The 6th GSP Plenary Assembly endorsed the establishment of the annual King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award (WSDA), as a recognition tool for individuals and/or institutions that have made an effort to organize successful celebrations in the framework of the World Soil Day campaign of the previous year.
The objective of the WSDA is to encourage organizers of WSD events at all levels to facilitate challenging and outstanding celebrations around the globe.
The Award is sponsored by the Kingdom of Thailand, the champion country in the establishment of the now-famous World Soil Day. The UN General Assembly decided in December 2013 to officially designate 5 December as World Soil Day to acknowledge the lifelong work and commitment of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who has significantly contributed to improving the quality of lives of millions through sustainable soil management.
About Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Their goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. They believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger. FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economic.
Aim and Benefits of FAO King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award
- The award consists of a medal, a USD 15 000 cheque, as well as a trip to Thailand (if feasible) to receive the prize.
Requirements for FAO King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award Qualification
- The Award may be granted to individuals, institutions, NGOs, academia, colleges and universities, private companies or any other entities;
- A wide range of WSD events can be considered for the award. The event has to follow the WSD theme of the year and has to take place between 1 – 15 Dec.
September 15, 2023
How to Apply
- After the completion of the event, the organizers should submit the WSD report (Fill out the call for application ) to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secretariat (GSP-Secretariat@fao.org) in any of the official UN languages
- Along with the report, WSD organizers are invited to complete their application by sending it to the Secretariat:
- high-quality photographs (preferably accompanied by captions);
- videos (showing the work-in-progress and the results);
- communication material or any related publications,
- digital coverage (website/web stories/blog/ social media); and
- demonstrated wide appeal in the media (i.e. media coverage and press release);
- Pictures taken throughout the event must be shared on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok) with the hashtags #WorldSoilDay and #GlobalSoilPartnership #UNFAO.
It is crucial that the organizers submit testimony or proof of the success of the World Soil Day celebration, and of the impact that the event had on raising awareness for the cause of healthy soils.
For more details,visit FAO website