Official HLPF Side Event Announced on “Nutrition and Soils in the 2030 Agenda: A Contribution to the HLPF Thematic Reviews” on 10 July from 13:15 to 14:45 at the German House in New York City


Potsdam, Germany – As a follow up to last year’s HLPF side event “Towards Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up & Review of the 2030 Agenda” and Global Soil Week 2017 (GSW), which took place in Berlin from May 22nd to 24th, event organizers and governmental representatives will be hosting an official HLPF Side Event this July in New York City. This Side Event will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss and reflect upon the potential for preparatory events such as the GSW in contributing to thematic reviews ahead of the HLPF and to serve as tools to ensure successful SDG implementation.

As was shown during GSW 2017, by looking at a sub-set of goals from the perspective of soils and land, thematic reviews can provide a tool for an integrated implementation of the SDGs. The GSW 2017 produced a set of policy messages on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance that were deemed essential for “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.” Outcomes also include a report which reflects on the review exercise, knowledge exchange and communication methodologies applied during the event. These outcomes will be presented and discussed at the Side Event. Additionally, a plan to conduct a similar exercise on the topic of Nutrition ahead of the HLPF 2019 will be discussed in order to build partnerships and gain insights from other platforms aiming to conduct similar exercises.

This high-level side event will invite representatives from Member States, UN Organizations, ministries, science and academia, civil society and the private sector to discuss a proposal for the framing and setting-up of integrated, inclusive and participatory thematic reviews in support of the HLPF. Bringing these various perspectives together and navigating the complexity of an integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda is a time intensive and complex undertaking. The HLPF could therefore benefit from knowledge gained at GSW 2017 and similar preparatory events that focus on specific themes of a thematic review. The discussions at the Side Event will be relevant for all SDGs being reviewed in depth in 2017 and especially for SDG 2 on ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.


Ohne Boden kein Essen, kein Frieden

Auf der Global Soil Week suchten Experten nach Wegen, um fruchtbare Böden zu schützen. Umweltpolitiker Töpfer schlug eine UN-Bodenkonferenz vor.

BERLIN taz | Ein Mann steht in einer Küche – zuletzt fast nackt. Ihm fliegen nacheinander die Möbel weg, der Computer, der Kühlschrank, Essen und Trinken, seine Kleidung. „Alle diese Dinge würden nicht existieren ohne Boden“, klärt eine Stimme den Erschrockenen auf.

Der Kurzfilm auf der Website der Global Soil Week 2017 verdeutlicht anschaulich, warum Boden unersetzlich ist. „Es gibt kein schlimmeres Alarmzeichen für den Weltfrieden als leere Mägen“, warnte auch der „Papst der Bodenforschung“, US-Professor Rattan Lal, zum Abschluss der vierten Weltbodenwoche in Berlin vor rund 600 Teilnehmenden.

Die internationale Wissenschaftskonferenz war 2012 von Klaus Töpfer initiiert worden, damals noch Direktor des Nachhaltigkeitsinstituts IASS in Potsdam. Weil er es geschafft hatte, das Thema Boden auf die internationale Agenda zu hieven, überreichte ihm „Bodenpapst“ Lal dieses Jahr den „Nobelpreis der Bodenforschung“, die Medaille der International Union For Soil Science. Töpfers Gesichtsausdruck verriet, dass ihm die Ehrung nicht das Angenehmste auf der Welt war. Read more

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