Workshop on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda: Enhancing capacity of developing countries to adopt sustainable agriculture through Juncao technology to alleviate poverty and promote productive employment

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Conference Room 6, UNHQ

Professor Lin Zhanxi, the inventor of the Juncao Technology and Chief Scientist of National Engineering Research Centre of Juncao Technology, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University will attend the workshop to brief this technology himself and share his extensive experience in helping thousands of local people out of poverty by applying the Juncao Technology in different countries.

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The Secretariat of the United Nations presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions of the Member States to the United Nations and has the honour to extend an invitation to attend the Workshop on “Implementation of the 2030 Agenda: Enhancing capacity of developing countries to adopt sustainable agriculture through Juncao technology to alleviate poverty and promote productive employment”, which will be held on Friday, 26 May 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Conference Room 6 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The Workshop is co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, in collaboration with other relevant UN entities

The General Assembly Resolution 70/1”Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” laid out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda outlined the complex challenges for sustainable development, in particular, the urgent need to lift millions of women and men out of extreme poverty while protecting the fragile ecosystem. The 2030 Agenda reaffirmed the integrated approach to promote all three dimensions of economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection in countries’ efforts to eliminate poverty.

The lack of sufficient arable lands to grow traditional agricultural produce, especially in mountain areas, is one reason why eliminating poverty is a challenge in some countries. Juncao technology (jun meaning fungi, cao meaning grass) allows farmers in mountain areas to grow several types of nutritious mushrooms from dried, chopped grasses, as opposed to traditional methods using sawdust and wood chips that cut down trees and damage the environment. Such an environmental-friendly technology can help small-scale farmers and farming communities to develop a low-cost, commercial-scale mushroom cultivation industry that can provide sustainable livelihood for thousands. Such technology can also be used in producing cattle food, methane gas and improve the soil to combat desertification. There may also be opportunities to export these mushrooms depending on local demands. This technology is one means to potentially lift people out of poverty. To date this technology has been successfully adopted by a number of developing countries such as South Africa, Lesotho, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Such a technology has been proven to help developing countries promote sustainable agricultural production to achieve SDG1 and SDG2.

The subjected Workshop aims to promote transfer of agricultural technology and knowledge of good agricultural practices through partnerships and South-South cooperation. The Workshop will provide knowledge sharing and training opportunities on this technology. The draft agenda and program is also attached for your kind information.

 All participants are kindly requested to confirm their attendance to Ms. Ang Chen, at chena@un.org, or Mr. Chaudhry Iqbal at iqbalc@un.org, Tel: 212-963-8563, no later than Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

Enhancing social protection for poverty reduction and women’s empowerment

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22 March 2017, 4.45-6pm, Conference Room 11
Co-hosted by the Government of Bangladesh, Government of Canada, and the Government of Denmark
Supported by FAO and WFP

 

The side event will showcase the impact of gender-sensitive design and implementation in protection programmes on women’s well-being, including their food security, health status, and economic empowerment. Furthermore, the event would try to create additional support and commitment for expansion of coverage of social protection and women’s economic empowerment as a key component of the 2030 Agenda to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event will:

·        Identify promising practices to enhance the reach and impact of social protection on women’s economic empowerment; and,

·        Promote an increased understanding strengthened commitment and forward-looking action for gender sensitive social protection

Kindly RSVP for the event here: https://goo.gl/forms/6alIfFfBNwvPMhxK2

For inquiries, please contact Haque Rokebul at joyrokeb15@hotmail.com

NGO CSW 61 Parallel Events Related to Food and Hunger

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The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) turns the focus of the United Nations to Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. At the same time, civil society is given the opportunity to participate in the NGO CSW Forum, organized by NGO CSW/NY. Parallel to the UN activities, the NGO CSW Forum gives activists from around the world the opportunity to discuss the theme, network, share strategies/good practices, and lobby governments to implement resolutions and treaties. The NGO CSW Forum includes a Consultation Day, Reception (including the announcement of the annual Woman of Distinction Award), Parallel Events, Rally, and 45th Anniversary Celebration.

The Working Group on Food and Hunger has compiled a list here of food and hunger related events that will be taking place as a part of this larger conference.

Female Food Heroes

Oxfam International
13 March 2017, 12:30-2:00pm
Armenian Convention Center, Vartan Hall
630 2nd Ave, New York, NY  10016

Women, Girls, and Agriculture

New Future Foundation, Inc.
14 March 2017, 2:30-4:00pm
Salvation Army, Downstairs
221 E 52nd St, New York, NY  10022

Empower Women in Agriculture: Best Practices, Challenges and Ways forward to Meet the SDGs

Femmes Africa Solidarité
15 March 2017, 10:30am-12:00pm
Armenian Convention Center, Vartan Hall
630 2nd Ave, New York, NY  10016

The Impacts of Commercialisation in Agriculture and Forestry on Women’s Decent Employment

Center for International Forestry Research
16 March 2017, 2:30-4:00pm
Salvation Army, Downstairs
221 E 52nd St, New York, NY  10022

Women – Food Security – End Hunger – Political Will & Public Will

WUNRN – Women’s UN Report Network
17 March 2017, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Salvation Army, Auditorium
221 E 52nd St, New York, NY  10022

Securing Women’s Land Rights: Essential to Building Women’s Economic Empowerment

Landesa
17 March 2017, 12:30-2:00pm
Church Center of the United Nations, 10th Floor
777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Defense of Land and Water: Economic Empowerment for Indigenous Women

NGO Mining Working Group
21 March 2017, 8:30-10:00am
Salvation Army, Auditorium
221 E 52nd St, New York, NY  10022

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Transforming Indigenous Women through Agribusiness

African Trade Business Center
21 March 2017, 12:30-2:00pm
Salvation Army, Auditorium
221 E 52nd St, New York, NY  10022

This is by no means an exhaustive list. For the complete list of CSW61 parallel events please see the following:

NGO CSW 61 Handbook with Event List: https://www.ngocsw.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ANGO-CSW-FORUM-2017-PROOF-v4-reduced-size.pdf

Spreadsheet of Parallel Events: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017/side-events/calendar-of-side-events