Plenaries GSW2017

Opening Plenary

Monday May 22nd 10-12HrsAn integrative perspective across the SDGs: how land and soils will contribute to eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity


This plenary will aim to come to a joint understanding of the value of holding an event such as the Global Soil Week as a preparatory/relevant event for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). It will make the case for an integrated perspective across the Sustainable Development Goals by addressing the multiple linkages between the different SDGs and across countries. The Global Soil Week as a whole will aim to produce a set of policy messages to be put forward for the consideration of the HLPF in July when the SDGs are reviewed (several of the countries represented in this plenary will be presenting a National Voluntary Review in this year’s HLPF). The messages emerging from the Global Soil Week should highlight soil and land related issues (relevant to the SDGs being reviewed at the HLPF) which could be given more attention in national implementation of the SDGs and propose strategies or priority areas to ensure these resources contribute to promoting prosperity and ending poverty.


Ivonne Lobos Alva, Global Soil Week Coordinator (GSW), Guatemala.

Alexander Müller, Managing Director TMG. Think-Tank for Sustainability, Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and Study Lead TEEBAgriFood, Germany.

Welcome and Opening by German Government

Stefan SchmitzHead of Division: Special Unit “One World – No Hunger, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)”, Germany.


Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs UNDESA

High-Level Speakers

MsAnna Onyango, Director Policy, Research & Regulation, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya

Mme Françoise Assogba Komlan, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fischeries, Benin

Daouda Maiga , Conseiller Technique du Ministre de l’Agriculture et des Aménagements Hydrauliques, Burkina Faso

Mme Louisette Clémence Bamzok née Mbadobe, Development Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cameroon

Ferew Lemma , Senior Advisor, Office of the Minister, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – (Represented by Mr. Johns Muleso Kharika)

Klaus Töpfer, Founding Director TMG. Think-Tank for Sustainability and former Co-Chair of the Independent Group of Advisors on the long-term positioning of the UN system in the context of the 2030 Agenda, Germany

Closing Plenary

Wednesday May 24th 11:30-13:30 Hrs “Finding innovative ways to approach the follow-up and review of soil and land: lessons learned from this pilot thematic review”

This plenary will begin with the presentation of a Medal/Award for Klaus Töpfer on behalf of the International Union of Soil Scientists – IUSS with remarks by Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.


This panel discussion will reflect on and draw conclusions from the methodology piloted through the GSW. The discussions will further aim to link the outcomes of the GSW to UN processes such as the 2030 Agenda and the Climate Agreement, as well as with other constituencies working on follow up and review.


Jes Weigelt, Co-lead Sustainability Governance Programme and Global Soil Forum Coordinator, IASS, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany


Klaus Töpfer, Founding Director TMG. Think-Tank for Sustainability and former Co-Chair of the Independent Group of Advisors on the long-term positioning of the UN system in the context of the 2030 Agenda, Germany

Celine Charveriat, Executive Director, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Belgium

Rattan Lal, Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center The Ohio State University, USA

Marianne Beisheim, Senior Researcher, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Germany

Hilary Ogbonna, Programme Specialist and Focal Point for Africa and the Arab States for the UN SDG Action Campaign

Chantal Clément , Co-Coordinator, the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES),  Belgium





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