The IFOAM Advocacy Team give in this video their conclusions from the RIO+20 negotiations. If the word Organic does not appear in the final document, IFOAM and the Organic Movement have been able to make the voice of Organic heard, and it has been relayed by important stakeholders such as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan, whose speech is available HERE.
Robert Jordan is the Advocacy Manager of IFOAM. In this interview he visits a favela in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, to interact with the pioneers of organic urban rooftop gardening in Brazil. He outlines the benefits opportunities rising from urban agriculture, as well as the IFOAM advocacy strategy on this matter in Rio+20.
During the RIO+20 Conference, IFOAM will be present at a series of event, including the official UNCSD Side Event ‘Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture as a Means of Implementation’ chaired by IFOAM Executive Director Markus Arbenz, the official UNCSD Sustainable Development Learning Course “Organic Agriculture -Locally Driven Solutions to Global Priorities” chaired by IFOAM President Andre Leu featuring a 30 min speech and Q&A with the Prime Minster of Bhutan or the Biovision or the IFOAM High Level ‘Taste of Change’ Organic Dinner with Heads of State. Also, IFOAM will organize two remote sessions live from Rio, the “IFOAM Global Dialogues on Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture”, on June 15 and on June 20 at 7 am (Rio Time).
On November 1, 2011, IFOAM submitted its contribution to the UNCSD RIO+20 Zero Draft calling for farming systems that nourishes Nature and supports biological activities, efficient use of water, climate, seeds, breeds and naturally developed soils can guarantee food and nutrition for all, now and in the future.
To read the full submission, please click here.