United Nations to proclaim 2008 as
Dear Associate Partners,
On behalf of the Management Team of the International Year of Planet Earth I wish you a healthy and exciting New Year.
It is with great pleasure that I can announce the decision by the General Assembly of the United Nations to proclaim 2008 as the UN Year of Planet Earth. On the 22nd of December the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a Resolution by the United Republic of Tanzania and co-signed by 82 nations, to proclaim 2008 as the UN Year of Planet Earth. The press release issued by the UN after adoption of the Resolution, reads as follows:
The Committee, to which the Press Release refers, is the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly where the International Year was discussed in two terms and approved before it was brought in the Plenary Session of the General Assembly. In fact, the International Year of Planet Earth will be a triennium, starting in 2007 and closing by the end of 2009, with the UN Year of Planet Earth 2008 in the centre.
UN proclamation, with significant political implications, would not have been possible without your great and continuous support and that of the Founding Partners, and Initiators, IUGS and UNESCO. On behalf of the Management Team, I would like to express our greatest appreciation and gratitude to you making this possible. We sincerely hope that the International Year of Planet Earth will continue enjoying your support and encouragement until the end of the triennium!
With my kind regards
4 January 2006