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Coincidentally, on 5 of December 2012, the FAO Council also approved the proposal to establish a World Soil Day to be celebrated annually on 5 December (as tabled by IUSS) as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of soils for food security and eco-system functions.

In the framework of various soil events, new videos and animations have been launched.

A short animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.

Today is a historic day for the soil science community as FAO joined the International Union of Soil Sciences in the Celebration of the World Soil Day by organizing, as part of the 145 session of the FAO Council, a side event at its Headquarters in Rome entitled “Securing healthy soils for a food secure world: a day dedicated to soils”.

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