International Year of Soil

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The International Year of Soils, 2015 (IYS 2015) was declared by the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly on December 20th, 2013 after recognizing December 5th as World Soil Day.[1][2]

The purpose of the IYS is to raise awareness worldwide of the importance of soils for food security,[3][4] agriculture,[5] as well as in mitigation of climate change, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development.[6]

A website, logo and activities for The International Year of Soil have been planned by an organization called The Global Soil Partnership. Agricultural and environmental organizations around the world have planned local events to contribute to the special year.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Lindbo, David. "The International Year of Soils". Soil Science Society of America. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Year ahead will be a good time to focus on soil's importance". Winnipeg Free Press.
  3. ^ "Draft resolution submitted by the Vice-Chair of the Committee, Ms. Farrah Brown (Jamaica), on the basis of informal consultations on draft resolution A/C.2/68/L.21" (PDF). United Nations General Assembly. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  4. ^ "The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization will a campaign to generate awareness around soil fertility and food secrurity." (sic). Telesur.
  5. ^ "Year-long salute to soil underscores need to focus on its health". Creston News Advertiser.
  6. ^ "Sustainability starts with the soil". Register-Star.
  7. ^ "Cedar Creek Partnership Project supports International Year of Soil". Otumwa Courier Online.
  8. ^ "Soil Association goes back to its roots with soil campaign" Archived 2015-01-16 at the Wayback Machine.. Farmers Guardian.
  9. ^ "Tree planting launches international year of Soil". Lancaster University.

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