Side Event at the HLPF

IFOAM – Organics International is participating in the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) event as the organising partner of the Farmers Major Group (the network that brings together farmers organizations). We will hold a side-event organised together with the World Farmers Organization on starting at 2pm on 14th July.

The virtual event aims at showcasing how the global farming community is responding to this unprecedented crisis and it will be moderated by Gabor Figeczky, Head of Global Policy at IFOAM – Organics International.

Shamika Moné, INOFO President and our colleague Patricia Flores will share examples on how organic farmers managed to find ways to cope with the current situation in different parts of the world. We invite you to register for the event here.

If you want to learn more on how organic agriculture can contribute to the implementation of the SDGs please visit our dedicated webpage here or download our factsheet.

1:40 – 2:00 PM Log in of participants

2:00 – 2:20 PM Panel 1: an overview from the global perspective

-  Theo De Jager, President, World Farmers' Organisation

-  Shamika Mone, Chairperson, INOFO/IFOAM-Organics International

-  Nettie Wiebe, Representative, La Via Campesina

-  Laura Lorenzo, Director, World Rural Forum

Q&A Session will follow

2:20 – 2:55 PM Panel 2: an overview from the regional perspective

-  Elizabeth Nsimadala, President, Pan African Farmers' Organisation

-  Nemo Amaral, Representative, COPROFAM

-  Patricia Flores, Senior Project Coordinator, IFOAM – Organics International

-  Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers' Association

Q&A Session will follow

2:55 – 3:00 PM Wrap up and closing remarks by the moderator Gábor Figeczky, Head of Global Policy, IFOAM - Organics International

Five years after adopting the ambitious framework of the Sustainable Development by all UN nations, it is clear that there are hardly any of these goals for which humanity would be on track. Realising this, last year, the UN Secretary General called on all sectors of society to mobilise for a decade of action.

To look at progress, foster implementation and find ways to hold countries accountable for their commitments. For this, representatives from all states gather every year for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) annual meeting. This event serves as the core United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The meeting will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum. The theme this year will be "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realising the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

In the 2020 HLPF, participants will debate where we stand on the SDGs in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will reflect on how the international community can respond to the pandemic in a way that puts us back on track to achieve the SDGs and accelerate progress during the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development. Also, 47 countries will carry out voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the 2020 HLPF.

Due to the situation created by the pandemic, the whole event is organised this year in an informal virtual format.

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Make Europe Sustainable for All 

Make Europe Sustainable for All is a 3-year (2018-2020) cross-sectoral project carried out together with 25 civil society partners across Europe to raise awareness about and promote the ambitious implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the European Union and globally. The project is also aiming at strengthening the SDG Watch Europe network we are a member of.

As a component of this project, the #GoodFood4All campaign drew the attention to the still prevailing unsustainable farming practices and food systems which are subsidized under the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union.