Weeks

1 – 7 August – World Breastfeeding Week

Celebrated every year to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. This year, World Health Organisation is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of family-friendly policies to enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most.

Find out more on the World Breastfeeding Week website.

 

12 – 18 – August National Allotment Week

This week aims to bring people together and unite them through their shared love of low-cost, healthy fresh fruit and vegetables, physical exercise and social interaction. There will be a number of events and open days as they celebrate the Shared Harvest from plots around the country.  Find out what’s happening near you via the National Allotment Week website.

 

25 – 30 August – World Water Week

Organised by the SIWI this is the annual focal point for global water issues. Events take place in Sweden throughout the week including and you can register to join the World Water Week Community on their website, to share ideas and resources.

Days

12 August – International Youth Day

Commemorated every year in August, a different theme is selected every year to encourage youth around the world to organise activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country. The theme this year is ‘Transforming Education’. Find out more on the United Nations Youth website.

 

13 August – International Left-Handers Day

This day is observed each year in August in celebration of the uniqueness of left-handed people, as well as recognising the difficulties some may face. Just 10 per cent of the world’s population is left-handed, and men are more likely to be left-handed.

 

19 August – World Humanitarian Day

The purpose of World Humanitarian Day is to raise awareness of the plight of civilians around the world who have become caught up in conflicts, and also honour and raise support for the humanitarian workers who risk, and sometimes lose, their lives to help. Over 130 million people throughout the world are currently in crisis, either through war or natural disasters and are in need of humanitarian aid. Find out more, and help raise awareness, via the United Nations website.