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Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

The United Nations (UN) officially observes the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare on April 29 each year.

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What Do People Do

The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare gives people the chance to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare. It also allows governments and organizations to commit or reaffirm their commitment to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an organization that aims to end the threat of chemical weapons and promote the peace and security worldwide.

Public Life

The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is a UN observance and not a public holiday on April 29.

Background

In November 2005 the UN decided to observe a memorial “Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare” on April 29 each year. The date April 29 was chosen for this observance because it was when the Chemical Weapons Convention came into force.

Day to Remember Chemical Warfare Victims Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015WedApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2016FriApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2017SatApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2018SunApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2019MonApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2020WedApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2021ThuApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2022FriApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2023SatApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2024MonApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance
2025TueApr 29Day to Remember Chemical Warfare VictimsUnited Nations observance

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