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  • FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY,HEALTH AND GENDER EQUALITY:
  • Partnerships for the integration of food and nutrition security, health and gender equality to achieve climate-resilient sustainable development

Related Partnerships

The Partnerships Forum will be held from 20-22 June 2012 at at RioCentro ? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Venue: Pavilion T (Major Groups Pavilion) - Room T-3.
Partnerships for the integration of food and nutrition security, health and gender equality
20 Jun 2012
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Pavilion T (Major Groups Pavilion) - Room T-3

Inter-linkages between critical issues

The issues of food and nutrition security, health, gender equality, environmental degradation and climate change are closely interrelated. Climate change and environmental degradation undermine the full enjoyment of human rights and have a direct impact on the health and the food and nutrition security of millions of people - particularly women and their children-, and on their ability to move out of poverty. At the same time, women's empowerment, engagement and transformational leadership are critical to build resilience to climate change and embark on sustainable development pathways that ensure global health, food and nutrition security and lead to higher incomes. Likewise rights based approaches with an emphasis on participation, transparency and accountability play a role in making development more inclusive and equitable. Unfortunately, these critical issues are often addressed through siloed approaches which reduce their effectiveness and impact.

Objectives

This event aims to provide a forum to:

1. Highlight the nexus between food and nutrition security, health, gender equality as key pillars of climate-resilient and sustainable development.
2. Explore the potential of a climate justice approach to inform more inclusive and equitable policy options in the context of Rio+20 and the post 2015 MDG framework.
3. Launch a policy brief and validation of key recommendations on how to integrate food and nutrition security, health and gender equality in climate-resilient and sustainable development and poverty eradication.
4. Establish an informal high level group to advance the issues of health, food and nutrition security and gender equality, including through the necessary partnerships and initiatives to a view to enhance the implementation of Rio+20 and the post-2015 development framework.

Partners/Organizers:

UNDESA and the Public Health Institute

Co-organizers: World Food Programme (WFP), UN Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice (MRFCJ).
Programme of the Session

Welcome/Introduction:
Cristina Tirado, Director of the Center of Public Health and Climate Change at PHI: A call for partnerships for the integration of food and nutrition security, health and gender equality as key pillars of climate-resilient sustainable development.

Moderated discussion - Moderator: David Nabarro, UN SG's Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition (TBC)

Invited round table panelists and thematic focus:

Ertharin Cousin WFP, Executive Director of the World Food Program (TBC) - Proven pathways to empowering food insecure women.

Ann Tutwiler, FAO deputy Director General - gender and nutrition sensitive - climate smart agriculture.

Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice (MRFCJ). A climate justice perspective.

Winnie Byanyima, UNDP, Director, Gender Team, Bureau for Development Policy - The Nexus between Gender Equality, Growth and Sustainable Development.

Maria Neira, WHO Director of Public Health and Environment Department - Health in a Green Economy.

Carlos Seré, International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD Chief Development Strategist, Buidling smalholders? resilience.

Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation (invited- TBC).

Questions from the audience


Envisaged Deliverables

* Launch a policy brief with key recommendations on the integration of food and nutrition security, health and gender equality in climate-resilient and sustainable development and poverty eradication with a view to enhance the implementation of Rio+20 and the post-2015 development agenda.
* Identify the necessary partnerships and key actions to advance the issues of health, food and nutrition security and gender equality beyond Rio+20 and as an input to the post-2015 development agenda.


Potential Participants

* Key figures around the world with recognized leadership and contributions to integrate food security and nutrition, health and gender into climate resilience and sustainable development.
* Partnerships/organizations wishing to feature their work and launch specific initiatives.
* Governments making concrete announcements on enhanced collaborative efforts and initiatives.





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