The International Year Mathematics of Planet Earth will be officially launched at the UNESCO buildings in Paris on March 5. There will be brief speeches by, among others, Wendelin Werner representing the IMU and by Marta Sanz-Solé, the president of the EMS. Gert-Martin Greuel will present the Open Source platform of IMAGINARY. Awards will be presented to the winners of the MPE competition during a session chaired by Ehrhard Behrends. Another issue on the agenda is a panel discussion on "What can mathematics do for the planet?"