International Years Information

Since 1959 the United Nations has designated International years in oerder to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action to address concerns which have global importance and ramifications.There is a concerted effort not to designate every year for fiscal reasons and to avoid any process of trivialization.The following is the chronological list of years designated to date:
     Years Important Years
1959/60 World Refugee Year
1965 International Co-operation Year
1967 International Tourism Year
1968 International  Year for Human Rights
1970 International Education Year
1971 International Year for Action to Combat Racism & Racial Discrimination
1974 World Population Year
1975 International Women’s Year
1978 International Anti-Apartheid Year
1979 International Year of the Child
1981 International  Year  of Disabled Persons
1982 International Year of Mobilisation for Sanctions Against South Africa
1983 World Communications Year
1985 International Youth Year
1986 International Year of   Peace
1987 International Year of  Shelter for the Homeless
1990 International Literacy Year
1992 International Space Year  (endorsed, not declared)
1993 International Year for World’s Indigenous People
1994 International Year of the Family and International Year of  Sport & Olympic Ideal
1995 United Nations Year for Tolerance
1996 International Year for the  Eradication of poverty
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 Thanksgiving
20001 International year of Volunteers; and United Nations year of Dialogue among Civilization; and International year Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
2002 International year of Mountains; and International year of  Culture Heritage; and International year of Ecotourism
2003 International Year  of  Fresh water
2004 International  year to Commemorate  the struggle against Slavery and Its Abolition; and International year of Rice
2005 International Year of Physics; International year Microcredit; and International Year for Sport and Physical Education
2006 International Year  of Deserts and Desertification
2008 International Year of Potato
2009 International Year of Fibers
2010 International Year of Youth
2011 International Year of Chemistry
2012 International Year of CO-operatives
2013 International Year of Water-Cooperation
2014 International Year of  Crystallography
2015 International Year of  Soil
2016 International Year of  Pulses
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