International Years

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These are the international years 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.

2024

International Year of Camelids

A/RES/72/210

2023

International Year of Millets

A/RES/75/263

2022

International Year of Glass

A/RES/75/279

2021

International Year of Peace and Trust

A/RES/73/338

2019

International Year of Moderation

A/RES/72/129

2011

International Year of Forests

A/RES/61/193

2010

International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 — 11 August 2011)

A/RES/64/134

2010

International Year of the Seafarer

2009

International Year of Reconciliation

A/RES/61/17

2009

International Year of Natural Fibres

A/RES/61/189

2009

International Year of Human Rights Learning

A/RES/62/171

2009

Year of the Gorilla [UNEP and UNESCO]

 

2008

International Year of Sanitation

A/RES/61/192

2008

International Year of the Potato

A/RES/60/191

2007-2008

International Polar Year (WMO)

2006

International Year of Deserts and Desertification

A/RES/58/211

2005

International Year for Sport and Physical Education

A/RES/58/5

2005

International Year of Physics

A/RES/58/293

2004

International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition

A/RES/57/195

2004

International Year of Rice

A/RES/57/162

2003

Year of Kyrgyz Statehood

A/RES/57/248

2003

International Year of Freshwater

A/RES/55/196

2002

United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage

A/RES/56/8

2002

International Year of Mountains

A/RES/53/24

2002

International Year of Ecotourism

A/RES/53/200

2001

United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations

A/RES/53/22

2001

International Year of Volunteers

A/RES/52/17

2001

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

2000

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

1995

World Year of Peoples’ Commemoration of the Victims of the Second World War

A/RES/49/25

1994

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

nternational 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

1985

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

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)

1959/1960

World Refugee Year

A/RES/1285 (XIII)