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12 December 2017

Despite the essential role soil plays, there is a worldwide increase in soil degradation due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure, unsustainable agriculture, climate change and inadequate governance. Since 2012, World Soil Day has been held annually on 5 December to raise awareness and focus attention on the importance of the sustainable management of healthy soil resources. The theme for World Soil Day 2017 is “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground” to bring attention to the importance of soil and the problem of soil degradation.

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  • 5 December 2017
    What’s Next?

    The Indian Government will release its mid-term foreign trade policy review on 5 December. A summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council will be held in Kuwait City on 5-6 Dec. An agrofood conference will be held in Accra, Ghana, on 5-7 December.

  • 7 November 2017
    What’s Next?

    French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the United Arab Emirates on 8-9 November. US President Trump will visit China to meet with President Xi Jinping, 8-10 November. The APEC summit runs until 11 November in Danang, Vietnam.

  • 2 November 2017
    What’s Next?

    Trade and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo will meet with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State, French Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs, in Paris on 2 November. US President Donald Trump begins a 12-day trip to Asia on 4 November.

  • 24 October 2017
    What’s Next?

    The Communist Party of China concludes its 19th Party Congress on 24 October. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is in Paris until 25 October. Kenya will repeat its presidential election on 26 October.


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