World Civil Defense Day Date in the current year: March 1, 2016

World Civil Defense Day World Civil Defense Day was created by the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO) General Assembly in 1990. It commemorates the day, when the ICDO Constitution came into force as an intergovernmental organization in 1972.

ICDO was created in 1931 in Paris by French Surgeon-General George Saint-Paul. The organization was recognized by the French Parliament in June 1935 and in 1972 it achieved status of intergovernmental organization. Today 50 countries are the members of ICDO.

The ICDO Constitution has two main purposes that are aimed to bring attention of the world public to the vital importance of Civil Protection, raise awareness of the preparedness for self-protection and preventive measures to be taken in the event of accidents or disasters and pay tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of the national services responsible for the fight against disasters.

The countries of International Civil Defense Organization also observe their own national civil defense days, but on other dates. These observances also have to raise awareness of public protection from natural and technogenic disasters and rescue service work.

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