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Last Thursday night, the UNA chapter of Centre County was honored by the attendance of circa 60 guests to enjoy Dr Grace Hampton’s audience-engaging sharing of her interest and collection of fabrics from West Africa. She even used our Vice-President, Shawn Arnold, to model how to wear a traditional hand-woven fabric as well as showing how to wrap a traditional headdress.

There was a nice spread of many kinds of cheese, savory and sweet side snacks, and beverages were appreciatively taken part of as we had little to pack up and take home!

We also welcomed 3 new board members.

Jennifer Blackburn Miller

Shumail Memon

Stephen Woods

Thank you, Dr Hampton and to those who came.

A round of applause to all the board members who arranged the event.

Check our sites regularly for future events!

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( The 171 is according to my own calendar count!.)

The international observances (which also include weeks, years and decades) are some of the most visited pages on the UN website. Each international day has a dedicated website, available in the UN’s six official languages

The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.

Raise Awareness

International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.

Each international day offers many actors the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of the day. Organizations and offices of the United Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens, make an international day a springboard for awareness-raising actions.

Taking Action

The UN takes advantage of these Days to advise States on actions to tackle the serious problems around which many of these dates revolve. It is not unusual that a resolution is signed on the designated ID.

An Importance Indicator

The International Days also serve as an indicator of the interest that a given subject attracts in each part of the world. To find this out, the level of engagement that these commemorations receive in different regions and languages across the world are measured.

Well-known International days

International Women's Day (8 March)

International Peace Day (21 September)

United Nations Day (24 October) Of course!

Some trivia for your next event!

March 21 is the date of five different international days

June is the month with the most international days.

What would be your most relatable international day?

What would you add or delete from the list? (link below)

To read more about international days, how they are chosen and see a calendar, visit

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