International Year of Planet Earth


Emblem for IYPEThe International Year of Planet Earth aims to ensure greater and more effective use by society of the knowledge accumulated by the world’s 400.000 Earth scientists. The Year’s ultimate goal of helping to build safer, healthier and wealthier societies around the globe is expressed in the Year’s subtitle 'Earth science for Society'.


IYPE coin from AustraliaThe International Year runs from January 2007 to December 2009, the central year of the triennium (2008) having been proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the UN Year. The UN sees the Year as a contribution to their sustainable development targets as it promotes wise (sustainable) use of Earth materials and encourages better planning and management to reduce risks for the world’s inhabitants.


IYPE stamp from Netherlands AntillesIn April 2005 the initiative was put forward by the Tanzanian Delegation to UNESCO's Executive Board, which adopted the proposal. A Draft Resolution on proclamation of the International Year of Planet Earth in 2008 has been adopted by Commission III at UNESCO's 33rd General Conference on 12 October 2005. By then, 97 UN Member States had explicitly expressed their support for the initiative. The UN proclamation by consensus took place on 22 December 2005 by the Plenary Session of the General Assembly in New York.





The official website for the IYPE.

All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.



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