Important International Years

Years


•1959/1960 - World Refugee Year

•1961 - International Health and Medical Research Year

•1965 - International Cooperation Year

•1967 - International Tourist Year

•1968 - International Year for Human Rights

•1970 - International Education Year

•1971 - International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

•1974 - World Population Year

•1975 - International Women's Year

•1978/1979 - International Anti-Apartheid Year

•1979 - International Year of the Child

•1981 - International Year of Disabled Persons

•1982 - International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions against South Africa

•1983 - World Communications Year

•1984 - Year of Women in South Africa [2]

•1985 - Year of the United Nations

•1985 - International Youth Year

•1986 - International Year of Peace

•1987 - International Year of Shelter for the Homeless

•1990 - International Literacy Year

•1992 - International Space Year

•1993 - International Year of the World's Indigenous People

•1994 - International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal

•1994 - International Year of the Family

•1995 - World Year of Peoples' Commemoration of Victims of the Second World War

•1995 - United Nations Year for Tolerance

•1996 - International Year for the Eradication of Poverty

•1998 - International Year of the Ocean

•1999 - International Year of Older Persons

•2000 - International Year of Thanksgiving

•2000 - International Year for the Culture of Peace

•2001 - International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

•2001 - International Year of Volunteers

•2001 - United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations

•2002 - International Year of Ecotourism [3]

•2002 - International Year of Mountains [4] United Nations General Assembly Resolution 24 session 53 (retrieved 2007-11-19)

•2002 - United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage [5]

•2003 - International Year of Freshwater [6]

•2003 - European Disability Year

•2004 - International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition [7]

•2004 - International Year of Rice

•2005 - International Year for Sport and Physical Education

•2005 - International Year of Microcredit [8]

•2005 - World Year of Physics (declared by IUPAP) [9]

•2006 - International Year of Deserts and Desertification

•2007 - Year of the Dolphin (extended to 2008)

•(2007)-2008-(2009) - International Year of Planet Earth - (N.B. Triennium) - [10] and [11] & [12]

•2007 - Year of the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia

•2008 - International Year of Languages

•2008 - International Year of the Potato

•2008 - International Year of Sanitation

•2009 - International Year of Astronomy [13] (proposal accepted by 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaimed by United Nations 62nd General Assembly)

•2009 - International Year of Natural Fibres [14]

•2009 - International Year of Reconciliation [15]
•2010 - International Year of Communications

•2011 - International Year of Forests





Decades


•1976–1985 - United Nations Decade for Women [16]

•1994–2004 - First International Decade of the World's Indigenous People [17]

•1997–2006 - First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty [18]

•2000–2010 - Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism [19] (pdf)

•2001–2010 - International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World [20], recognized by the UN

•2003–2012 - United Nations Literacy Decade [21]

•2005–2014 - United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development - [22]

•2005–2014 - Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People [23]

•2005–2015 - Water for Life Decade

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