The International Year of the Potato was officially launched at United Nations headquarters in New York on 18 October 2007. The day's celebrations included the official launching ceremony, held in the ECOSOC Chamber, a special supporting event for IYP partners, and an exhibit on potato and IYP for the general public.
"The celebration of the International Year of the Potato (IYP) will raise
awareness of the importance of the potato - and of agriculture in general - in addressing issues of global concern, including hunger, poverty and threats to the environment."
International Year of the Potato Secretariat, FAO
As part of the celebrations, an important conference "Potato Science for the Poor – Challenges for the New Millennium" wil be held in Cuzco, 25-28 March 2008, having as official hosts the International Potato Center (CIP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).