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Virtual Seminar: The 2030 Agenda and opportunities for the Caribbean

Addressed to managers and professionals from governments, private sector, academia and civil society of Caribbean countries.

This initiative is part of a series of three sub-regional virtual seminars on the 2030 Agenda: South America, Caribbean and Mesoamerica.

11th of September 2018 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is receiving applications to the virtual seminar on The 2030 Agenda and the opportunities for the Caribbean: “Towards sustainable food systems and agriculture”, starting on 31 October 2018.

This is a great opportunity for managers and professionals from governments, private sector, academia and civil society of the Caribbean countries to interactively learn and exchange experiences on mainstreaming the 2030 agenda into national policies, plans and strategies related to agriculture and food systems and monitoring and communicating SDG’s progress.

The Seminar aims to strengthen capacities for the implementation of the 2030 agenda in the Caribbean and promote a better understanding of the role of agriculture and food systems in achieving the SDGs, with focus on the SDGs 1, 2, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 15

Adopted in 2015, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guide the actions of the international community in achieving growth and development for all, and offer a vision of a fairer, more peaceful and resilient word, in which no one is left behind.

Countries are increasingly integrating the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs into their national development agendas and sectoral and cross-sectoral strategies. Food systems and the resource base upon which they depend, have a central role for environmental sustainability and economic and social fabric of society, being key to attaining the SDGs. In the Caribbean, agriculture– intended in the broad sense as crop, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture – is a key sector that is frequently identified as a critical component of economic growth, an anchor for rural livelihood and development, and vital to national and regional food security.

With a dedication of about two hours per week, at the end of the virtual seminar participants will have a better understanding of the importance and relevance of food systems and agriculture in the context of the 2030 Agenda, acquire and share knowledge on replicable/adaptable experiences and tools to implement the SDGs and be in position to assume an active role on its implementation and dissemination.

This initiative is part of a series of three sub-regional virtual seminars on the 2030 Agenda: South America, Caribbean and Mesoamerica. The main outcomes of the virtual seminars include a network of engaged actors and a publication gathering experiences, lessons learned and challenges. These outcomes will be the basis for the Community of Practice on Food and Agriculture and the SDGs for Latin America and the Caribbean, planned for the second semester 2019.

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