The International Council for Science, the International Social Science Council and the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences have announced the year 2016 as the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU).

2016 was announced as the international year of global understanding (IYGU).

During the world, social science forum held in Durban, participants were informed that various research projects, information campaigns and educational programmers’ will be conducted all year round. This worldwide campaign is aimed at relating how peoples’ daily activities affects “the global fronts in relation to climate change and food security.”

On each day in 2016, the IYGU will highlight a change to an everyday activity that “has been scientifically proven to be more sustainable than the current practice,” said a statement. This will have a paradigm change on how people view their simple daily activities.
Though the United Nations has not granted the IYGU status of an international observed year, it aims at raising the voice of science. So far, it’s the only year that has obtained the scientific community support.


IYGU has moved from the traditions of solving climatic problems from above. Dealing directly with the people is the new approach. The reason behind this is to exchange notes with the people on the ground, make them understand the outcomes of their activities and take a corrective measure.

Anantha Duraiappah, the director of UNESCO’S Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace, is optimistic that the year will offer incites to students and an opportunity for policy makers to engage with scientists.

IYGU has taken the challenge further by inviting short video from artists. Musicians, photographers, film makers and other artists have been requested to produce a video in their own language and understanding. The video will include their motivation, objectives and the impacts of their works in the society.
Rob Cartridge, the head of Action Aid in UK, is optimistic that international years can be sufficient vehicles to highlight issues and IYGU seems to achieve that.