BANGKOK, 7 December 2013, The United Nations General Assembly has declared December 5 “World Soil Day” and 2015 “International Year of Soils”.
On December 6, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sek Wannamethee, said the United Nations General Assembly in New York had adopted a resolution to declare December 5 “World Soil Day” and declare 2015 as “International Year of Soils”.
The resolution is a follow up from the 17th World Congress of Soil Science in Bangkok in 2002. The International Union of Soil Sciences, with over 60,000 members worldwide, have recognized the importance of the work of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the field of soil resources development.
The objective is to promote and raise awareness of the importance of soil towards agricultural development, nutrition and food security among all stakeholders in the society.