FAO Liaison Office in New York

4 December 2015, New York

Soils are the foundation of food systems and are critical for achieving food security and nutrition, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in his message marking the closure of the International Year of Soils and the 2015 World Soil Day delivered at the event “Soils: a solid ground for life,”, that took place at UN Headquarters on December 4. 

“The challenge before us is clear. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 33 per cent of global soils are already degraded. This trend must be reversed through sustainable soil management practices,” he added.

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