This list includes notable predictions by world organizations and figures of ideal goals set. It also includes scheduled events as of the present year that include treaties and/or deals with expiration dates. The information provided below comes with uncertainty as predictions and events are almost always changing with up to date information.
Planned and expected events
- January 1 - January 1 – Books, films and other works published in 1944 (including Disney's next animated feature, The Three Caballeros) will enter the public domain.
- France plans to ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by this year.
- Japan will have shut down the last of its nuclear power plants.
- Projected completion date for the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) rail corridor running from Germany to southern Italy.
- Amsterdam aims to be fossil fuel-free by this year, powering its electric cars, trucks, boats, and buildings with energy generated by wind, solar, and biomass.
- Completion of the Northeast Corridor high-speed rail route, running from Boston to Washington, D.C.
- January 1 – Books, films and other works published in 1945 will enter the public domain.
- The Antarctic treaty will come under review.
- Scheduled completion of the proposed project to create a railroad connecting Moscow to New York.
- The joint venture partnership between Volkswagen Group China and SAIC Motor is scheduled to end.
- January 1 – Books, films and other works published in 1946 (including Disney's next two animated features, Make Mine Music and Song of the South) will enter the public domain.
- April 30 – A Nickelodeon time capsule, sealed in April 1992, will be opened.
- September 17 – A common computing representation of date and time on IBM mainframe systems will overflow with potential results similar to the year 2000 problem.
- The Trident D5 submarine-launched nuclear missile will be phased out.
- January 1 – Books, films and other works published in 1947 (including Disney's next animated feature, Fun and Fancy Free) will enter the public domain.
- May – A METI message Cosmic Call 2 sent from the 70-metre Evpatoria Planetary Radar arrives at its destination, 55 Cancri star.
- September – Another METI message Cosmic Call 2 sent from the 70-metre Evpatoria Planetary Radar arrives at its destination, HD 10307 star.
- Two of Japan's largest cities - Tokyo and Osaka - will be connected by a direct high-speed maglev route.
- The 2045 Initiative ends.
- North Korea and South Korea may reunite to become one country as proposed by South Korean president Moon Jae-in in 2018.
- The United Nations will celebrate the centennial of its founding after World War II.
- July - A METI message called Teen Age Message sent from the 70-meter Eupatoria Planetary Radar will arrive at its destination, 47 UMa star.
- July 1 – The present "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong may end, as it was guaranteed for 50 years starting from July 1, 1997, provided under the Hong Kong Basic Law. The agreement was raised by Deng Xiaoping to deal with Hong Kong's reunification with the People's Republic of China in 1997, and stipulated in the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984. What will be done is not stated in any document.
- December 31 – After this date, works published between January 1, 1978, and December 31, 2002, have the possibility of entering the public domain in the United States. The existing copyright law specifically prohibits any work created during that period from automatically entering the public domain before this date.
- January 14 – The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty will come up for review.
- February 29 – There will be a rare full moon on a leap day; this event happens roughly once every century.
- December 20 – The present "One country, two systems" with Macau, guaranteed for 50 years starting from December 20, 1999, provided under the Basic Law, will expire.
- Stated completion of the Belt and Road Initiative, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Predicted astronomical events
- September 8 – Planetary alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent Moon.
- The Great Red Spot on Jupiter's atmosphere will become circular according to calculations based on its reduction rate at present.
- October 1 – Occultation of Regulus by Venus. The last was on July 7, 1959 and the next will occur on October 21, 3187, although some sources claim it will occur on October 6, 2271.
- Foresight (psychology)
- Futures studies
- Outline of futures studies
- Technology forecasting
- Time series
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- Jagadish Khadilkar (2017). Antarctica: The Frozen Continent's Environment, Changing Logistics and Relevance to India. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9789386643001.
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- Bering Strait crossing BBC News
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- Crezo, Adrienne (June 25, 2012). "Every item inside time capsule Nickelodeon buried in 1992". Mental Floss. Mental Floss, Inc. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
- "U.S. Nuclear Modernization Programs". Arms Control Association. August 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
-  Archived November 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- See also the transcript Archived April 15, 2005, at the Wayback Machine of Deng's dialogue with Margaret Thatcher.
- "Duration of Copyright" (PDF). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
- Brady, Anne-Marie (2017). China as a Polar Great Power. Cambridge University Press. p. 225. ISBN 9781316844670.
- Broks, Bart. "Re: When is the next time in which a full moon falls on a leap day, Feb. 29". www.madsci.org. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
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