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The meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2020 will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council. This will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 14 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020.

The theme will be “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expected limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, all meetings will be held virtually, including all side and special events.

Again this year, the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) will join the debate to reiterate that farmers, men, women and youth, are the most powerful actors to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. During the two weeks of the virtual HLPF, WFO will be engaged in the following session and events:

Ending hunger and achieving food security – HLPF Session

7 July 2020, 3-4 PM (NY Time)

WFO was actively engaged in the preparation of this session and contributed to shaping the background document, which is available on the HLPF website. Follow the meeting live on UN Webcast at http://webtv.un.org/

HLPF 2020 Session: Ending hunger and achieving food security for all – Background Note

Transformative pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda: a whole of society approach taking into account the impact of Covid19 (stakeholder perspective) – HLPF Session

7 July 2020, 4-5 PM (NY Time)

WFO will attend the session as a member of the Steering Group of the Major Group and Other Stakeholders (MGoS) Mechanism.

Lessons from a new Disaster: National and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in Action – Side event of the Sendai Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism

8 July 2020, 8 – 9 AM (NY Time)

WFO, as member of the Advisory Group of the Sendai Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM), joined the task group for the organisation of this side event which aims at enhancing the understanding of the value of effective DRM strategies to Covid19 response as well as increasing the awareness of the global target E of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and its relevance in the context of Covid19.

Protecting the planet and building resilience – HLPF Session

8 July 2020, 2 – 3 PM (NY Time)

WFO was actively engaged in the preparation of this session and contributed to shaping the background document, which is available on the HLPF website. Follow the meeting live on UN Webcast at http://webtv.un.org/

It is worth mentioning that , thanks to WFO advocacy work, the Climakers programme has been officially included in the background paper among the good practices within the context of food systems.

Furthermore, Dr Theo de Jager, WFO President, will be addressing the session as Lead Discussant on behalf of the Farmers’ Major Group.

HLPF 2020 Session: Protecting the Planet and Building Resilience – Background Note

COOPs 4 Climate Action – Webinar

9 July 2020, 3 – 4.30 PM (Brussels Time)

On the occasion of the 2020 International Day of Cooperatives, the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) will celebrate by hosting a webinar. Register here: bit.ly/31OyD3B

WFO, as member of the COPAC Board, will be represented by Ms Meena Pokhrel, Deputy General Manager of NACCFL (WFO member organisation from Nepal) who will be addressing the audience sharing her perspectives on climate action within the agricultural sector and its relation with women & youth empowerment as well as domestic resource mobilization.

Covid19 pandemic: a worldwide response from the global farmers’ community. Stories from the field – Side event of the Farmers’ Major Group

14 July 2020, 8 – 9 AM (NY Time)

WFO and IFOAM – Organics International will be co-hosting the farmers’ major group side event, featuring global and regional perspectives from farmers’ leaders. The detailed agenda of the event will follow closer to the date.

Daily updates on WFO and farmers’ engagement in the HLPF will be available on Twitter by following @worldfarmersorg and #HLPF; #SDGs#GlobalGoals.