International Decades

These are the international decades currently observed by the United Nations. The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of the Organization. Usually, it is one or more Member States that propose these observances and the General Assembly establishes them with a resolution. On occasion, these celebrations are declared by the specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, etc., when they concern issues that fall within the scope of their competencies.  Some of them may be later adopted by the General Assembly. 

2021–2030

International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (A/RES/72/73)

2019–2028

United Nations Decade of Family Farming (A/RES/72/239)

2018–2028

International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development" (A/RES/71/222)

2016–2025

United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (A/RES/70/259)

Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (A/RES/70/293)

2015–2024

International Decade for People of African Descent   (A/RES/68/237)

2014–2024

United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All   (A/RES/67/215)

2011–2020

Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism   (A/RES/65/119)
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity   (A/RES/65/161)
Decade of Action for Road Safety   (A/RES/64/255)

2010–2020

United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification   (A/RES/62/195)

2008–2017

Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty   (A/RES/62/205)

2006–2016

Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions (third decade after the Chernobyl disaster)   (A/RES/62/9)

2005–2015

International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”  (A/RES/58/217)

2005–2014

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development   (A/RES/57/254)
Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People   (A/RES/59/174)

2003–2012

United Nations Literacy Decade: Education for All (A/RES/56/116)

2001–2010

International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World  (A/RES/53/25)
Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa   (A/RES/60/221)
Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism   (A/RES/55/146)

1997–2006

Decade for The Eradication for Poverty  (A/RES/50/107)

1995–2004

Decade for Human Rights Education    (A/RES/49/184)

1994–2004

Decade of the World's Indigenous People    (A/RES/48/163)

1993–2003

Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination    (A/RES/48/91)

1991–2000

Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa    (A/RES/44/237 A/RES/47/177)
Second Transport and Communications Decade in Africa   (A/RES/43/179)
United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse    (A/RES/S-17/2)
Fourth United Nations Development Decade (A/RES/45/199)

1990–2000

International Decade for the Eradification of Colonialism  (A/RES/43/47)

1990–1999

United Nations Decade of International Law   (A/RES/44/23)
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction  (A/RES/42/169)   (A/RES/44/236)

1990s

Third Disarmament Decade   (A/RES/43/78 L A/RES/45/62 A)

1988–1997

World Decade for Cultural Development    (A/RES/41/187)

1983–1993

Second Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination   (A/RES/38/14)

1983–1992

United Nations Decade for Disabled Persons  (A/RES/37/53)

1981–1990

International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade   (A/RES/35/18)
Third United Nations Development Decade  (A/RES/35/56)

1980–1990

Second Disarmament Decade  (A/RES/35/46)

1980s

Industrial Development Decade for Africa  (A/RES/35/66 B)

1978–1988

Transport and Communications Decade for Africa  (A/RES/32/160)

1976–1985

United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace   (A/RES/3520 (XXX))

1973–1983

Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination  (A/RES/2919 (XXVII)

1971–1980

Second United Nations Development Decade  (A/RES/2626 (XXV))

1970s

Disarmament Decade  (A/RES/2602 E (XXIV))

1960–1970

United Nations Development Decade  (A/RES/1710 (XVI))

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