International Decades

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These are the international decades currently observed by the United Nations. The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of the Organization. Usually, it is one or more Member States that propose these observances and the General Assembly establishes them with a resolution. On occasion, these celebrations are declared by the specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, etc., when they concern issues that fall within the scope of their competencies. Some of them may be later adopted by the General Assembly.

2022–2032

International Decade of Indigenous Languages

A/RES/74/396 par.24

2018-2027

Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

A/RES/72/233

2016–2025

Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa

A/RES/70/293

2011–2020

Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

A/RES/65/119

2008–2017

Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

A/RES/62/205

2006–2016

Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions (third decade after the Chernobyl disaster)

A/RES/62/9

2005–2014

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

A/RES/57/254

2001–2010

International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World

A/RES/53/25

2001–2010

Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa

A/RES/60/221

2001–2010

Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

A/RES/55/146

1997–2006

Decade for The Eradication for Poverty

A/RES/50/107

1995–2004

Decade for Human Rights Education

A/RES/49/184

1994–2004

Decade of the World's Indigenous People

A/RES/48/163

1993–2003

Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

A/RES/48/91

1991–2000

Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa

A/RES/44/237 | A/RES/47/177

1991–2000

Second Transport and Communications Decade in Africa

A/RES/43/179

1991–2000

United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse

A/RES/S-17/2

1991–2000

Fourth United Nations Development Decade

A/RES/45/199

1990–2000

International Decade for the Eradification of Colonialism

A/RES/43/47

1990–1999

United Nations Decade of International Law

A/RES/44/23

1990–1999

International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction

A/RES/42/169 | A/RES/44/236

1990S

Third Disarmament Decade

A/RES/43/78 L | A/RES/45/62 A

1988–1997

World Decade for Cultural Development

A/RES/41/187

1983–1993

Second Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

A/RES/38/14

1983–1992

United Nations Decade for Disabled Persons

A/RES/37/53

1981–1990

International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade

A/RES/35/18

1981–1990

Third United Nations Development Decade

A/RES/35/56

1980–1990

Second Disarmament Decade

A/RES/35/46

1980s

Industrial Development Decade for Africa

A/RES/35/66 B

1976–1985

United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace

A/RES/3520 (XXX)

1973–1983

Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

A/RES/2919 (XXVII)

1971–1980

Second United Nations Development Decade

A/RES/2626 (XXV)

1970s

Disarmament Decade

A/RES/2602 E (XXIV)

1960–1970

United Nations Development Decade

A/RES/1710 (XVI)