The United Nations General Assembly, meeting in New York, has proclaimed the year 2008 to be the United Nations International Year of Planet Earth. The Year's activities will span the three years 2007-2009.
The International Union of Geological Sciences and UNESCO have jointly created a major initiative for the effort. This IUGS-UNESCO initiative consists of three phases:
* Feasibility phase (completed February 2002).
* Preparatory phase - now in train
* Implementation phase.