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World Development Information Day

Quick Facts

The United Nations' (UN) World Development Information Day falls on October 24 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Development Information DayEnglish
Día Mundial de Información sobre el DesarrolloSpanish
יום מידע עולמי לפיתוחHebrew
يوما عالميا للإعلام الإنمائيArabic
세계 개발 정보의 날Korean
Welttag der Information über EntwicklungsfragenGerman

World Development Information Day 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

World Development Information Day 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015
List of dates for other years

The United Nations' (UN) World Development Information Day is annually held on October 24 to draw attention of worldwide public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.

World Development Information Day activities attract the media, including television journalists.

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What do people do?

Many events are organized to focus attention on the work that the UN does, particularly with regard to problems of trade and development. Many of these are aimed at journalists working for a range of media, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines and Internet sites. Direct campaigns may also be organized in some areas. These may use advertisements in newspapers and on radio and television as well as posters in public places.

In South Africa, indabas (gatherings of community representatives with expertise in a particular area) are often held. Representatives of local, national and international bodies are invited to share, discuss and consolidate their ideas around a particular development issue of local or national importance.

Public life

World Development Information Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On May 17, 1972, the UN Conference on Trade and Development proposed measures for the information dissemination and the mobilization of public opinion relative to trade and development problems. These became known as resolution 3038 (XXVII), which was passed by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 1972.

This resolution called for introducing World Development Information Day to help draw the attention of people worldwide to development problems. A further aim of the event is to explain to the general public why it is necessary to strengthen international cooperation to find ways to solve these problems. The assembly also decided that the day should coincide with United Nations Day to stress the central role of development in the UN's work. World Development Information Day was first held on October 24, 1973, and has been held on this date each year since then.

In recent years, many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information technologies, such as Internet and mobile telephones can play in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development. One of the specific aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people and this change may help to further this aim.

World Development Information Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedOct 241990World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 241991World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 241992World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 241993World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 241994World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 241995World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 241996World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 241997World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 241998World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 241999World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 242000World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 242001World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 242002World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 242003World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 242004World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 242005World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 242006World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 242007World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 242008World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 242009World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 242010World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 242011World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 242012World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 242013World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 242014World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 242015World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 242016World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 242017World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 242018World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 242019World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 242020World Development Information DayUnited Nations observance 
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