Global Soil Partnership

World Soil Day 2013

Agenda   |   Photogallery


Soil is a finite natural resource. On a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays for human livelihoods, worldwide there is increasing degradation of soil resources.  Recognizing the importance of soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, made a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day. This day is aimed to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human well-being. 

Under the leadership of the kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the "Global Soil Partnership", FAO has supported the formal establishment of a global awareness raising platform such as the World Soil Day. The FAO Conference in June 2013 unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested the 68th UNGA to have it officially adopted. In this context, FAO has decided to organize this event on 5th December 2013. 


2013 : Celebrations at FAO 

This event took place on 5 December from 13:00 – 14:30 at the Sheik Zayed Centre in FAO, Rome, Italy.

Webcasting from FAO - WSD 2013


Similarly, satellite events will also take place in other countries :

Berlin, Germany

Weltbodentag :  Veranstaltungen

Brussels, Belgim

Wereldbodemdag Agribex  :   Agenda

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

World Soil Day, Healthy and Productive Soils  :  Agenda

Hyderabad, Pakistan

World Soil Day, A day dedicated to Soils in Pakistan  :  Information

La Havana, Cuba

Día Mundial del suelo : Actividades  |  Nota

Paris, France

Journée mondiale des sols : Agenda  |  Carton d'invitation

Roma, Italy

Presentazione del libro "L'insostenibile consumo di suolo":  Informazione  |   Registration   |  Legambiente 

San José, Costa Rica

Día Mundial del suelo  :  Agenda   |   Invitación