List of United Nations International Years

United Nations International Years

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United Nations International Years

What is United Nations International Years?

The United Nations has been observing designated years, decades, weeks, and days with a specific theme. The main reason behind this is to promote awareness Internationally and also to take actions on very serious issues. The United Nations International Years are being observed since 1959. The focus of observing International Years to draw attention to major issues and also to encourage action at international level.

United Nations International Years is one of the major topics in General Knowledge Section.

Complete List of United Nations International Years

S. No



12019International Year of Indigenous Languages
22017International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
32016International Year of Pulses
42015International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
International Year of Soils
52014International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
International Year of Small Island Developing States
International Year of Crystallography
International Year of Family Farming
62013International Year of Water Cooperation
International Year of Quinoa
72012International Year of Cooperatives
International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
82011International Year for People of African Descent
International Year of Chemistry
International Year of Forests
International Year of Youth
92010International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 — 11 August 2011)
International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
International Year of Biodiversity
International Year of the Seafarer
102009International Year of Planet Earth
International Year of Languages
International Year of Sanitation
International Year of the Potato
112007 – 2008International Polar Year
122006International Year of Deserts and Desertification
132005International Year of Microcredit
International Year for Sport and Physical Education
International Year of Physics
142004International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition
International Year of Rice
152003Year of Kyrgyz Statehood
International Year of Freshwater
162002United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage
International Year of Mountains
International Year of Ecotourism
172001United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations
International Year of Volunteers
International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
182000International Year of Thanksgiving
International Year for the Culture of Peace
191999International Year of Older Persons
201998 International Year of the Ocean
211996International Year for the Eradication of Poverty
221995United Nations Year for Tolerance
World Year of Peoples’ Commemoration of the Victims of the Second World War
231994International Year of the Family
International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal
241993International Year for the World’s Indigenous People
251992International Space Year
261990International Literacy Year
271987International Year of Shelter for The Homeless
281986International Year of Peace
291985Year of the United Nations
International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace
301983World Communications Year; Development of Communication Infrastructures
311982International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa
321981International Year for Disabled Persons
331979International Year of The Child
341978/79International Anti-Apartheid Year
351975International Women’s Year
361974World Population Year
371971International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice
381970International Education Year
391968International Year for Human Rights
401967International Tourist Year
411965International Co-operation Year
421961International Health and Medical Research Year
431959/1960World Refugee Year

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