Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to make a brief intervention on behalf of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) on SDG 2.
As noted by previous speakers we have, over the past two days, engaged in a rich discussion, in the context of the Expert Group Meeting, on all aspects of this Goal which we consider pivotal to the overall achievement of the 2030 Agenda. We thank DESA, the FAO, IFAD and the WFP for their collaborative efforts that made this possible.
Three accomplished and talented women will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2017. Robynne Anderson, Patty Jones and Jean Szkotnicki will be formally inducted into the national Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta.
“I am personally thrilled that more Canadian women are being recognized this year for their extraordinary accomplishments in the Canadian agriculture industry,” says President Herb McLane, Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “This year’s three inductees have contributed to the strength and health of our industry from very different perspectives – covering the animal health sector, publishing and consulting, and livestock photography. With more than 210 inductees in the Hall of Fame, and only five of them women, it is very heartening to be recognizing the outstanding contributions these three women continue to add to the Canadian agricultural industry.”
The Cornell Alliance for Science, in close collaboration with the Global Farmer Network, is seeking nominations for a 2017 Cornell Alliance for Science Leadership Course for Farmers. The Leadership Course for Farmers is an intensive six-day (September 18–23, 2017) training course to be held in Moline, Illinois, USA. The course is designed for farmers around the world who are committed to advocating for increased access to agricultural biotechnology as a means of addressing challenges such as food security, agricultural sustainability, and climate change. This course will be taught in English.
This interactive training course will focus on providing participants with the frameworks, tools, and support they need to be effective advocates for scientific innovation in their home countries. Course participants will discuss common challenges, engage in collective problem solving, and share best practices. We will take an applied approach; participants will conduct assessments of the issue landscape, hone their public speaking skills, and explore how to apply grassroots organizing, strategic relationship-building, and targeted communications to influence key stakeholder groups.
Rome, 9 June 2017: Donald Moore, Executive Director of the Global Dairy Platform, has been elected Chair of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN). The IAFN works on a wide variety of issues relating to agriculture, food and nutrition, and serves as the focal point for the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Moore will lead the IAFN in the next two years in bringing together international agricultural associations representing over 10,000 businesses worldwide in 135 countries. “The private sector has a fundamental role to play in creating a sustainable future. We are committed to working together with multilateral organizations, Rome-based UN agencies, and other key actors to promote agricultural development, achieve food security and improved nutrition,” stated Moore upon his nomination at IAFN’s Annual General Meeting in Rome.
High-level Political Forum
United Nations - 18 July 2017
Insights from Chief Sustainability Officers & Sustainability Champions
19 July 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Conference Room 11, UN HQ
13 July 2017
Conference Room 6, United Nations Headquarters
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23 May 2017 | GENEVA - Today the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.
Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012–2016 and as Minister of Health, Ethiopia from 2005–2012. He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
PSM members are invited to directly shape GFAR’s future work.
Please take a few minutes to share the priorities that you would like to see in the next GFAR Plan, using the link below and entering your responses by May 27, 2017.
We all agree that a number of key constraints face us all, none of which can be overcome by any one organization or sector. The GFAR Steering Committee has suggested key areas for GFAR to focus on and they now look to flesh out these areas with your own ideas.
In this innovative spirit, the next GFAR 4-year Medium Term Plan will be developed and determined by you, the nearly 500 Partner networks and institutions that make up this unique movement for change. This is an exciting shift that really puts you, the Partners in GFAR, in the driving seat for change.
I am just back from the first Chief Executive Board meeting since António Guterres took office. Nearly all United Nations leaders were present, including the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. Our very own Achim Steiner also took part as incoming head of the Development Programme.
One thing is very clear – this is a new era for the United Nations. So, I want to share this positive news with you. It was a completely new atmosphere with incredible energy and much less formality.
The Secretary-General insisted that, within the family, we call him Antonio and not Mr. Secretary-General. He wants to see fewer ties and more efficiency; he wants people to challenge him more; and he wants tangible results.
To make the point he even wore a sweater. The group responded by reminding António that he may be Secretary-General, but he still is not the most famous from Portugal (Ronaldo is way ahead)!