ISSD Report

“Global Soil Week 2017 (GSW 2017) convened from 22-24 May 2017 in Berlin, Germany, and addressed the theme, ‘Catalyzing SDG Implementation through a Land and Soil Review.’ Attended by almost 300 participants, the meeting aimed to develop policy messages as input to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) scheduled to convene in July 2017. […] ”

The full IISD report can be downloaded here.


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.

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


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


Workshop3: Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity


The Agenda

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.



GSW Funders

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