• International Day of Older Persons

    The General Assembly of the United Nations designated October 1st as International Day of Older Persons. This Day was observed for the first time throughout the world on October 1st, 1991. By designating a special Day for seniors, the Assembly was giving recognition to the contributions of seniors to development and also drawing attention to a demographic phenomenon: the greying of the population, the “age of aging”.


  • World Teachers’ Day

    World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually on October 5. Each year this UNESCO website focuses on an issue of importance. The website gives access to publications and press releases.


  • Carers Week

    Carers Week is a national awareness week held during October each year in Australia. The event was established to promote and raise awareness of the valuable role that carers play in our community and to generate discussion about carer issues. Carers Week also provides an opportunity for carers to come together, support one another and share ideas and information.


  • World Food Day

    Celebrated annually on the 16th of October, World Food Day draws attention to the international effort needed to defeat hunger. The aim of World Food Day, proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

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  • International Day for Eradication of Poverty

    In 1992, the General Assembly, declared 17 October the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The observance of the Day aims to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries – a need that has become a development priority.


  • Anti poverty week

    Anti-Poverty Week is an Australia-wide initiative that began several years ago and continues to grow. This website provides a place where people who are interested in the Week can

    • find out about activities being held during the Week.
    • find out ways of joining in the Week
    • access resources about issues of poverty and hardship
    • get information about useful contacts.


  • Children’s week Australia

    Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. It begins on the Saturday prior to Universal Children’s day which is always held on the 4th Wednesday of October. In 1996 it was decided to adopt a permanent theme: “A Caring World Shares” as a reflection of Children’s Week aims while at the same time acknowledging the designated year on national posters and other printed materials. Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. Thousands of children and their families around the country are involved in activities and events during “The Week” through the participation of schools, playgroups, kindergartens, cultural groups, libraries and community groups.


  • National Water Week

    National Water Week is an annual event held in October across Australia, hosted by each state and territory. It involves the community in protecting and conserving our precious water resources.


  • National Bandanna Day

    CanTeen is the Australian organisation for young people (aged 12-24) living with cancer. National Bandanna Day is their annual fund-raising event, on the last Friday in October. The bandanna was chosen as the symbol of CanTeen because certain forms of cancer treatment results in hair loss and many people choose to wear a bandanna during this period.


  • Pink Ribbon Day

    Come join the fight against breast cancer at this year’s Pink Ribbon Day with The Cancer Council Australia! Held annually in October, Pink Ribbon Day brings together communities from all over the nation supporting our work for people with breast cancer. No one should face breast cancer alone, and with the community’s help, together we will fund research, prevention and education campaigns, and foster hope for those affected by this life threatening disease. Only through your individual participation can the Pink Ribbon campaign continue to raise support for our close family members and friends with breast cancer.


  • World Development Day

    The General Assembly in 1972 instituted World Development Information Day to draw the attention of world public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them. The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide in principle with United Nations Day, 24 October. The Assembly felt that improving the dissemination of information and the mobilization of public opinion, particularly among young people, would lead to greater awareness of the problems of development, thus, promoting efforts in the sphere of international cooperation for development.


  • United Nations Day

    The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization.


  • International day for preventing the exploitation of the environment in war and armed conflict

    On 5 November 2001, the General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. In taking this action, it considered that damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation. The Assembly also recalled the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which emphasized the necessity of working to protect our common environment.