International Years Declared by UNO


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What is United Nations International Years? 

Since 1959 The United Nations (UN) has been observing designated years, decades, weeks, and days with a specific goal as International Years. 

The main purpose behind the motive is to promote awareness Internationally and also to take actions on very serious issues which have Global importance and ramifications. Many countries actively participate in promoting these years. 

The United Nations International Years is one of the most major subject in General Knowledge Section. 

Therefore World_Polity gives you the complete detail List of United Nations International Years. 


 1. The UN YEAR 2024

• International Year of Camelids

 2. The UN YEAR 2022

• International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture

 3. The UN YEAR 2021

• International Year of Peace and Trust

• International Year of Creative Economy for Sistainable Development

• International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

• International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour

 4. The UN YEAR 2020

• International Year of Plant Health 

• International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

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The United Nations (UN) is declaring 2020 the ‘International Year of Plant Health.’ Capping off the ‘Decade on Biodiversity,’ United Nations biodiversity.  

The UN continues to recognize and promote healthy Eco-systems as the key to sustainable development.

 5. The UN YEAR 2019 

• International Year of Indigenous Languages

 6. The UN YEAR 2018 

• UN declared 2018 as the year of -- Contrary to Common Practice

(The United Nations has not declared 2018 as International Year for any specific topic) 

 7. The UN YEAR 2017

• International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

 8. The UN YEAR 2016 

• International Year of Pulses

 9. The UN YEAR 2015 

• International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

• International Year of Soils

 9. The UN YEAR 2014 

• International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

• International Year of Small Island Developing States

• International Year of Family Farming

• International Year of Crystallography

 10. The UN YEAR 2013 

• International Year of Water Cooperation

• International Year of Quinoa

 11. The UN YEAR 2012 

• International Year of Cooperatives

• International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

 12. The UN YEAR 2011 

• International Year for People of African Descent

• International Year of Chemistry

• International Year of Forests

• International Year of Youth

 13. The UN YEAR 2010 

• International Year of the Seafarer

• International Year of Biodiversity

• International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

 14. The UN YEAR 2009 

• International Year of Reconciliation

• International Year of Natural Fibres

• International Year of Human Rights Learning

• International Year of Astronomy

• Year of the Gorilla

 15. The UN YEAR 2008 

• International Year of Planet Earth

• International Year of Languages

• International Year of Sanitation

• International Year of the Potato

 16. The UN YEAR 2007 

• International Polar Year

 17. The UN YEAR 2006 

• International Year of Deserts and Desertification

 18. The UN YEAR 2005 

• International Year of Microcredit

• International Year for Sport and Physical Education

• International Year of Physics

 19. The UN YEAR 2004 

• International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition

• International Year of Rice

 20. The UN YEAR 2003 

• Year of Kyrgyz Statehood

• International Year of Freshwater

 21. The UN YEAR 2002 

• United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage

• International Year of Mountains

• International Year of Ecotourism

 22. The UN YEAR 2001 

• United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations

• International Year of Volunteers

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

 23. The UN YEAR 2000 

• International Year of Thanksgiving

• International Year for the Culture of Peace

 24. The UN YEAR 1999 

• International Year of Older Persons

* The UN YEAR 1998  

• International Year of the Ocean

 25. The UN YEAR 1996 

• International Year for the Eradication of Poverty

 26. The UN YEAR 1995 

• United Nations Year for Tolerance

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

 27. The UN YEAR 1994 

• International Year of the Family

• International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal

 28. The UN YEAR 1993 

• International Year for the World’s Indigenous People

 29. The UN YEAR 1992 

• International Space Year

 30. The UN YEAR 1990 

• International Literacy Year

 31. The UN YEAR 1987 

• International Year of Shelter for The Homeless

 32. The UN YEAR 1986 

• International Year of Peace

 33. The UN YEAR 1985 

• Year of the United Nations

• International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace

 34. The UN YEAR 1983 

• World Communications Year : Development of Communication Infrastructures

 35. The UN YEAR 1982 

• International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa

 36. The UN YEAR 198

• International Year for Disabled Persons

 37. The UN YEAR 1979 

• International Year of The Child

 38. The UN YEAR 1978-79 

• International Anti-Apartheid Year

 39. The UN YEAR 1975 

• International Women’s Year

 40. The UN YEAR 1974 

• World Population Year

 41. The UN YEAR 1971 

• International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice

 42. The UN YEAR 1970 

• International Education Year

 43. The UN YEAR 1968 

• International Year for Human Rights

 44. The UN YEAR 1967 

• International Tourist Year

 45. The UN YEAR 1965 

• International Co-operation Year

 46. The UN YEAR 1961 

• International Health and Medical Research Year

 47. The UN YEAR 1959-1960 

• World Refugee Year 

 So this is the list of International Years declared by UN. 


Q: When and where was UN established? 

 = 24 October 1945, San Francisco, California, United States. 

Q: What are the main principal organs of UNO? 

 =  The United Nations (UN) has Six main organs.

 1) General Assembly,

 2)  Security Council,

 3) Economic and Social Council, 

 4) Trusteeship Council 

 5) Secretariat & 

 6) International Court of Justice

Q: Where is the headquarters of UN? 

 = New York, United States 

Q: How many countries are there in UNO at present? 

 = 193

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