IUSS – Statement for the Celebration of the UN World Soil Day in Rome and New York, Dec.5, 2014

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Excellencies, Presidents, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

On behalf of the International Union of Soil Sciences, I have the privilege and honour to convey the best greetings of more than 60,000 soil scientists from around the world to you, on the occasion of the World Soil Day celebration by the U.N./FAO in Rome and New York.

The World Soil Day (WSD) was initiated by the Council of IUSS in August 2002 during the 17th World Congress of Soil Science, which was opened by her Highness Princess of Thailand. The decision was taken by the council members, who defined the 5th of December, which is the birthday of his Majesty King Bumibhol Adulyadej of Thailand, as the “International Day of the Soil”. Therefore, for the last 10 years, the WSD has been commemorated by numerous national soil science societies all over the world, thus initiating the celebration of the Soil of the Year as a continuous annual event in order to enhance awareness of the beauties, the potential, and the vulnerability of the world soils. After an audience of 3 IUSS representatives with his Majesty King Bumibhol of Thailand in April 2012 in Bangkok, the Government of Thailand submitted officially a proposal for the International Day of the Soil to the FAO Council for support at the UN General Assembly in New York. In December 2013 the UN not only installed the WSD but also 2015 as the “Year of the Soil”.

From 2015 onwards, the WSD will be celebrated by the IUSS in close cooperation with UN /FAO, Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and other worldwide organisations.

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