UNESCO ? IUGS IGCP 40th Anniversary Event, Paris (Feb. 2012):

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the IUGS - UNESCO?s International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) a conference was held on 22 February 2012, at UNESCO?s Headquarters in Paris, France. Launched in 1972, the International Geoscience Programme supports international cooperation in geology. It serves as a network for thousands of scientists worldwide, notably in developing countries and focuses on projects relating to present concerns such as georisks, hydrology and climate change and modelization projects based on geological data. Over 335 projects in about 150 countries with contributions of thousands of Earth scientists attest to the scientific and applied quality of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) since its inception in 1972.

Dedication Ceremony of the Lutetian GSSP (Feb. 2012):

On 13 February 2012 the Golden Spike defining the base of the Lutetian Stage (early/middle Eocene boundary) was placed at 167.85 in the Gorrondatxe sea-cliff section (NW of Bilbao city, Basque Country, northern Spain; 43º22'46.47" N, 3º 00' 51.61" W). Present at the ceremony were the Mayor of Getxo, the Chair of the IUGS International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), the Chair of the Subcommission on Paleogene, the leader of the Gorrondatxe research team and other members of the local and international scientific community. The ceremony was also attended by the President of the IUGS and members of the IUGS Executive Committee and other IUGS bodies.