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Ambassador Joachim Bleicker speaks at the 12th General Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP)

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Rome, 3-5 June 2024 - The 12. The Global Soil Partnership General Assembly today opened an important session calling for urgent action to achieve its goals amid a series of complex crises.

f.r.t.l. Dr. Nicole Wellbrock, Head of the German Institute for Forest Ecosystems, Ambassador Joachim Bleicker, Mr. Lifeng, FAO Director of Land and Water Division.
f.r.t.l. Dr. Nicole Wellbrock, Head of the German Institute for Forest Ecosystems, Ambassador Joachim Bleicker, Mr. Lifeng, FAO Director of Land and Water Division.© StäV Rom / Oliver Mellenthin

The Global Soil Partnership brings together hundreds of different stakeholders focused on improving soil health to promote healthier and more resilient agricultural and food systems.Representatives of the German delegation were Ambassador Joachim Bleicker and Dr. Nicole Wellbrock, head of the Institute for Forest Ecosystems, who attended today's event.

Background Information

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was established in December 2012 to position soils on the Global Agenda, promote inclusive policies and soil governance as well as sustainable soil management, by bringing together multiple stakeholders.

Ambassador Bleicker addresses to the audience.
Ambassador Bleicker addresses to the audience.© StäV Rom / Oliver Mellenthin

The partnership is hosted by FAO. Its achievements include:

  • the establishment of an Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils and related international networks for different soil matters;
  • the proposal for and annual celebration of UN World Soil Day (5 December) and the International Year of Soils 2015;
  • endorsement of the revised World Soil Charter;
  • production of the Status of the World’s Soil Resources 2015 report;
  • technical guidelines on soils for nutrition;
  • establishment of Regional Soil Partnerships and development of Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management.
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