World Soil Day: 5 December 2019

Thu 05/12/19

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to 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 World Soil Day as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5th of December as the World Soil Day.

The theme for World Soil Day 2018 was “Be the solution to soil pollution”. This campaign was used to highlight the fact that while we can see many of the changes we have made to our planet, some of our impacts are virtually invisible. Soil pollution is a good example of these lesser seen impacts. The “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution” campaign for World Soil Day 2018 aimed to raise awareness and call people to #StopSoilPollution.

The theme for World Soil Day 2019 has not yet been announced. This page will be updated as more information is released.

Please visit FAO's website for more details about soil pollution and upcoming events.