Government to observe World Soil Day

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BANGKOK – The Land Development Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will jointly organize World Soil Day celebrations in the US and Italy.

The events which focus on the theme ”Soils, a Solid Ground for Life” will be held on 5th December at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. 

HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha will participate in the activities on behalf of HM the King and will lecture on HM the King’s royal speech related to the UN’s motto ‘Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life’. HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha will also present soil monoliths to the UN headquarters and the FAO. The monoliths will be installed at both venues.

In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) resolved to propose the 5th of December as World Soil Day to raise awareness of the importance of soil. The UN General Assembly later in 2013 declared 5th of December as the World Soil Day.

The Land Development Department will also organize an event between 3th and 6th December to educate the public on the significance of soil in the eco-system and highlight HM the King’s roles in soil conservation.

A walk-and-run activity will be held on 5th December in celebration of HM the King’s birthday at Wachira Benjatat Park (or Railway Park). Interested persons can download an application form via www.ldd.go.th/ldd/ or call 1122 for more information.