Aim

The Global Soil Week 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will do so by looking at the subset of SDGs that are under review by the High-level Political Forum 2017 (HLPF) through the perspective of land and soils, thereby providing an integrating perspective across the SDGs; contributing data and other forms of knowledge complementary to the SDG indicators. The Global Soil Week 2017 (GSW) also aims to serve as bridge to empower different actors to share their priorities on the SDG implementation. Proceeding like this, the GSW 2017 intends to contribute to the HLPF theme “Eradicating Poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” and, ultimately, catalyse SDG implementation. Specifically, partners of the GSW intend to:

    • Account for trade-offs and seek synergies between the SDGs;
    • Move from knowledge production and sharing to learning processes that feed into action;
    • Empower actors to be able to contribute to follow up and review processes of the 2030 Agenda;
    • Increase the ownership of the 2030 Agenda;
    • Address critical pressure points, namely: (i) Net resource pressures; (ii) Consumption and production patterns; (iii) Access and rights to resources.
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Workshop1: Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge – Action

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Workshop2: Right to [defend] Land, strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews

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Workshop3: Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity

Rationale

Policy Briefs

One Investment, many Benefits: Soil Rehabilitation for Poverty Reduction, Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation, and Biodiversity Protection

Key Messages:

  • Without strategic investment in soil rehabilitation and protection poor and food insecure households will be left behind and global agendas will not be achieved! Targeting is of the essence.

  • Public investment in soil protection and rehabilitation must be increased.

  • Conducive policies must be gender and youth sensitive, strengthen the quality of rural service provision and create the necessary incentives to protect the soils. Cross-sectorial coordination is pivotal to that end.

  • Technologies for protecting and rehabilitating land and soil are well known but not applied at larger scale. Only locally driven processes to adapt these technologies to local circumstances can ensure their uptake.

  • Supportive tenure systems and responsive agricultural extension services are essential preconditions for achieving soil protection and rehabilitation at scale.

The Lab

The Thematic Review LAB will be held in two parts. The first brings together knowledge gained through the Workshops, provides an opportunity for government representatives to react on Workshop discussions, and incorporates additional perspectives in regards to SDGs that were covered to a lesser extent by the Workshops. The second part provides a synthesis of inputs gathered in Part I before moving on to a discussion around policy recommendations to the High Level Political Forum 2017.

facilitators:

Matheus.Zanella@iass-potsdam.de

Samie.Blasingame@iass-potsdam.de

  • Synthesize Knowledge

    Discuss tradeoff and synergies & different data methods.

    Identify progress, gaps and synergies in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

  • Toward Concrete Policy Action

    through the 2017 HLPF theme, discuss concrete policy actions needed to achieve agenda 2030.

  • Collaboration and Cooperation

    between UN agencies, national and international organisations, scientific institutions and civil society.

Idea

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Workshop1: Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge – Action

2

Workshop2: Right to [defend] Land, strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews

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Workshop3: Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity

Rationale

With the adoption of the 17 SDGs in September 2015, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) was appointed as the United Nations body for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the last, annual HLPF, a cyclical review system was consolidated, composed of two main mechanisms: (i) [global] thematic reviews and (ii) national voluntary reviews (NVRs). Thematic reviews were agreed under Resolution A/70/L.60, also approved during the last HLPF. It was agreed that the next three HLPF meetings would have specific themes, with a set of associated SDGs to be reviewed. Against this backdrop, the HLPF review process will benefit greatly if there is an opportunity for governments and stakeholders to review and synthesize information ahead of the HLPF. This would facilitate the processing of information and contribute to the thematic reviews. To maintain coherence with the official process, exercises of this type should to be conducted following important principles of the 2030 Agenda, demonstrating, in practice, how to pilot a thematic review.

Workshop 1

Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives:
Data – Knowledge – Action

This workshop builds on the partnerships with Ministries of Agriculture in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kenya and other stakeholders, established under the BMZ Initiative “One World, No Hunger”. Healthy soils and equitable use of land play crucial roles for sustainable development; as land degradation neutrality is fundamental for better livelihoods, ending hunger, improving human health and well-being, and can contribute to gender empowerment among other goals. Thereof, this workshop is designed to identify synergies that can support our collective of partners in catalyzing SDG implementation at local and national levels. Particularly, we will define some key gaps and challenges in existing policies that hinder broad-based sustainable soil management, and potentially strategic intervention areas for targeted investments in soils.

facilitators:

may

22may2:00 pm- 6:00 pmWorkshop1: Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge - ActionDay 1

23may9:00 am- 1:00 pmWorkshop1: Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge - ActionDay 2

This workshop will take place in English and French

Workshop 2

Right to (defend) Land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews

Secure access to land and natural resources is crucial for the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Despite international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, marginalized people struggle to enjoy their legitimate land tenure rights given competing pressures on resources and injustice, often resulting in violent silencing of activists. Protecting land rights defenders and strengthening local accountability mechanisms is not only key to people’s lives, but is also essential to achieving the SDGs. By addressing the “shrinking civic space”, this workshop will utilize the Thematic Reviews promoted by the 2030 Agenda to create a support function for accountability at national levels by elaborating guidelines for government-led multi-stakeholder reporting and empowering local actors.

facilitators:

may

22may2:00 pm- 6:00 pmWorkshop2: Right to [defend] Land: Strengthening accountability at the local level through Thematic ReviewsDay 1

23may9:00 am- 1:00 pmWorkshop2: Right to [defend] Land: Strengthening accountability at the local level through Thematic ReviewsDay 2

This workshop will only take place in English

Workshop 3

Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity

Soils and land are pivotal to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and achieve food security for all (SDG 1 and SDG 2). Yet, a multitude of actors and initiatives from different sectors rely on development scenarios that demand additional land. However, fertile soils are not only a finite and scarce resource, but also decreasingly available due to degradation.

In the workshop, we will first scrutinize the current and projected availability of land, the competing demands, and displaced land use. Three country cases will give insights relevant for both subsequently discussed solution approaches: Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). In the last part, we will jointly develop policy messages of the workshop and prepare the input for deliberation in the Thematic Review LAB.

Co-Hosts: TMG Think Tank for Sustainability, German Development Institute (DIE)

facilitators:

may

22may2:00 pm- 6:00 pmWorkshop3: Protecting Land Resources for Shared ProsperityDay 1

23may9:00 am- 11:00 amWorkshop3: Protecting Land Resources for Shared ProsperityDay 2

This workshop will take place in English and French

Co-hosts

 
 

GSW Funders

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