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FANRPAN participates at Rio+20
Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
8 June 2012

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.

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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

ICSU Opening Session ICSU Opening Session
ICSU Opening Session
ICSU Opening Session

When Indigenous Knowledge Merges with Science (+ expand)

"We, the indigenous peoples, walk to the future in the footprints of our ancestors" was the key message of the indigenous people in Rio in 1992 when they committed to a sustainable future rooted in the legacy of knowledge and worldwide views of their elders.

Twenty years later for the first time indigenous people have convened a side meeting at the forum on science, technology & innovation for sustainable development. The side event "Indigenous Knowledge and Science: From Recognition to Knowledge Co-Production" is testimony to how far the science community has come in embracing traditional knowledge.

The FANRPAN delegation at the Forum for Science and Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development on the 13th of June attended the Indigenous Knowledge side event organised by UNESCO and the International Council for Science (ICSU).

The panellists shared how they are working with UNESCO to transform and expand engagement among local and indigenous knowledge holders, the scientific community and decision makers. Participants heard how there is increasing collaborative engagement of indigenous and scientific knowledge holders especially today in the context of accelerating ecological, socio-economic and political dynamics. Indigenous Peoples continue to engage the global community in innovative actions that extend beyond recognition, to joint action between scientists and indigenous peoples to collaborate and generate new knowledge.

Speaking at the event, Joji Carino from TEBTEBBA (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research) acknowledged that, whilst science is important, what is needed to inform innovative solutions to complex sustainable development challenges in the 21st century are inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural knowledge platforms that embrace traditional knowledge.

The United Nations University in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and UNESCO took the opportunity to launch a recently published book Weathering Uncertainty: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation.

For more information on the initiative and to download the book please visit

Co-convenors' recommendation and summaries (+ expand)

  • Thomas Rosswall, Professor em., Chair, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Sweden
  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Zimbabwe
  • Tim Benton, Champion, UK Global Food Security (GFDS) programme, Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, University of Leeds, UK
  • Ruvimbo Mabeza-Chimedza, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Zimbabwe
  • Ram Badan Singh, Indian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
  • Adrian Fernández Bremauntz, Advisor on Sustainability to the Dean of the Metropolitan University, Mexico City, Mexico
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