FANRPAN will participate in the Rio+20 event commencing on 10 June until 20 June 2012. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the organization will be represented by FANRPAN CEO, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Programme Manager, Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba.
Youth - Having a Blast!
Conference of Youth for Rio+20
Over 3,000 youth are expected to attend the Youth Blast this June. The purpose of the Youth Blast is to strategise and mobilize young people for during and after Rio+20.
This event is organized by the UNCSD Major Group of Children and Youth and the Brazilian National Youth Secretary in partnership with the Government of Brazil, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Agência Brasileira de Cooperação), CONJUVE (National Youth Council).
Thousands of young leaders from around the world will converge on the Conference of Youth for Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to share their skills and prepare for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
The international segment of the Youth Blast (10th - 12th June) will focus on strategizing young people's engagement with the remaining segments of the preparatory process and the conference itself. It will have capacity building workshops, introductions to policy and consultations on existing lobby points. There will be sessions specific to the objectives and themes of Rio +20: Green Economy and Institutional Frameworks for Sustainable Development (Governance). This is an event organized, run and held by young people for young people.
For more information visit: http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.php?page=view&nr=492&type=13&menu=23
- View Conference of Youth information page
Science and Technology - Enabling Sustainable Development
11 June 2012
Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: Setting the stage
This major five-day Forum (11 - 15 June) will see leading international scientists and policy makers explore the key role of interdisciplinary science and innovation in the transition to sustainable development, a green economy and poverty eradication. The Forum aims at establishing the research, technology and policy agendas that will be needed after Rio+20. The Forum is organised by ICSU, in partnership with UNESCO, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
For more information visit www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum
Dr Sibanda will participate at this key event. Furthermore, on 12 June she will chair a session on Food Security: Growing and competing needs; Enhancing agriculture and fishing; Poverty and health
- View ICSU information page
Bringing Food to the World Table
16 June 2012
Feeding the World: Sustainable Agriculture & Innovation in the 21st Century
By 2050 the world's population will have reached 9 billion. The challenges to feed this growing population are unprecedented - requiring more than a second green revolution. With climate change, global yields in 2050 could decrease by 20-30 percent if we cannot bring good agricultural practices, new technologies, farming methods, and supporting institutions to the world's farmers. 'Sustainable intensification' refers to a range of approaches for boosting agricultural production while reducing negative environmental impacts on agriculture. These will be critical as pressures rise on soil, water, and biodiversity. However, despite the 2008 food crisis and environmental changes, public investments in agricultural research and extension are still among the lowest in decades. There is also the challenge of meeting the needs of a diverse range of farming systems and farmers around the world, including risk management, asset-building, and profitability. In the context of the ongoing debate as to which potential farming methods and technologies offer the greatest promise for investment and scale up, this panel will examine the contribution of sustainable agriculture sustainable intensification to agricultural productivity and resilience in the near and long term and how this contribution can be estimated and tracked.
Setting the stage is a presentation from the International Food Policy Resarch Institute (IFPRI) that highlights the global impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity and then hones in on Latin America and Brazil to illustrate what we know about the potential of different farming practices and systems to address the productivity gap. A distinguished panel comprising representatives of research organizations, governments, and farmers, will then discuss the study and the repercussions for global farming policy and practices, including how to best foster transparency and broad engagement around uptake of new methods and technologies.
For information visit: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/events/16/jun/2012/rio20-side-event-feeding-world-sustainable-agriculture-innovation-21st-century
One of the panelists will be FANRPAN CEO, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda.
- View IFPRI information page
"Addressing food security through partnerships"
16 June 2012
Delivering a programme on sustainable consumption and production in food and agriculture
Food production is vitally important to national economies, to meet development goals, to rural livelihoods and to human survival. The programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Food and Agriculture is catalyzing partnerships between UN agencies, other international agencies, governments, industry, and civil society whose activities, together, can promote the essential transition to sustainability.
This programme promoting international cooperation on policies, investments, production and consumption patterns, is critical to meet food security, economic and environmental needs.
The discussions at this side event aim to raise awareness and support for the implementation of this programme, and to ensure that this crucial sector is effectively supported by the expected CSD 20 decision.
For more information visit http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/bodies/COAG_23/COAG23_AgendaUNEP.pdf
- View FAO information page
Fair ideas: sharing solutions for a sustainable planet
17 June 2012
A process to develop the world's first people's manifesto for democracy and sustainable development will kick off on 16 June at IIED's Fair ideas conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fair ideas, a major conference jointly hosted by the IIED and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro on 16-17 June, will show that a fairer, greener world is a realistic vision. It will add important knowledge, experience and momentum to the official summit.
Speakers include government ministers, business leaders, senior scientists, journalists, heads of UN agencies, activists, community leaders and a 2012 Goldman Prize winner. The speakers and organisations holding sessions during Fair ideas are also well placed to listen and act on opportunities which emerge during the event.
For more information visit http://www.iied.org/fair-ideas-sharing-solutions-for-sustainable-planet
Dr Sibanda will chair this session.
- View IIED information page
Innovation in advancing sustainable agriculture
17 June 2012
Technology and Knowledge Sharing for Sustainable Agriculture
This session, held at the UN Global Compact Conference for Corporate Sustainability, partnered by Crop Life International and World Farmers Organization, will focus on the role of innovative technologies in advancing sustainable agriculture. It will also address the role of knowledge sharing mechanisms to improve the deployment and uptake of innovations and best practises. Bruce Campbell, Director of CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is one of the speakers.
For more information visit http://www.agricultureday.org/related-events
- View CropLife and WFO information page
Agriculture at the forefront of climate change and food security issues
18 June 2012
ARDD 2012: Promoting sustainable agriculture and inclusive development
The key objective of ARDD is to examine implementation successes and challenges in moving towards a transformed food system that enables food security and sustainable development.
The specific objectives are to:
i. Build broad consensus on what it take to get agriculture, fisheries and forestry as part of a transformed food system that meets food and environmental needs
ii. Identify mechanisms at all levels that improve access to information, enhance interactions among land managers and experts through education and extension services, and increase the use of appropriate technologies for sustainable land management
iii. Identify possible goals, targets and indicators, as appropriate, that can be used to track progress post-Rio
For more information on ARDD and to view the programme visit http://www.agricultureday.org/
FANRPAN will exhibit material at this key event.
Dr Sibanda will chair a session on "How can best practices and innovation be leveraged for sustainable intensification? How do we measure progress?" The event is an initiative of Farming First.
- View ARDD information page
Mobilizing business leaders for sustainable development
19 June 2012
Business Action for Sustainable Development
To ensure that business is recognized as a solutions provider in the sustainability space and remains fully engaged in the Rio+20 process, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the UN Global Compact have formed Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD 2012), an inclusive coalition that will serve as the United Nations Major Group coordinator of Business and Industry for the Rio+20 Conference.
The main objective of BASD 2012 will be to mobilize business leaders and build momentum toward the event, provide substantive input to the agenda, engage champion CEOs, and demonstrate the achievements of the private sector in contributing to economic, social and environmental goals.
For more information visit: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/NewsAndEvents/rio_2012/business_action_for_sustainable_development.html
- View UN Global Compact information page