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.
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).
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.
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.
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.