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International Years

2016
International Year of Pulses A/RES/68/231
Draft:  A/68/444
2015
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies A/RES/68/221
Draft:
A/68/440/Add.2
2015
International Year of Soils A/RES/68/232
Draft:  A/68/444
2014
International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People A/RES/68/12
International Year of Small Island Developing States A/RES/67/206
International Year of Crystallography A/RES/66/284
International Year of Family Farming A/RES/66/222
2013
International Year of Water Cooperation A/RES/65/154
International Year of Quinoa A/RES/66/221
2012
International Year of Cooperatives A/RES/64/136
International Year of Sustainable Energy for All A/RES/65/151
2011
International Year for People of African Descent A/RES/64/169
International Year of Chemistry A/RES/63/209
International Year of Forests A/RES/61/193
International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 — 11 August 2011) A/RES/64/134
2010
International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 — 11 August 2011) A/RES/64/134
International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures A/RES/62/90
International Year of Biodiversity A/RES/61/203
International Year of the Seafarer  
2009
International Year of Reconciliation A/RES/61/17
International Year of Natural Fibres A/RES/61/189
International Year of Human Rights Learning A/RES/62/171
International Year of Astronomy A/RES/62/200
Year of the Gorilla (UNEP and UNESCO)  
2008
International Year of Planet Earth A/RES/60/192
International Year of Languages A/RES/61/266
International Year of Sanitation A/RES/61/192
International Year of the Potato A/RES/60/191
2007/08
International Polar Year (WMO)
2006
International Year of Deserts and Desertification A/RES/58/211
2005
International Year of Microcredit A/RES/53/197
International Year for Sport and Physical Education A/RES/58/5
International Year of Physics A/RES/58/293
2004
International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition A/RES/57/195
International Year of Rice A/RES/57/162
2003
Year of Kyrgyz Statehood A/RES/57/248
International Year of Freshwater A/RES/55/196
2002
United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage A/RES/56/8
International Year of Mountains A/RES/53/24
International Year of Ecotourism A/RES/53/200
2001
United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations A/RES/53/22
International Year of Volunteers A/RES/52/17
International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance A/RES/53/132
2000
International Year of Thanksgiving A/RES/52/16
International Year for the Culture of Peace A/RES/52/15
1999
International Year of Older Persons A/RES/47/5
A/RES/50/141
1998
International Year of the Ocean A/RES/49/131
1996
International Year for the Eradication of Poverty A/RES/48/183
1995
United Nations Year for Tolerance A/RES/48/126
World Year of Peoples’ Commemoration of the Victims of the Second World War A/RES/49/25
1994
International Year of the Family A/RES/44/82
International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal A/RES/48/10
1993
International Year for the World's Indigenous People A/RES/45/164
A/RES/47/75
1992
International Space Year A/RES/44/46
1990
International Literacy Year A/RES/42/104
1987
International Year of Shelter for The Homeless A/RES/36/71
A/RES/37/221
1986
International Year of Peace A/RES/37/16
A/RES/40/3
1985
Year of The United Nations A/RES/39/161 A
International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace A/RES/34/151
1983
World Communications Year; Development of Communication Infrastructures A/RES/36/40
1982
International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa A/RES/36/172 B
1981
International Year for Disabled Persons A/RES/31/123
1979
International Year of The Child A/RES/31/169
1978/79
International Anti-Apartheid Year A/RES/32/105 B
1975
International Women's Year A/RES/3010 (XXVII)
1974
World Population Year A/RES/2683 (XXV)
1971
International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice A/RES/2544 (XXIV)
1970
International Education Year A/RES/2306 (XXII)
A/RES/2412 (XXIII)
1968
International Year for Human Rights A/RES/2081 (XX)
1967
International Tourist Year A/RES/2148 (XXI)
1965
International Co-operation Year A/RES/1907 (XVIII)
1961
International Health and Medical Research Year A/RES/1283 (XIII)
1959/60
World Refugee Year A/RES/1285 (XIII)