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 wellbeing.
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.
World Soil Day 2016 recoginzed the positive contributions of pulses to soil properties are many: they fix the atmosphere nitrogen and improve its biodiversity, fertility and structure. That is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dedicated last year's World Soil Day to pulses with the theme of "Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life." Also, owing to their nutritional benefits, 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses.
The theme for World Soil Day 2017 has yet to be announced.
More details will be announced later this year. Visit the UN's website for more details.