World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. The Global Soil Partnership is dedicating World Soil Day 2017 to the theme “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”. December 5, 2017 is also the launch of the first ever Global Soil Organic Carbon map (GSOCmap) to support the development and empowerment of national capacities to build their national soil information systems.