Which international years have been proclaimed by the General Assembly?
Last Updated: May 31, 2018
United Nations observances contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the UN Charter and promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues. They provide a useful means for the promotion of international and national action and stimulate interest in United Nations activities and programmes.
The revised guidelines for international years were published in ECOSOC Resolution 1980/67.
In the 1998 resolution, A/RES/53/199, it was determined that requests for future international years were to be dealt with directly by the General Assembly.
The first international year was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 1959. It was the World Refugee Year, Resolution 1285 (XIII).
The complete list of international years is available from the United Nations Observances Website.
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