S.NoYearDesignated by UN as
Important2020The United Nations (UN) is declaring 2020 the ‘International Year of Plant Health.’ Capping off the ‘Decade on Biodiversity,’ the UN continues to recognize and promote healthy ecosystems as key to sustainable development.
1.2019International Year of Indigenous Languages
2.2018Contrary to common practice, the United Nations has not declared 2018 as International Year for any specific topic.
3.2017International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
4.2016International Year of Pulses
5.2015International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
6.2015International Year of Soils
7.2014International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
8.2014International Year of Small Island Developing States
9.2014International Year of Family Farming
10.2014International Year of Crystallography
11.2013International Year of Water Cooperation
12.2013International Year of Quinoa
13.2012International Year of Cooperatives
14.2012International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
15.2011International Year for People of African Descent



List of United Nations International Years is an important static GK topic for MBA, Bank PO and other competitive exams. You can expect at least 1 to 2 questions from United Nations International Years in any competitive exams.

Since 1959 the UN has designated International Years in order to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action to address concerns which have global importance and ramifications.


16.2011International Year of Chemistry
17.2011International Year of Forests
18.2011International Year of Youth
19.2010International Year of the Seafarer
20.2010International Year of Biodiversity
21.2010International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
22.2009International Year of Reconciliation
23.2009International Year of Natural Fibres
24.2009International Year of Human Rights Learning
25.2009International Year of Astronomy
26.2009Year of the Gorilla
27.2008International Year of Planet Earth
28.2008International Year of Languages
29.2008International Year of Sanitation
30.2008International Year of the Potato
31.2007International Polar Year






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