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A Daily Report of the Rio Conventions Pavilion: "What Sustainable land and soil management can do to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?"
The Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, organised two specific events dedicated to land and soil at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 12 until 22 June 2012. Moreover, the Global Soil Biodiversity Unitiative organised an additional event in Rio.
We would like to bring to your attention the following Rio+20 side events related to soil:
Securing Healthy Soils and Stopping Land Degradation: Outcomes for Rio+20
World Day to Combat Desertification Global Observance Event
Sunday 17 June 2012, 10:30-19:30
Rio Conventions Pavilion, Athlete's Park, Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
The demand for life's essentials will rise significantly in the next 20 years. About 50% more food will be needed, 40% more energy and 35% more water. How will these demands to be met and with what resources? Past trends show that land, including soil, the foundation of these goods and services, is not only getting destroyed, but is outside the radar screen of policy-makers because there is no political will to get something done? Without healthy soils and productive land, there is no sustainable development. There is no green economy and no secure future for most. Creating the 'Future We Want' starts with the commitments to preserve non-degraded land and soil and to balance out the degrading land with the recovery of an equal amount of degraded land. Come join the policy-makers, scientists and experts, as well as civil society organizations meeting in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, 17 June, to show that with political will, it is possible to preempt future dire scenarios. This event is open to the public. Portuguese-English simultaneous interpretation service is available. Find here the tentative programme. More information is available on the European Commission web site and the UNCCD web site.
Towards a truly Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI)
Sunday, 17 June, 2012 8:00-11:00
Espaço Mariza, Embrapa Solos, Rua Jardim Botânico 1024 (next to the Botanical Gardens car entrance)
Find more information and the agenda
Goals for Healthy Soils and the Role of the Global Soil Partnership
Wednesday 20 June 2012, 19:00-20:30
Room P3-B, RioCentro Conference Centre, Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Land and soils deliver key ecosystem services and are pillars of the green economy. They support human well-being and provide sustenance for all including the poor, and are a source of new employment and economic progress. Their degradation is a serious global issue because of its adverse impact on food security, climate change, and ecosystem resilience. Current land and soil degradation rates are unsustainable, thus business-as-usual is not an option. The side event will discuss what kind of goals and targets on land and soil should be decided upon in Rio+20 and what role the Global Soil Partnership promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, as well as the Economics of Land Degradation, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and other relevant initiatives could play in supporting their implementation. Senior speakers from diverse regions of the world, including the European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik, the UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Ganacadja and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, will discuss which direction the planet should take to ensure that land and soil develop their full potential, thus contributing to the Rio+20 outcome. Please note that this event is only open to registered participants to the Rio+20 Conference. Find attached the poster of the event. More information is available on the European Commission web site .
We invite you to distribute this message to relevant contacts, particularly your colleagues participating to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.
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