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International Geodiversity Day: October 6th

It is with great happiness that we write to inform you that International Geodiversity Day was established this by the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference! From now on, the 6th of October will be an annual worldwide celebration, raising awareness across society about the importance of non-living nature for the well-being and prosperity of all living beings on the planet!

International Geodiversity Day Logo
Image: International Geodiversity Day emblem, by Silas Samuel do Santos Costa

We also would like to announce the winner of the competition for the International Geodiversity Day logo: Silas Samuel dos Santos Costa! Silas is a student at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Natal, Brazil) and produced the logo below that can be freely used in all initiatives related with the International Geodiversity Day. Congratulations Silas!

Thank you once again for all your help and support towards this common journey! The success of this initiative was in no small part due to the breadth of international and national organisations that endorsed the proposal. We would also like to note the particular support of both IUGS, and the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO from Portugal, for the essential role they played in submitted the proposal.

The website is the virtual focal point for all information regarding this International Day. We have also launched new social media feeds that you can use to stay updated with plans for International Geodiversity Day: & Please follow and like to stay in touch as we plan for 2022.

Now, it is time to start the planning for the 1st celebration of the International Geodiversity Day on the 6th October 2022! We also want to thank you for being part of this journey, either through the Oxford Geoheritage Virtual Conference, or the Promoting Geodiversity Workshop - it all helped to build the worldwide case for an International Geodiversity Day.

With all good wishes,

Jack Matthews, on behalf of the IGD team:
José Brilha, Murray Gray, Jack Matthews, Zbigniew Zwolinski
and the OxGVC Organising Committee:
Jack, Helena, Taha, Lucie, and Lubomir


  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Geosciences
  • Geosphere
  • Hydrogeology
  • Palaeontology (geosci)


Thomas Buckingham
UNESCO-Welterbe – Tektonikarena Sardona
Städchenstrasse 45
7320 Sargans