Development Calendar (years)

International years
2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification

  • International Year of the Potato [Affirming the role the potato can play in providing food security, eradicating poverty and achieving development goals including Millennium Development Goals].
  • International Year of Planet Earth [to raise awareness of important issues relating to the Earth's processes and resources; disaster prevention, reduction and mitigation; and capacity-building for the sustainable management of resources].
  • International Year of Sanitation

2008-2009 International Year of Human Rights Learning
(for one year, beginning on 10 December 2008) to be devoted to activities to broaden and deepen human rights learning based on the principles of universality, indivisibility, interdependency, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, constructive dialogue and cooperation (resolution 62/171 of 18 December 2007). It aims to enhance the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development.


  • International Year of Reconciliation, to highlight to necessity of reconciliation processes in societies affected by conflicts.
  • International Year of Natural Fibres, noting that natural fibres, an important source of income for farmers, can play an important role in improving food security and eradicating poverty.
  • International Year of Astronomy, to promote widespread access to the fruits of astronomical observation.


  • International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, on the importance of mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue.
  • International Year of Biodiversity.
  • International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 - 11 August 2011)
  • International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
  • International Year of Biodiversity


  • International Year of Forests, to highlight contribution of forests to sustainable development, poverty eradication and development.
  • International Year for People of African Descent
  • International Year of Chemistry
  • International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 - 11 August 2011)


  • International Year of Cooperatives
  • International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

International Year of Water Cooperation