International Year of Sound 2020

About the Year of Sound

The Year of Sound is an international celebration of sound and how it enters our lives in so many ways.

Why have a Year of Sound?

The need for raising the understanding of sound in our world is clearly stated in the UNESCO resolution which “…further recognized that sound influenced the equilibrium of human beings and had ‘economic, environmental, societal, medical, industrial and cultural dimensions’, which relate to the work and mandates of a number of United Nations organizations.”

For the year of 2020, the IYS expands on the concept of La Semaine du Son (Week of Sound) and provides the opportunity for coordinated activities on regional, national and international levels. These activities will stimulate the understanding and awareness throughout the world of the important role that sound and hearing plays in all aspects of our society. The International Year of Sound 2020 will therefore contribute significantly to fulfilling the mission of international organisations such as UNESCO in building peace and understanding around the world, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture and communication.

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