The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2017, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, is held on 10 – 19 July, 2017. The theme of the meeting is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. In 2017, 44 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF, including Cyprus and Italy.
The United Nations in 2015 adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The second Sustainable Development Goal calls on the international community to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030.
The Organic center, a leading organization in organic research has attended for the first time the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development. Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs, highlighted the ways that organic can provide innovative sustainability solutions for all of agriculture and actively support the second sustainable development goal as set by the United Nations in their agenda. Following the below statement, experts shared their experiences, lessons learned and challenges ahead in advancing sustainable agricultural and development in a one-day forum. In a discussion act as a “think tank” Dr. Shade justified the positive impact of organic not only to the viability and sustainability of the agriculture system but she also highlighted that organic products translate sustainable practices into economic gains for farmers.