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UN FAO 2024 King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award

UN FAO 2024 King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award

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.


UN FAO King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award

Application DeadlineSeptember 1, 2024
ValueUSD 15 000
Funding TypePartially Funded
TypeEntrepreneurs
SponsorFood and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of UN 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 UN FAO King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award

  • 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.

Selection Process

Timeline

End of May/June – Launch of the WSDA campaign. Organizers can submit the report to the GSP Secretariat (Fill out the call for application 2024) of the WSD event organized in the previous year.

1 September –  The completed nomination forms must reach the GSP Secretariat by post or email no later than the specified deadline. The GSP Secretariat will pre-screen the applications based on the above mentioned selection criteria and prepare a short list of the most qualified nominees.

October – Assessment by the Selection Committee. The GSP Secretariat will send the shortlisted nominees to the Selection Committee of the World Soil Day Award for their assessment of the candidates' work and for the final selection of the winner.

November - The name of the World Soil Day Laureate is informed.

December – Award of the prize to the World Soil Day Laureate. The Ceremony will take place every year on 5 December in Thailand, during which the WSD Laureate is presented with the World Soil Day Medal, a prize of 15 000 USD and a paid trip to Thailand (if feasible).

Application Deadline

September 1, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) on to apply

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

  • After the completion of the event, the organizers should fill out the call for application 2024 in any of the official UN languages by 1 September 2024;
  • Along with the report, WSD organizers are invited to complete their application by sending 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.

For more details,visit FAO website


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