International Day of Neutrality

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2022 Date12 December 2022
2023 Date12 December 2023
International Day of Neutrality

International Day of Neutrality History

International Day of Neutrality seeks to strengthen peace and security in appropriate regions and at a global level. This day aims to develop peaceful, friendly, and mutually beneficial relations between different countries of the world.

International Day of Neutrality was established in 2017 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on December 12th.

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International Day of Neutrality Facts & Quotes

  • The U.N’s policy of neutrality is based on their tools of preventive diplomacy. According to the U.N, preventive diplomacy includes: early warning and prevention of conflict, mediation, good offices, fact-finding missions, negotiation, the use of special envoys, informal consultations, peacebuilding and targeted development activities.
  • Turkmenistan is the only country in the world that has been given a permanent status of neutrality. It was granted permanent neutrality by the U.N General Assembly in 1995.
  • Neutrality is defined by the U.N as, the legal status arising from the abstention of a state from all participation in a war between other states, the maintenance of an attitude of impartiality toward the belligerents, and the recognition by the belligerents of this abstention and impartiality.

International Day of Neutrality Top Events and Things to Do

  • As of 2020, the U.N has 13 ongoing peacekeeping operations in countries like Mali and India. Learn more about the U.N’s peacekeeping strategies and how you can help maintain neutrality at What Is Peacekeeping?
  • Explore a historical timeline to learn more about the U.N's record of peacekeeping. Learn more at Timeline of UN Peacekeeping.
  • Watch a film or documentary about the U.N's involvement in foreign affairs and their attempts to end conflict and maintain neutrality. Here are our suggestions:
    The Whistleblower 2010
    The Peacekeepers 2005
    Hotel Rwanda 2004

International Day of Neutrality - References and Related Sites

UN: Neutrality Day

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