List of United Nations International Years

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United Nations is the world’s biggest diplomatic organization. The UN acts as a platform where countries come together to resolve their issues and also to unite against global problems. In order to emphasize the importance of certain subjects, and to raise awareness, the UN declares a year as a United Nations International Year of that specific subject. The global observance of UN International Year ensures that the subject gets attention from all countries. This is the reason why the UN International Years are very important. Today, we are presenting the full list of UN International Years that have been observed so far.

List of United Nations International Years

List of United Nations International Years
Year International Year as Designated by the UN
2021 International Year of Peace and Trust
2021 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor
2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife [Nodal Agency: WHO]
Also see: International Nurses Day
2020 International Year of Plant Health
2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
2018 Not declared
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
2016 International Year of Pulses
2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
2015 International Year of Soils
2014 International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States
2014 International Year of Family Farming
2014 International Year of Crystallography
2013 International Year of Water Cooperation
2013 International Year of Quinoa
2012 International Year of Cooperatives
2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
2011 International Year for People of African Descent
2011 International Year of Chemistry
2011 International Year of Forests
2011 International Year of Youth
2010 International Year of the Seafarer
2010 International Year of Biodiversity
2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
2009 International Year of Reconciliation
2009 International Year of Natural Fibers
2009 International Year of Human Rights Learning
2009 International Year of Astronomy
Also see: International Astronomy Day
2009 Year of the Gorilla [Nodal Agencies: UNEP and UNESCO]
2008 International Year of Planet Earth
2008 International Year of Languages
2008 International Year of Sanitation
2008 International Year of the Potato
2007 International Polar Year (Nodal Agency: WMO)
2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification
2005 International Yeat of Microcredit
2005 International Year of Physics
2005 International Year for Sport and Physical Education
2004 International Rice Year
2003 Year of Kyrgyz Statehood
2003 International Year of Freshwater
2002 Year for Cultural Heritage, Ecotourism year, Mountains Year
2001 International Year of Volunteers
2000 Peace and Cultural Year
1999 International Year of Older Persons
1998 International Year of the Ocean
1996 International Year for the Eradication of Poverty
1995 United Nations Year for Tolerance
1994 International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal
1994 International Year of the Family
Also see: International Day of Families
1993 International Year for the World’s Indigenous People
1992 International Space Year
1990 International Literacy Year
1987 Year of Shelter for the Homeless
1986 International Year of Peace
1985 Year of the United Nations
1985 International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace
1983 World Communications Year; Development of Communication Infrastructures
1982 International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa
1981 International Year for Disabled Persons
1978-79 International Anti-Apartheid Year
1979 International Year of The Child
1975 International Women’s Year
1974 World Population Year
1971 International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice
1970 International Education Year
1968 International Year for Human Rights
1967 International Tourism Year
1965 International Co-operation Year
1961 International Health and Medical Research Year
1959-60 World Refugees year
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