International Years

These are the international years currently observed by the United Nations.
The resolution establishing each international year is listed in parenthesis.

2019

 International Year of Indigenous Languages (A/RES/71/178)

2017

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development  (A/RES/70/193)

2016

International Year of Pulses  (A/RES/68/231)

2015

International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies   (A/RES/68/221)
International Year of Soils   [FAO]  (A/RES/68/232)

2014

International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People   (A/RES/68/12)
International Year of Small Island Developing States   (A/RES/67/206)
International Year of Crystallography   (A/RES/66/284)
International Year of Family Farming   (A/RES/66/222)

2013

International Year of Water Cooperation   (A/RES/65/154)
International Year of Quinoa   (A/RES/66/221)

2012

International Year of Cooperatives   (A/RES/64/136)
International Year of Sustainable Energy for All   (A/RES/65/151)

2011

International Year for People of African Descent   (A/RES/64/169)
International Year of Chemistry   (A/RES/63/209)
International Year of Forests   (A/RES/61/193)
International Year of Youth  (A/RES/64/134)

2010

International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 — 11 August 2011)   (A/RES/64/134)
International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures   (A/RES/62/90)
International Year of Biodiversity   (A/RES/61/203)
International Year of the Seafarer

2009

International Year of Reconciliation   (A/RES/61/17)
International Year of Natural Fibres   (A/RES/61/189)
International Year of Human Rights Learning   (A/RES/62/171)
International Year of Astronomy   (A/RES/62/200)
Year of the Gorilla (UNEP and UNESCO)

2008

International Year of Planet Earth   (A/RES/60/192)
International Year of Languages   (A/RES/61/266)
International Year of Sanitation   (A/RES/61/192)
International Year of the Potato   (A/RES/60/191)

2007-2008

International Polar Year (WMO)  

2006

International Year of Deserts and Desertification   (A/RES/58/211)

2005

International Year of Microcredit   (A/RES/53/197)
International Year for Sport and Physical Education   (A/RES/58/5)
International Year of Physics   (A/RES/58/293)

2004

International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition   (A/RES/57/195)
International Year of Rice   (A/RES/57/162)

2003

Year of Kyrgyz Statehood   (A/RES/57/248)
International Year of Freshwater   (A/RES/55/196)

2002

United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage   (A/RES/56/8)
International Year of Mountains   (A/RES/53/24)
International Year of Ecotourism   (A/RES/53/200)

2001

United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations   (A/RES/53/22)
International Year of Volunteers   (A/RES/52/17)
International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance   (A/RES/53/132)

2000

International Year of Thanksgiving   (A/RES/52/16)
International Year for the Culture of Peace   (A/RES/52/15)

1999

International Year of Older Persons   (A/RES/47/5  A/RES/50/141)

1998

International Year of the Ocean   (A/RES/49/131)

1996

International Year for the Eradication of Poverty   (A/RES/48/183)

1995

United Nations Year for Tolerance   (A/RES/48/126)
World Year of Peoples’ Commemoration of the Victims of the Second World War   (A/RES/49/25)

1994

International Year of the Family  (A/RES/44/82)
International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal   (A/RES/48/10)

1993

International Year for the World's Indigenous People   (A/RES/45/164 A/RES/47/75)

1992

International Space Year  (A/RES/44/46)

1990

International Literacy Year  (A/RES/42/104)

1987

International Year of Shelter for The Homeless   (A/RES/36/71 A/RES/37/221)

1986

International Year of Peace   (A/RES/37/16 A/RES/40/3)

1985

Year of the United Nations  (A/RES/39/161 A)
International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace   (A/RES/34/151)

1983

World Communications Year; Development of Communication Infrastructures   (A/RES/36/40)

1982

International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa   (A/RES/36/172 B)

1981

International Year for Disabled Persons   (A/RES/31/123)

1979

International Year of The Child   (A/RES/31/169)

1978/79

International Anti-Apartheid Year   (A/RES/32/105 B)

1975

International Women's Year   (A/RES/3010 (XXVII))

1974

World Population Year    (A/RES/2683 (XXV))

1971

International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice   (A/RES/2544 (XXIV))

1970

International Education Year   (A/RES/2306 (XXII) A/RES/2412 (XXIII))

1968

International Year for Human Rights    (A/RES/2081 (XX))

1967

International Tourist Year    (A/RES/2148 (XXI))

1965

International Co-operation Year  (A/RES/1907 (XVIII))

1961

International Health and Medical Research Year   (A/RES/1283 (XIII))

1959/1960

World Refugee Year    (A/RES/1285 (XIII))

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