30 Jul 2018

WFO engagement in 2018 High-Level Political Forum


A delegation of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), led by the Vice-President, Mr. Dave Velde, joined the 2018 High-Level Political Forum, in New York, as Organizing Partner of the Farmers Major Group.
The group was also composed by Ms. Mildred Crawford, from WFO Jamaican member organization, JNRWP -Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers, and Ms. Liisa Pietola, from WFO Finnish member organization, MTK - The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners.

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the main United Nations platform on Sustainable Development, has a significant role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level.

The theme of this year was: "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies".

The event included numerous panel and roundtables on the theme and on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under review, focusing on: Goal 6 (Clean water and sanitation); Goal 7 (Affordable and clean energy); Goal 11 (Sustainable cities and communities); Goal 12 (Responsible consumption and production); Goal 15 (Life on land); Goal 17 (Partnerships for the goals).

As representative of the farming community, WFO delegation took part in the debate, ensuring that worldwide farmers’ voice was heard and respected.

On July 9th, Mr. Dave Velde participated in the Official meeting on the Review of SDG6 (Clean water and sanitation) implementation. As a follow-up of his participation, Mr. Velde wrote an article to share within the WFO network his impressions about the event. (Read more here).

Ms. Mildred Crawford took the floor on two occasions participating, on July 12th, in the Sendai Stakeholders side event, and the day after in the side-event on rural urban linkages for inclusive and resilient societies and healthy ecosystems.
On July 13th Ms. Liisa Pietola, Head of Environmental Affairs of MTK, brought farmers’ perspective in the
Official meeting on the Review of SDG15 (Life on Land) Implementation.

In both cases, Ms. Crawford and Ms. Pietola advocated the key role played by farmers in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, as well as the relevance of inclusive and cross-sectoral policies that address all the three dimensions, economic, social and environmental, of sustainability.

WFO representatives, during their speech, reminded the audience that farmers deserve full consideration by politicians, that they are already committed to achieve sustainable development and that they stand ready to work with all the other relevant stakeholders.