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2010 Celebrates Three International Years

arton1791In 2010 the United Nations as well as governments, civil society organizations, individuals and other stakeholders all over the world will celebrate:


  • The International Year of Biodiversity;
  • The International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures; and
  • The International Year of Youth.

Starting with the International Year of Biodiversity (Resolution A/RES/61/203), launched on 11 January 2010, will aim to raise global awareness of the importance of biodiversity for people’s well-being, and the need to safeguard it.

In his speech during the official launch of the International Year of Biodiversity on 11 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the importance of maintaining biodiversity and stressed that “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.” He also noted that “Business as usual is not an option. We need a new biodiversity vision,” and called upon every country and each citizen of our planet to engage in a global alliance to protect life on Earth.

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Besides the International Year of Biodiversity, 2010 will also be celebrated as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (Resolution A/RES/63/22) in order to make the rapprochement of cultures a central focus of all policy-making at local, national, regional and international levels, including involving the greatest number of relevant stakeholders. For more information, click here.

Finally, beginning on 12 August 2010, will be the International Year of Youth, drawing attention to differences young people can make in society, but also to the challenges they face. The overarching theme during the year will be to promote “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding” across generations on issues such peace, human rights and solidarity, as well as to promote progress towards development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The United Nations General Assembly, which proclaimed the Year in a resolution (A/RES/64/134) on 18 December 2009, called upon Member States, civil society, individuals and communities around the world to support local, regional and international activities to mark the Year.

This was also reiterated by Nicola Shepherd, Focal Point on Youth, who said “We encourage all sectors of society to work in partnership with youth and youth organizations to better understand their needs and concerns and to recognize the contributions that they can make to society.”

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