism is a rare health condition in which a person lacks (melanin) in their eyes, skin, and hair. It is genetically inherited and both parents pass on the genes whether they have albinism or not. Albinism causes vulnerability to the sun and bright light which is why many people with albinism are visually impaired. Those with this non-contagious condition are also prone to developing skin cancer.
If their health is well taken care of, many people with this condition can be saved from losing their life to skin cancer. People with albinism often face discrimination because of their appearance. The International Albinism Awareness Day is observed on June 13 to raise awareness about albinism as many are still misunderstood and ignorant about this condition.
June 14, 2023
World Blood Donor Day
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14 to emphasize the need for safe blood. The Day gives us an opportunity to express our gratitude to voluntary and unpaid blood donors for helping save lives.
June 15, 2023
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on June 15. In addition to suffering from or having a high risk of illnesses, elderly people are also mistreated and become victims of discrimination based on age. The senior people are often neglected and some people are even violent towards them. This day encourages us to take care of the elderly, end the abuse they endure and speak out against their mistreatment.
June 16, 2023
International Day of Family Remittances
The International Day of Family Remittances on June 16 recognizes the resilience of millions of migrant workers who help support their families back home. They send money back home and also help during a crisis like natural and climate-related disasters.
June 17, 2023
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought gives us an opportunity to inform people about the different ways to prevent desertification. Droughts are not only a threat to developing nations but developed nations too and will be affecting more people and parts of the world in the coming years. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17 also educates people about methods of recuperating from a drought.
June 18, 2023
International Day for Countering Hate Speech
June 18 is International Day for Countering Hate Speech this year. With the use of the internet, spreading hateful messages and hate has increased over the years. Gowing hate speech also threatens world peace. Racism, misogyny, anti-semitism, xenophobia, and anti-Muslim hate speech are amplified through social media. This hate speech can even lead to conflicts. The International Day for Countering Hate Speech was designated to underline the need for combating hate speech. The day also helps to promote peace, unity, and tolerance.
June 19, 2023
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
There are many devastating effects of armed conflicts. Lives are lost, people are seriously injured, their mental health is threatened and some even become victims of sexual violence. The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed on June 19, which highlights the plight of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. There is an increasing amount of sexual violence in conflicts and we must band together to defend them, and their rights, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
June 20, 2023
World Refugee Day
The World Refugee Day on June 20 celebrates refugees all over the world. This day recognizes the bravery of people who had been forced to flee their homes. World Refugee encourages us to emphasize refugees. The day also helps us to understand their plight.
June 21, 2023
International Day of Yoga
The International Day of Yoga is celebrated on June 21 to highlight the many benefits of yoga.
International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice
Every year, the summer solstice, when the sun is at its highest point, is celebrated on June 21. Many cultures celebrate the solstice and there this day is an opportunity to promote harmony.
June 23, 2023
United Nations Public Service Day
The United Nations Public Service Day on June 23 celebrates the work of public servants. It emphasizes the importance of public service and encourages the youth to pursue a career in the public sector.
International Widows’ Day
Till today, many nations in the world mistreat widows. The fight for their basic rights becomes even more difficult, some are denied inheritance rights. They face discrimination and can even lose their property. International Widows’ Day observed on June 23 draws attention to the issues affecting widows all over the world.
June 24, 2023
International Day of Women in Diplomacy
International Day of Women in Diplomacy on June 24 celebrates women for their work in the field of diplomacy. The day also recognizes women in diplomacy for their leadership skills.
June 25, 2023
Day of the Seafarer
Day of the Seafarer is celebrated on June 25. The Day highlights the contribution of seafarers to the world economy and an opportunity to thank those working at the sea.
June 26, 2023
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 raises awareness about the impacts of illicit drugs and drug abuse.
United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
The UN aims to end the torture of people worldwide. Therefore, June 26 has been designated as the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture to spread awareness about human torture. The Day also informs people that torture is illegal.
June 27, 2023
Micro-, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day
The Micro-, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day on June 27 highlights the importance of these businesses and companies. They play a significant role in the economy of a country and enlighten people about their contribution to the world economy.
June 29, 2023
International Day of the Tropics
The International Day of the Tropics on June 29 underlines the issues and difficulties faced by tropical areas.
June 30, 2023
International Asteroid Day
On June 30, 1908, a meteor air burst hit near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia. Therefore, June 30 was designated as International Asteroid Day to help take steps on how to protect ourselves as well as our mother Earth from a potential asteroid impact.
International Day of Parliamentarism
The International Day of Parliamentarism on June 30 helps us to learn more about the progress parliaments are making and understand the importance of and the significant role parliaments play in our lives.