Olive Tree

World Olive Tree Day

26 November

World Olive Tree Day was proclaimed at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019 and takes place on 26 November every year.

The olive tree, specifically the olive branch, holds an important place in the minds of men and women. Since ancient times, it has symbolized peace, wisdom and harmony and as such is important not just to the countries where these noble trees grow, but to people and communities around the world.

There is much to learn, share and celebrate on World Olive Tree Day, and UNESCO encourages everyone to join in through various activities such as debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and presentations or exhibitions.

"The olive tree is much more than merely a tree with a gnarled trunk; it is the emblematic embodiment of the values of peace, wisdom and hope – values that we wish to celebrate today, on this World Day."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO
Olive Tree

What does UNESCO do for World Olive Tree Day

Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines
Mediterranean diet
UNESCO art collection olive tree sculpture
UNESCO Tolerance Square Garden


World heritage agricultural landscapes
Oct. 2013


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