World Soil Day celebration
“Stop soil erosion, Save our future”

Thursday, 5th December 2019 from 13.00 to 14.00
Sheikh Zayed Centre


About the event:

Soils are fundamental to life on Earth. Their protection is of utmost importance to ensure the future of food. But soil erosion is putting our productive land in danger by removing the highly fertile topsoil. Soil erosion – the number one threat to the Planet’s soils - literally washes our topsoil away, down streams, rivers, into lakes and blows soil particles across oceans. While it occurs naturally everywhere, unsustainable human activities significantly increase natural rates. Since 95% of the food comes from soils, erosion mitigation is critical for a sustainable and food secure world.

During the celebration, RECSOIL: Recarbonization of Global Soils, a sustainable and cost-effective answer to climate change, will be officially launched together with the report “Global Status of Soil Laboratories”. The Glinka World Soil Prize and King Bhumibol WSD Award will be delivered for respectively the efforts towards the promotion of sustainable soil management and the most outstanding event organized for WSD 2018.



World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013 the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day. Each year, more people are joining this world celebration conveying FAO message on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. This year, over 400 events in more than 100 countries will be organized across all FAO member countries. In addition to the WSD celebration in Rome on 5th December 2019, official celebrations are organized in New York (UN headquarters), Russia (Sochi), Thailand (Bangkok), Portugal (Lisbon) and several FAO country offices.





13:00 – 13:05

Opening Remarks

Mr Qu Dongyu (TBC)
Director-General of FAO

13:05 – 13:15

Opening Remarks

H.E. Victor Vasiliev
Permanent Representative of Russian Federation to FAO (tbc)
H.E. Thanawat Tiensin
Chair of CFS and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to FAO

13:15 – 13:25

Delivery of the Award of the Glinka World Soil Prize to Prof. Xu Minggang

FAO Director-General and representative from the Russian Federation

13:25 – 13:40

Keynote Address

Prof. Xu Minggang
the Laureate of the Glinka World Soil Prize 2019

13:45 – 13:55

Launch of the “RECSOIL: Recarbonization of global soils”

Mr Eduardo Mansur
Director Land and Water division, FAO

13:50 – 13:55

WSD18 around the world (video)

13:55 – 14:00

King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2019 (by video)

14:00 – 14:10

Closure of the event with the Kid’s chorus of Piazza Vittorio



Ms Isabelle Verbeke
Global Soil Partnership, FAO

Concept Note


Responsible office:

Land and Water division - Global Soil Partnership (CBL)


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