2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.
- January 1 – The Treaty on Open Skies, initially signed in 1992, officially enters into force.
- January 1 – Euro notes and coins started to be used in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, the Republic of Ireland, and the Netherlands.
- January 5 – A light aircraft crashes into a Tampa, Florida building, bringing fear of a repeat September 11, 2001 attacks.
- January 10 – Enrique Bolaños became the President of the Republic of Nicaragua.
- January 16 – The UN Security Council agreed to forbid selling arms to Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the Taliban and freezes their assets.
- January 17 – Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo erupts, leaving about 400,000 people without a home.
- January 23 – Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Pakistan, accused of being a CIA agent.
- January 31 – A large section of the Antarctic Larsen Ice Shelf begins breaking up, eventually consuming about 3,250 km² (1,254 miles²) after 35 days.
- February 8-24 – The 19th Olympic Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- April 28 – Green Party of Pakistan is formed
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