U.N.International years are declared by the United Nations
since 1959 in order to draw attention on major issues and
encourage international action to address concerns which
have global importance and ramifications.
1959/60–World Refugee Year.
1960–Year of Africa.
1961–International Health and Medical Research Year.
1962–Calgary International Year.
1963–Year of the Water Tiger.
1964–International Year of the quiet Sun.
1965–International Co-operation Year.
1966–International Rice Year.
1967–International Tourism Year.
1968–International Year for Human Rights.
1969–International Harvester Travelall for Sale.
1970–International Education Year.
1971–International Year for Action to Combat Racism
and Racial Discrimination.
1972—International Book Year.
1974–World Population Year.
1975–International Women’s Year.
1976–to 1985:U.N.’s Decade for Women.
1976–World Book Science Year.
1977–United Nations’ Day for women’s rights and
international peace to be observed on any day of
the year by the member states.
1978–International Anti-Apartheid Year.
1979–International Year of the Child.
1980 to 1989: International Water Supply and
1981–International Year of the Disabled Persons.
1981 to1991-The International Decade of People
with a Disability.
1982–International Year of Mobilisation for Sanctions
Against South Africa.
1983–World Communications Year.
1984–Year of Women in South Africa.
1985-International Youth Year .
1986–International Year of Peace.
1987–International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.
1988–Amnesty International Year.
1989-I.M.O.-International Convention on Salvage.
1990–International Literacy Year.
1991 to 2000-Development Decade.
1992–International Space Year.
1993–International Year for World’s Indigenous People.
1994–International Year of the Family and
International Year of Sport and Olympic Ideal.
1995–United Nations Year for Tolerance.
1996–International Year for the Eradication of Poverty.
1997–International Year of the Coral Reef.
1998–International Year of the Ocean.
1999–International Year of Older Persons.
and Centennial of the First International Peace Conference.
2000–International year for the Culture of Peace and
International Year of Thanks Giving.
2001–International Year of Volunteers and
United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations
and International Year of Mobilization against Racism,
Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related Intolerance.
2002–International Year of Mountains;
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————–do—————0f Eco tourism.
2003–International Year of Fresh water and
European Year of People with Disabilities.
2004–International Year to Commemorate the Struggle
against Slavery and it’s Abolition.
2005–International Year of Micro credit and World Year
of Physics and International Year for Sport and Physical
2006–International Year of Deserts and Desertification.
2007–International Year of Dolphin and International Polar Year
and International Year of Scout.
2007/2008–International Heliophysical Year.
2008–International Year of Potato.
International Year of Planet Earth.
International Year of Sanitation.
International Year of Languages.
2009—International Year of Reconciliation,Astronomy
International Year of Natural Fibres.
2010–International Year of Biodiversity.
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International Year of Youth, Dialogue and mutual
understanding (12 August 2010 to 11 August 2011).
2011–International Year of Forests.
————-do—————-for People of African Descent.
2012—International Year of Co-operatives.
——————–do———of Sustainable Energy for All.
In India and Nigeria the year 2012 is observed as National
2013–International Year of Water Co-operation and
International Year of Quinoa and International Year of Statistics
and Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth and year of faith.
2014–International Year of small Island Developing States
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