Global Symposium on Soil Pollution










The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) will take place at FAO headquarters from 2 to 4 May 2018. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UN Environment and World Health Organization (WHO), agreed to explore the option of a jointly organized Global Symposium on Soil Pollution as a common platform to discuss and elaborate the latest information on the status, trends and actions (both scientific and political) on soil pollution and its threatful consequences on human health, food safety and the environment.

The symposium is the first step in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management in terms of preventing and reducing harmful substances in soil as a way to maintain healthy soils and food safety in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the symposium outcomes should provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increased food security and nutrition, and ecosystem services, and promote the remediation of polluted sites.

Key documents

Outcome document

Be the solution to soil pollution

The symposium was held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, on 2–4 May 2018 and attended by 525 participants (40 percent women, 60 percent men) from 100 countries, including representatives of FAO member states, organizing institutions, the academia, the private sector and civil society, as well as scientists and land users working on soil pollution and related fields...


Proceedings of the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution 2018

The Proceedings of the GSOP18 presents the abstracts of all scientific presentations held during the Symposium. 100 oral and 50 poster presentations built the core of this event triggering fruitful discussions on the state-of-science of soil pollution in different soils of the world...


Felix Toteu

Lena Ma

Ravi Naidu

Rolph Payet