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SARD in Johannesburg

The main purpose of WSSD is to allow Governments, UN agencies, international finance institutions, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders to assess global change since the 1992 Earth Summit. WSSD is a crucial step for the development and implementation of SARD in the fight against hunger and poverty; it will allow stakeholders from all sectors of society to evaluate progress and evolution, success and failures since Rio. WSSD is a chance for all key players in agriculture, environment, and development to come together and concretize viable partnerships and commitments, in accordance with the second type of outcomes expected from the Summit. A number of proposals for partnerships were proposed at PrepComII (see Proposals for Partnerships/Initiatives to Strengthen the Implementation of Agenda 21). PrepComIII produced general guidelines and defined the scope and modalities of "type two"outcomes (see Further Guidance for Partnerships/Initiatives, and the Vice-Chairs’ Summary of the Informal Meetings on Partnerships/Initiatives).

To support the development of non-negotiated type-two outcomes in relation to SARD, in Preparation for WSSD, FAO is facilitating the following tasks:

  • Develop Progress Reports on the SARD Initiative to strengthen the implementation of Agenda 21 (for PrepCom III and then again for PrepCom IV)
  • Hold informal meetings with Governments to refine the SARD Initiative (at PrepComs III and IV)
  • Hold planning meetings with all partners engaged in the SARD Initiative (at PrepComs III and IV, and at WFS: fyl)
  • Convene an Electronic Forum/Conference for the refinement of Thematic Papers on Potential Commitment Areas and encourage dialogue on how to advance the SARD Initiative. This dialogue would also facilitate the incorporation of comments from Civil Society Stakeholders, the Private Sector, and Governments, and Inter-Governmental Organizations and thus make progress on identifying/developing launchable initiatives on Access to Resources, Fair Conditions of Employment in Agriculture, and Good Practices in SARD.
  • Support and promote WFS: fyl outcomes within the WSSD process.

Finally, at WSSD itself, FAO hopes to:

  • Launch a Civil Society/Inter-Governmental Organization/Government SARD Initiative.
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