International Years, International Decades and Important Days for all Competitive Examination

International Years

2016  -  International Year of Pulses

2015
  • International Year of Light and Light based Technologies 
  • International Year of Soils
2014
  • International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
  • International Year of Small Island Developing States
  • International Year of Crystallography
  • International Year of Family Farming
2013
  • International Year of Water Cooperation
  • International Year of Quinoa
2012
  • International Year of Cooperatives
  • International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
2011
  • International Year for People of African Descent
  • International Year of Chemistry
  • International Year of Forests
  • International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 — 11 August 2011)
2010 - International Year of Biodiversity

1990 - International Literacy Year

1985 - Year of The United Nations

1975 - International Women's Year

1974 - World Population Year

1971 - International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice

1970 - International Education Year

1968 - International Year for Human Rights

1967 - International Tourist Year

1965 - International Co-operation Year

1961 - International Health and Medical Research Year

1959 / 1960 - World Refugee Year


International Decades ( 1990 Onwards ) - Decade and Importance
  • 1990s - International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction
  • 1997-2006 - First United Nations Decade for Eradication of Poverty
  • 2001-2010 - International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for Children
  • 2003-2012 - United Nations Literacy Decade
  • 2005-2014 - United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
  • 2005-2015 - Water for Life Decade
  • 2010-2020 - United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification
  • 2011-2020 - United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
  • 2014–2024 - United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All
  • 2015–2024 - International Decade for People of African Descent
Important Days
JANUARY
  • Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas - January 9
  • National Youth Day (Birthday of Swami Vivekananda) - January 12
  • Army Day - January 15
  • Election Commission Day - January 17
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Birthday - January 23
  • National Girl Child Day - January 24
  • National Voters Day - January 25
  • Republic Day (India) - January 26
  • Martyr's Day / World Leprosy Eradication Day - January 30
FEBRUARY
  • National Science Day - February 28
MARCH
  • National Defence Day - March 3
  • National Security Day - March 4
  • International Women's Day / International Literacy Day - March 8
  • World Consumer Day - March 15
  • World Disabled Day - March 20
  • World Forestry Day - March 21
  • World Water Day - March 22
  • World Meteorological Day - March 23
  • National Day of Bangladesh - March 26
APRIL
  • World Health Day - April 7
  • Jallianwala Massacre Day - April 13
  • World Heritage Day - April 18
  • Earth Day - April 22
MAY
  • World Red Cross Day - May 8
  • National Technological Day - May 11
  • World Hypertension Day - May 17
  • Anti-Terrorism Day - May 21
  • World Biodiversity Day - May 22
  • World No. Tobacco Day - May 31
JUNE
  • World Environment Day - June 5
  • World Refugee Day - June 20
  • International Yoga Day -  21
  • International Olympic Day - June 23
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (by U.N. from 1987) - June 26
JULY
  • World Population Day - July 11
  • Malala Day UN declared on her 16th Birthday - July 12
  • Nelson Mandela International Day - July 18
AUGUST
  • Independence Day (India) - August 15
  • National Sports Day (Birth Day of Dhyanchand) - August 29
  • International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances From 21st December 2010 - August 30
SEPTEMBER
  • Teacher' Day (Birth Day of S.Radhakrishnan) - September 5
  • World Literacy Day - September 8
  • World Ozone Day - September 16
  • International Day of Peace - September 21
  • World Rabies Day - September 28
OCTOBER
  • World Teacher's Day - October 5
  • World Food Day - October 16
  • United Nations (UN) Day - October 24
NOVEMBER
  • National Education Day of India - November 11
  • World Diabetes Day - November 14
  • National Pass Day - November 16
  • Universal Children's Day - November 20
DECEMBER
  • World AIDS Day - December 1
  • International Day of the Abolition of Slavery - December 2
  • World Disabled Day - December 3
  • Navy Day - December 4
  • International Anticorruption Day - December 9
  • Kisan Diwas (Birthday of Ch. Charan Singh)  - December 23

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