Interventions: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Participation in 4th Negotiating Session for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

20–24 April 2015
 
Ajay K Jha on behalf of CECOEDECON and BCPH participated in the April session of post 2015 in New York. The statement includes the concerns on agriculture and food security. While, the focus given to small-scale farmers in Goal 2 of SDGs is reflected in the FfD zero draft, the major concern is the primacy given to private finance and treating private finance from farmers at par with institutional private finance; as both have entirely different purposes and objectives. While agriculture may be the biggest private enterprise and is likely to remain so in future, that by itself does not reduce the importance of increasing public investments and better aid in agriculture. The report of the High Level Task Force on Global Cooperation emphasizes that while 90% of the private investment in agriculture remains clustered in food and beverages processing and marketing and only 5% of the FDI in agriculture goes to LMICs and 4% to the LICs.
 

Regional Consultation for East & North East India; Sustainable Development Goals – India Perspective

1st& 2nd April, 2015, Kolkata
 
Regional Consultation for North and East India was organized on Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with IPPF, FPA India, CINI, Landesa and TWN India. The consultation was attended by Government Authorities, Civil Society Organizations, Academic Institutions, Research Organizations and other stakeholders from eight Eastern and North-eastern States of India.

Chhattisgarh State Consultation on Nationalizing Sustainable Development Goals

21-22 February 2015, Raipur

More than 200 farmers and elected representatives of the local bodies participated in the Consultation on Nationalizing Sustainable Development Goals. The Consultation also witnessed the participation of Sh Ajay Chandrakar, Minister Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Parliamentary Affairs, Tourism, Sh Amar Aggrawal, Minister Urban Administration, Sh Chandrashekhar Sahu, former Minister  &  MP, Sh SC Behar, former Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Rajlakshmi, Sr. Scientist from MSSRF, Sh Anand Sharma, Convener, Chhattisgarh Krishak Biradari. The Consultation discussed the SDGs proposal of the Open Working Group. While it reflected on the proposal, it found it unambitious and incapable of providing sustainable and inclusive development. The Consultation also reflected on the orientation of development in the country and the state. Lack of decentralized planning and role of people in the planning, unabated degradation and exploitation of the natural resources, inadequate support to farmers and agriculture, lack of dignity in agriculture, feminization of agriculture etc. were voiced as the main concerns. The main outcome of the Consultation was to undertake climate change resilient planning in 100 villages/blocks by the participants and organizers with the support of the elected representatives of the local bodies (Municipal Bodies and Gram Panchayats) and state government. 

Farmers Training Workshop, Uttar Pradesh

7-8 November 2014

A two-day training workshop was organized for small and marginal farmers in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh around the theme ‘Climate Change and Agriculture’. The workshop was organized to share information on changing climate pattern and future climate scenario of Eastern UP, to train farmers to access local/regional weather info to plan their agricultural practices accordingly and to build resilience of farmers in changing climate by sharing innovative farming practices. The experts familiarized the farmers with the causes of climate change, its process, and impact around the world and linked the topic to agriculture. Dr. Sheo Shankar Verma from Gorakhpur University, said that climate change has also increased incidences of damage to crops, soil erosion, pest infestation etc. Even the quality of crop produced has been impacted as movement from field to storage and transportation to the market is dependent on the prevailing weather. It is therefore very important for farmers to know daily, seasonal, and annual variations that play a vital role in crop response and survival.  During agriculture adaptation session farmers were trained on Soil Management and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Nationalizing Sustainable Development Debate, Regional Consultation-East

20-21 October 2014

A two-day consultation on Nationalizing Sustainable Development Debate was organized at DNS Institute of Cooperative Management, Patna on 20th – 21st October 2014 by Beyond Copenhagen, CECOEDECON, PAIRVI, and Nidan. The Consultation was a follow up of the National Consultation held on 21st and 22nd August at Delhi, which mandated the Campaign to organize regional and state consultations on the issue. The consultation was aimed to take the sustainable development debate into public domain and discuss the issues at local level. The objective of the consultation was to give Feedback to global negotiation, evolving a set of National SDGs, Discussing local issues of un-sustainability and Discussion on alternatives. Discussants across the states prioritized some important issues which need to be taken into the account.

National Consultation on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

6th September 2014, Bhopal

PAIRVI and Beyond Copenhagen organized a national consultation on climate change and sustainable development in collaboration of EPCo and MPCOST, GoMP on 6th September 2014. The objective of the consultation was to arrive at a national consensus with regard to India’s position on climate change and sustainable development (and trade/ WTO) including its stance and approach on these issues in international negotiations. The Consultation attracted the highest political attention and had the attendance of the Chief Minister along with many other relevant ministers (viz. housing, urban development and forests, water, transport, science and technology etc.) along with bureaucrats from several departments. 

Nationalizing Sustainable Development Debate

 

21st - 22nd August 2014, New Delhi

The Consultation titled "Nationalizing Sustainable Development Debate" was organized by PAIRVI in collaboration with other organizations. The Consultation was attended by over 100 NGOs from 16 states of India. Indian CSOs rejected the draft SDGs released by the United Nations' Open Working Group. In a Consultation scores of NGOs concluded that the SDGs will not help either sustainability or development as they are set within the same framework that caused the problem. They lamented the lack of ambition and genuine efforts in the process, and emphasized that the SDGs process do not aim at going to the crux of the problem in looking for the solution and therefore, in their present shape are unlikely to address the major global challenges and crises of economy, food, fuel and climate. 

Improving Governance of the SDGs Through Improved Mechanisms for Engagement of the Major Groups

Side Event at HLPF2
2nd July 2014
PAIRVI have organized a side event on Improving Governance of the SDGs through Improved Mechanism for Engagement of the Major Groups on 2nd July 2014, at HLPF 2. The unique positioning of the HLPF between the UNGA and the ECOSOC might have adverse implications for MGs engagement. The side event discussed What MGs engagement mechanism will best suit the interests of the HLPF and will be helpful in effective governance of the SDGs.

An Interaction with Pablo Solon on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

11th March 2014
Speaking on the occasion, Pablo Solon, Director, Focus on the Global South and Former Lead Negotiator of Bolivia in UNFCCC negotiations, said that climate change is a systemic problem rather than an environmental problem brought about by the consumeristic culture of the capitalist society. If we want to limit increase in temperature then we need to cut down our consumption pattern and, subsequently, burn only one-third of the known fossil fuels. He, however, feared that the new convention that shall be signed in Paris in 2015 shall be more based on 'pledges' than 'commitments' and would also open too many new markets for private sector to invest.

Open Discussion on CBD COP 11

11th September 2012
This meeting of various civil society groups - either active or preparing to be so, in different areas of people’s concerns about biological diversity and livelihoods, was called upon to discuss the overarching concerns of not only loss of biodiversity but also of increased, state assisted systematic transfer of control over biodiversity, food productions systems and natural resources from communities to private entities in the name of regulation, conservation and promotion. India as a host of the eleventh COP of Convention on Biological diversity should not only showcase its efforts in organizing CBD COP but also addressing these critical concerns. The discussion aimed to connect with organizations and networks participating in COP and to explore what synergies and convergence can be created not only in terms of participation at CBD COP but also as a long term and sustained engagement with the issue, institutions and state.

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sustainable development

PAIRVI promotes rights based approach to development and believes that current economic models have failed to address poverty, inequality, marginalization and are based on overexploitation of natural resources. It engages with Sustainable Development Goals and other policies aimed at sustainable development. It promotes decentralized policy making and demands accountable governance. It seeks to enhance peoples understanding on sustainable development so that they can be partners in development and analyze policies, programmes and actions. It also engages with UN agencies working on sustainable development and environment including United Nations General Assembly, High Level Political Forum on SDGs, United Nations Environment, and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. PAIRVI is an active member of the Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism on Agenda 2030.