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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Thursday, September 14 • 10:00am - 1:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Agroecology Theme Day under the framework of the Science Summit at the 78 United Nations General Assembly (141002)

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Session's name: Prospects for achieving equitable food systems through agroecology as part of the Agroecology Theme Day under the framework of the Science Summit at the 78 United Nations General Assembly

Co-convenors: Agroecology TPP and Agroecology Coalition

Session description and objectives:  Far from many SDG targets being on course to be met, hunger, biodiversity loss and inequality are accelerating while prospects for limiting climate change to manageable consequences are fast diminishing. In this context, it is increasingly clear that there is a need for integrated systemic actions rather than trying to tackle one issue at a time. Agroecological transitions do this by maintaining a focus on improving food security and nutrition equitably, alongside stemming and reversing biodiversity loss, degradation of land and water resources; and, both mitigating and adapting to climate change.
From the agricultural research for development standpoint, the importance of a paradigm shift towards more systemic, transdisciplinary approaches has been repeatedly stressed. This shift needs to be coupled with local, national and global enabling policy frameworks conducive to the widespread uptake of agroecological transitions, unlocking finance for agroecological research and development that is in proportion with its potential to address global challenges. Improving access to scientific evidence around agroecological transitions by the global community is vital for scaling evidence-based approaches to food systems transformation, highlighting the importance of the agroecological principle of co-creation and sharing of knowledge.
Organized by the Agroecology Coalition and The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology under the framework of the Science Summit at UNGA 78, this agroecology theme day aims at addressing the above key issues through a series of panel and roundtable discussions with the final objective to co-develop draft recommendations as input to the 2024 Summit of the Future in an inclusive manner. This event will build on the UN Food Systems Summit Stock-taking Moment in Rome, July 2023 and inform the conversation at COP28 in UAE, November / December 2023.
Through interactive and roundtable discussions we will explore progress in science, policy and practice required to effect agroecological transitions, addressing multiple SDGs at the same time.
REGISTER AT https://tinyurl.com/Agroecology-UNGA78 


Lany Rebagay

Advocacy Program Manager, Asian Farmers Association (AFA

Jemimah Njuki

Chief of Economic Empowerment, UN Women

H.E. Prof. Bitange Ndemo

Kenyan Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union

H.E. Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière

Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, New York

Ambassador Gabriel Ferrero y de Loma-Osorio

Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Rachel Bezner Kerr

Professor, Department of Global Development, Cornell University

Alex Awiti

Senior Agroecology Policy and Advocacy Advisor, CIFOR-ICRAF

Mary Crossland

Associate Scientist - Livelihood Systems, CIFOR-ICRAF
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Fergus Sinclair

Chief Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF and Co-convenor, Agroecology TPP

Oliver Oliveros

Coordinator, Agroecology Coalition

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Matthias Geck

CIFOR-ICRAF (Agroecology TPP)

Thursday September 14, 2023 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT