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High-Level Roundtable on SDG in New York

With a high-level Roundtable in New York, Biovision and the Millenium Institute seek to win support from important stakeholders for its ideas for a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture.

The event is being organised together with the Republic of Benin, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and other partners. Taking place on 27-28 March 2014, around 60-70 important stakeholders from member states, international organisations, civil society, the private sector, research institutions and foundations will gather to discuss goals for the new SDG.

The CCGA team hopes that a clear message with specific recommendations will emerge from the discussions. This message shall include suggestions for targets and indicators to achieve food and nutrition security through sustainable agriculture and food systems in a post-2015 world. We hope that these key messages and recommendations will positively influence the ongoing negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals when submitted via the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Furthermore, the event shall provide an opportunity to consider the work of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and other Rome-based agencies (FAO – Food and Agriculture Organisation, IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development and WFP – World Food Programme) on the post-2015 process.

In the Outcome Document of Rio+20, “The Future We Want”, Member States called for the creation of a set of SDGs to replace the Millennium Development Goals running out in 2015. The OWG has started to deliberate on possible goals and targets around the three pillars of sustainability: environment, social and economic development. Between the autumn of 2014 and autumn of 2015, an intergovernmental process will lead to the adoption of a post-2015 development agenda and thus a set of SDGs, culminating in a high-level summit at the end of 2015.

The High-Level Roundtable is co-organised by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations IDDRI; the Third World Network; the Umweltbundesamt (German Federal Environment Agency); and the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Confirmed speakers include, among others: H.E. John A. Kufuor, Former President of the Republic of Ghana and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Climate Change; Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN; Mr. Olav Kjørven, Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director of Navdanya and Research Foundation for Science Technology & Ecology.

A background paper developed by experts will form the basis of the Roundtable discussions: Background Paper for the High Level Roundtable on Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda