The arrival of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) was hailed as a watershed moment for the land rights community, and prompted a flurry of activity and funding. Ten years later, we can look back and ask: what have we accomplished; what have we learned; and, where do we go from here? Join the USAID and New America on June 7 at 9 a.m. EDT for a panel discussion to take stock of a decade of implementing the VGGT, and discuss the future of this landmark agreement.
Fast and brutal mutations in the global economy today are reshaping conditions for transforming African economies and creating better opportunities for its youth. Efforts to reduce the continent’s dependence on raw material exports, advance productive transformation and increase investment and domestic resource mobilisation are being challenged.
14 – 15 June 2022. The selected theme for the 2022 Annual General Assembly (AGA) is “Implementing National Pathways for Food Systems Transformation to Accelerate Progress Towards the SDGs in Times of Crisis and Conflict”. This year’s edition will focus on how donors and others can best support progress on the further development and implementation of the national pathways for food system transformation. This must be accomplished in the context the need to accelerate progress on the sustainable development goals (SDGs), while also facing new crises and conflict.
Bridging the gap between research and policy. The conference will take place from 22-24 June 2022 and will be a high-level forum to bring forth research of high academic standards in collaboration with Italian universities, international academic associations, and international organizations involved in economic and rural development policies. This will help to create a collaborative network of researchers, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders, together with international development organizations, NGOs, regional and international financial institutions, business partners and government representatives.
As part of the 10th anniversary commemoration of the CFS VGGT, CFS and FAO’s land tenure unit are jointly organizing a high-level event on Friday, 27 May 2022, 12:30 – 14:30 CET to assess lessons learned over the past ten years; remind policy makers and stakeholders of the potential these guidelines hold; and to re-confirm political and financial commitments to accelerate their further implementation.
Global Theme: Pathways to Climate Solutions. The 2022 Global Land Forum takes place at a decisive moment in history: Scientists are warning us that the window to avoid a climate catastrophe is closing, and the need for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals is growing more and more urgent.
The XV World Forestry Congress will take place from 2 to 6 May 2022 in Seoul under the theme "Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests" to further develop the outcomes of major global events scheduled before the Congress, including the Rio Conventions’ Conferences of the Parties. the IUCN World Conservation Congress and the UN Food Systems Summit.
Agriculture and food systems need to transform in ways that produce sustainable and inclusive practices and outcomes, including more and better jobs for young women and men. A webinar by the GDPRD Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment will be held on 25 April (15.00 - 16.30 CET), to discuss the topic of Green Jobs for Rural Youth.
In both the short- and long-term, global donors can use their catalytic and leveraging potential to effectively support food systems transformation and resilience. The current crises environment we are facing highlights even more the need for food systems transformation and improved resilience. The recently-released white paper will be presented as well as be the basis for a panel discussion on what donors can do to build longer-term development perspectives in a time of crises.
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will provide a platform for young people to engage in a dialogue with Member States and other actors on concrete actions to rebuild from COVID-19 and to advance towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Decade of Action.
This is the second in a series of debates on IFAD’s Rural Development Report to discuss key actions and recommendations. The focus will be on the trade-offs between healthy/nutritious diet and environmental and social objectives and what are the trade-offs with rural prosperity and decent livelihood.
The International Cooperation Forum will focus on ideas and approaches for effective change that is needed for development: Resource- and solution-focused options necessary, especially in areas such as food, production, consumption, energy and health, buildings and cities, but also financial resources in order to curb climate change and its negative effects on sustainable development and rising inequality.
The overall food security situation remains a major concern in Asia and the Pacific, home to 60% of the world’s population. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing challenges to food security such as climate change impacts, disaster risks, shrinking natural resources and degrading environments, changing demographics and labor profiles, and infrastructure deficits, among others.
To celebrate and recognize the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), please join the U.S. Agency for International Development and New America for a virtual fireside chat between New America and USAID leadership, followed by a panel discussion that explores the many ways women are leading solutions to critical land and natural resource management and climate change challenges.
Easing supply chain bottlenecks for a sustainable future
WTO members and stakeholders from every part of the supply chain will share perspectives on the underlying causes and trajectory of continued supply chain disruptions. They will also collectively identify the resources, interventions and innovations needed to ease crippling disruptions, logjams and price hikes. The aim is to harness the WTO’s convening power to build the first 360-degree picture of the challenges and opportunities facing supply chain partners of all regions, sectors and sizes, and to begin the work of shaping sustainable, inclusive solutions.
The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development will take part in the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group meetings during the agenda item “Substantive segment I: SDG 2 and Financing for Sustainable Development”. The Secretariat will make a presentation highlighting the GDPRD’s engagement in the donor community towards SDG2, rural development and food systems.
The Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2022, “Sustainable Solutions for Southeast Asia’s Recovery,” will take place on 16–17 March and will focus on (i) green recovery, (ii) tourism revitalization, (iii) the advancement of innovation and technology, (iv) addressing supply chain constraints; (v) advancing gender equality; and (vi) ensuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) financing.
The Thirty-sixth Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific will take place 08/03/2022 - 11/03/2022 and is a forum to discuss current country and regional priorities and pressing issues in the region such as the impact of COVID-19, the state of agriculture, natural resources management, food security and nutrition. It is also an opportunity to highlight examples of partnerships, innovation and digital technologies that are helping to improve food security and nutrition across the region as well as regional and global policy and regulatory matters.
Gender equality is vital to deliver sustainable, progressive and meaningful action to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation. UNCCD’s goal is to make sure women and girls are empowered in the global efforts to achieve land degradation neutrality.
This e-book builds upon the lessons presented in the earlier volume, COVID-19 & Global Food Security (2020) that documented the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as of mid-2020, particularly the disruptions to livelihoods and the food and nutrition security of billions of people. Presenters will share lessons learned and key issues to consider looking forward.
Hosted by the UN Environment Programme, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) brings together representatives of the 193 Member States of the UN, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to agree on policies to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. The overall theme for UNEA-5 is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. This highlights the pivotal role nature plays in our lives and in social, economic and environmental sustainable development.
A second brainstorming session on “Improving Investments in Youth Entrepreneurship in Agriculture” is organized by the Asia and Pacific Service of the Investment Centre (CFIB) together with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The session brings together innovators, decision-makers, and thought-leaders from various fields in a digital space to generate momentum for investment decisions targeting young people engaging in agricultural entrepreneurship.
The Peer-to-Peer Learning Forum for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries on ‘Promoting green jobs in agriculture to support climate change adaptation and mitigation’ is a tailor-made activity organized by the Investment Climate Reform facility (ICR facility) and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) for government officials, practitioners and professionals of ACP countries involved in designing and implementing local, sectoral, national strategies for the transition to greener economies.
In the framework of the FAO’s project "Building Resilience in the Sahel Region through job creation for youth", funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) of the Federal Republic of Germany, FAO and ODI have organized an event to showcase findings from a forthcoming report.
Rural youth in Africa need more and better jobs in sustainable agri-food systems. Creating decent employment and income opportunities is essential to reduce poverty, improve food security and provide a future for young people in rural areas. The seminar brings together policy makers, youth representatives, business managers and development practitioners to discuss main challenges and solutions for youth employment in agri-food systems.
While economic and social indicators in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have improved, the region’s blue natural assets – clean air, healthy seas, and coastlines—have degraded nearly everywhere. This event marks the launch of a flagship World Bank report, “Blue Skies, Blue Seas: Air Pollution, Marine Plastics and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa.” You will also hear from leading policymakers and the private sector about their vision for a healthier future.
The first in a series of debates on IFAD’s Rural Development Report to discuss the untapped potential of the food system midstreams - the activities after the farm gate, such as trading, storing, processing, and distributing to consumers. Innovation, finance, investments and entrepreneurship at this stage are key to expanding opportunities for small-scale producers.
Accelerating the implementation of trade facilitation reforms through the national trade facilitation committees despite the pandemic situation. The forum will provide a possibility for members of national trade facilitation committees, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders to learn about and discuss the latest trends regarding implementation of trade facilitation reforms, including the implementation of the WTO TFA and other trade facilitation agreement at the national and the regional level.
The Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit provides a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition. The Summit comes at a critical time, midway through the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Nutrition, with only five years left to achieve the World Health Assembly (WHA) targets on maternal, infant and young child nutrition, and 10 years to reach the SDGs.
Young people are often excluded from access to land due to economic and cultural constraints, increased land fragmentation or discriminatory customary practices. The thematic working groups on Rural Youth Employment and on Land Governance Global Donor Platform will discuss measures to secure and strengthen access to land taking into greater account of the needs, challenges and potentials of the young generation of future farmers.
Today, the global youth population is at its highest ever and still growing, with the highest proportion of youth living in Africa and Asia, and a majority of them in rural areas. This event will share key findings from this EU co-financed study on the current employment situation of youth in the food economy in 5 sub-Saharan African countries and 2 Southeast Asian countries with policy implications discussed. Organized by International Partnerships InfoPoint.
This inaugural conference will provide concrete examples on the use of survey data to address development challenges, inform policies and programs, and provide solutions for investments. It is also an opportunity to establish new networks of decision-makers facing similar challenges around the world and offers learning and capacity building opportunities.
To mobilize global action and identify and expand concrete solutions to eradicate child labour in agriculture, FAO is launching the Global Solutions Forum. The online event is organized in the context of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour and will bring together representatives of ministries of agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry, producers and farmers' organizations, workers' organizations, development banks, businesses, civil society and academia, children, youth advocates, and former child labourers, among others.
Donors play a key role in supporting initiatives that form the foundation for collaborative efforts across food systems through their innovations, programming and investments. This independent Food Systems event of the GDPRD is a contribution to ensure donors and their partners collaborate to realize the full leveraging potential of donor funding.
The independent Food Systems Dialogue will highlight issues affecting rural youth and gather input for Game Changer solutions for decent jobs creation for rural youth in food systems. The Dialogue provides the opportunity to discuss with youth representatives from Africa, donors, development practitioners and public and private sector representatives their ideas to tackle specific challenges, and more importantly, share best practice experiences.
This webinar will explore the key (structural) policy issues related to transforming Africa’s rural economies and how this can result in more and better jobs for rural youth and particularly young women. It will look at the ways in which decent work can become a driver for inclusive transformation and a human-centred recovery.
Biodiversity loss, climate change and environmental degradation are defining challenges of our generation and require more coordinated and incisive international efforts. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the interlinkages between human health and an healthy planet. The post COVID recovery should be an opportunity to build back greener and more inclusive societies and economies.