The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as
occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through
awareness and action, the objectives of the Organization. Usually, it is
one or more Member States that propose these observances and the General
Assembly establishes them with a resolution.

International Days of January

These are the international days of May, currently observed by the United
Nations.

MAY

2 May World Tuna Day
3 May World Press Freedom Day
8-9 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost
Their Lives During the Second World War
Second Saturday of May World Migratory Bird Day [UNEP]
15 May International Day of Families
16 May International Day of Living Together in Peace
16 May International Day of Light
17 May World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
17 May “Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon
20 May World Bee Day
21 May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and
Development
22 May International Day for Biological Diversity
23 May International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
29 May International Day of UN Peacekeepers

31 May
World No-Tobacco Day
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