Again, this year, the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) joined the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, from Tuesday, 5 to Friday, 15 July 2022, to reiterate that farmers, men, women and youth, are the most powerful actors to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

Held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the HLPF 2022 theme was “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Here’s our round-up of the events and activities WFO has been involved in during the two weeks of the HLPF.

“Farmer-driven solutions to global challenges” – Farmers’ Major Group Side Event

July 6, 2022

The event, hosted by WFO on behalf of the Farmers’ Major Group, aimed to showcase farmers’ stories and best practices from different regions, putting a light on how farmers, as agents of change, are coping with the many issues humankind is facing, as well as how other relevant stakeholders, including UN organisations, are collaborating with them to deal with these challenges. It was also the occasion to highlight farmers’ needs and constraints within the continuing crises.
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“SDGs in focus: SDG 5 and interlinkages with other SDGs – Gender equality” – HLPF Event

July 7, 2022

WFO Board member Ms Mary Robinson, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, brought the women farmers’ voice at the HLPF official event focused on SDG5 and the current barriers that must be overcome to achieve gender equality worldwide, worsened by two years of pandemic and the spreading of conflicts, food insecurity and climate change-related disasters.
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“Small Island Developing States: Building back better in vulnerable situations” – HLPF Event

July 11, 2022

Ms Tamisha Lee, President of Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers and a member of the WFO Women Committee, joined the HLPF 8th meeting, which focused on vulnerable situations in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The debate shed light on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Small Island Developing States’ livelihoods and the domino effect this kind of shock has on the entire food systems.
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