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The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was launched today at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership held at FAO Headquarters on 11 and 12 of June, 2013.


NEW! Report of the First Meeting of the GSP Plenary Assembly (english)

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On 11-12 June 2013 at FAO HQ in Rome, the Global Soil Partnership will convene its first Plenary Assembly bringing all its partners together to discuss about crucial issues of the GSP implementation. 


Agenda of the Plenary Assembly


On 24 April 2013 at the 146 FAO Council, FAO member Countries endorsed the request from the Kingdom of Thailand in the framework of the GSP for the proclamation of the International Year of Soils 2015. The IYS will serve as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations.


After 12 months of intensive and participatory work, the terms of Reference of the Global Soil Partnership were finalized and submitted to the 145 FAO Council. On 5 December 2012, the Council approved the Terms of Reference of the Global Soil Partnership and recommended its immediate implementation. 


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”.

Simultaneously, the FAO Council endorsed the request of declaring 5December as a UN World Soil Day. The resolution will next be discussed in the FAO Conference, before being submitted to the UN General Assembly in September 2013.