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Towards Rio+20: Sustainable Agriculture within a Green Economy
21 Oct 2011 - 21 Oct 2011
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Food and agriculture is of high relevance for the UNCSD 2012?s themes ?Green Economy and ?Institutional Frameworks?. Rio+20 has the potential to strengthen coherent food security policy and to foster the implementation of sustainable agriculture. Biovision is contributing to the process towards UNCSD 2012 (?Rio+20?), to promote sustainable agriculture as a key issue. It is in this context that the following dialogue is organized by Biovision ? Foundation for Ecological Development, Millennium Institute and the More and Better Network.

?Towards Rio+20: Sustainable Agriculture within a Green Economy?, Friday 21st of October from 12.30 until 14.30 at FAO in Rome, Italy (Ethiopia Room)

There are various ideas and opportunities on how Rio+20 could address food security and sustainable agriculture. The time is right to reflect on recent developments on Rio+20 with regards to sustainable agriculture and food security and to discuss what would be a meaningful outcome at Rio+20 on sustainable agriculture.

Confirmed panellists for this dialogue are:

H.E. Ambassador Ms Gerda Verburg, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organisations for Food and Agriculture;
Mr. Pedro Brancante Machado, Alternate Permanent Repre¬sentative of Brazil to FAO, Focal Point for Rio+20
Mr. Hubert Poffet, Senior Officer, International Sustainable Agriculture, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland
NN; Representative of the US Mission to the UN agencies in Rome

Mr. Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources Management and En¬vironment Department, FAO, Focal Point to UNCSD 2012

Dr. Hans R. Herren, Winner of the World Food Prize, President Millennium Institute & Bio¬vision
Ms. Maryam Rahmanian, Vice-Chair of the CFS?s High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

Delegates and representatives from governments, international organizations, science and CSO are invited to participate at theses event and to contribute to the discussions.

If you require more information about the dialogues, please get in touch with: Michael Brander, Project Manager (Tel. +41 79 730 83 79, email:

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