United Nations Organization UNO International Years

»  The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades, each with a theme, or topic.
»  By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on various issues.
»  Since 1959 the UN has designated International Years in order to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action to address concerns which have global importance and ramifications.
»  The majority of observances have been established by resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, although some have been designated by UN specialized agencies.
»  The United Nations (UN) dedicates an entire calendar year to focus on particular topics or themes. Many countries actively participate in promoting these years.


The following is the list of years designated to date by United Nations (UN)
Year
Name
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 Crystallography
2014
International Year of Family Farming
2014
International Year of Small Island Developing States
2013
International Year of Water Cooperation
2013
International Year of Quinoa
2012
Alan Turing Year
2011
World Veterinary Year 2011
2011
International Year for People of African Descent, recognized by UNESCO, proclaimed by UN on December 18, 2009
2011
International Year of Chemistry, recognized by UNESCO
2011
International Year of Advanced Skills
2011
International Year of Forests
2010
International Year of Youth
2010
International Year of Biodiversity
2010
International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
2010
International Year of Communications
2009
International Year of the Shark
2009
Year of the Gorilla
2009
International Year of Reconciliation
2009
International Year of Natural Fibres
2009
International Year of Astronomy (proposal accepted by 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaimed by United Nations 62nd General Assembly)
2008
International Year of Sanitation
2008
International Year of the Potato
2008
International Year of Languages
2007
Year of the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia
2007 – 2008 –(2009)
International Polar Year
2007 – 2008
International Heliophysical Year
2007
International Year of the Scout
2007
Year of the Dolphin (extended to 2008)
2006
International Year of Deserts and Desertification
2005
World Year of Physics (declared by IUPAP)
2005
International Year of Microcredit
2005
International Year for Sport and Physical Education
2004
International Year of Rice
2004
International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition
2003
European Disability Year
2003
International Year of Freshwater
2002
United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage
2002
International Year of Mountains
2002
International Year of Ecotourism
2001
United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations
2001
International Year of Volunteers
2001
International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
2000
International Year for the Culture of Peace
1999
International Men's Day
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
1995
World Year of Peoples' Commemoration of Victims of the Second World War
1994
International Year of the Family
1994
International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal
1993
International Year of the World's Indigenous People
1992
International Space Year
1990
International Literacy Year
1987
International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
1986
International Year of Peace
1985
International Youth Year
1985
Year of the United Nations
1984
Year of Women in South Africa [16]
1983
World Communications Year
1982
International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions against South Africa
1981
International Year of Disabled Persons
1979
International Year of the Child
1978 - 1979
International Anti-Apartheid Year
1975
International Women's Year
1974
World Population Year
1971
International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination
1970
International Education Year
1968
International Year for Human Rights
1967
International Tourist Year
1965
International Cooperation Year
1961
International Health and Medical Research Year
1959 - 1960
World Refugee Year

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UN international year of sustainable energy for all- 2017
UN international year of quinoa- 2013
UN international year of soils- 2015
UN international year 2016 - International Year of Pulses
UN international year 2017- International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

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