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UN declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils

Dec 6, 2014 15:27 IST

United Nations General Assembly on 5 December 2014 declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). With this, UN celebrated the first official UN World Soil Day 2014 on 5 December 2014.

Celebrations of IYS was organized as part of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, coupled with concurrent events  in Bangkok, Rome and Santiago.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to

• Raise full awareness among civil society and decision makers about the profound importance of soil for human life;
• Educate the public about the crucial role soil plays in food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development;
• Support effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources;
• Promote investment in sustainable soil management activities to develop and maintain healthy soils for different land users and population groups;
• Strengthen initiatives in connection with the SDG process (Sustainable Development Goals) and Post-2015 agenda;
• Advocate for rapid capacity enhancement for soil information collection and monitoring at all levels.

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