World Food Day 2017


Date: October 16, 2017
Time: 1:15-2:30pm
Conference Room 12, United Nations Headquarters

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HLPF Side Event: Ban Hunger and Poverty, Not People

https-cdn.evbuc.comimages330494251129706806811originalBan Hunger and Poverty, Not People: Leveraging community leadership and gender-focused strategies in a world of forced displacement

This event, co-hosted by Church World Service and The Hunger Project, will focus on the need for integrated, gender-focused community-led solutions that economically empower persons on the brink of displacement and migration.

There are 65.3 million displaced persons today. No one should lose crucial development opportunities due to conflict or poorly decentralized basic services. Yet, displaced persons, especially women, are disproportionately affected economically, politically, and socially.


Moderator: Mary Kate Costello, Senior Policy Analyst and UN Representative, The Hunger Project

Ravi Karkara, Senior Strategic Advisor for Partnerships and Advocacy, UN Women

Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture, UNFPA

Rosie del Pilar Diaz Garavito, Youth Delegate, Mission of Peru to the UN

Andrew Fuys, Director, Program Innovation and Evaluation, Church World Service

Closing Remarks: Maurice A. Bloem, Executive Vice President, Church World Service



Wed, July 19, 2017

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT


Church Center of the United Nations

777 United Nations Plaza

10th Floor

New York, NY 10017

United States

What and who may be missing from the review of the food, nutrition and sustainable agriculture-related SDGs at the 2017 HLPF?

Friday, 14 July 2017 at 1:15-2:45 p.m.
Church Center for the United Nations, Hardin Room, 11th Floor
1st Avenue and 44th Street (entrance on 44th Street)

An opportunity for early reflection and open dialogue among civil society and others on the 2017 review of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (including intersections with other goals under review).

Lead Discussants:

Janene Vazzie
– Human rights and indigenous rights advocate
– Co-founder and CEO of Sixth World Solutions
– Work centered on revitalizing traditional knowledge and seventh generation planning

Tarcila Rivera Zea
– Journalist and indigenous peoples’ rights advocate
– Founder of CHIRAPAQ to promote cultural re-affirmation, women’s empowerment, anti-racism, and food sovereignty

Emily Mattheisen
– FIAN International (International NGO for the Right to Food and Nutrition)
– Working on monitoring and accountability on the right to food and nutrition
– Coordinator for the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition

Moderated by David Weaver, Global Policy Forum

Co-sponsored by:
NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations
Food and Ag Cluster of the NGO Major Group of the SDGs

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.

View the complete program here 

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, or Mr. Chaudhry Iqbal at, Tel: 212-963-8563, no later than Wednesday, 17 May 2017.