Tues, April 24: FSNYC Open Networking Meeting: "Food and the City" from New York to Rio
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Location: Fund for the City of New York, 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013
Nearly 20 years ago in Rio de Janeiro, the world’s attention was on the Earth Summit, also called the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Over 170 countries and 20,000 participated and a global blueprint for policy and programs on sustainable development (called Agenda 21) were launched as were two treaties on climate change and biodiversity. Sustainable agriculture and rural development were important issues then, and are now, with the addition of new issues such as climate change and the right to food.
This June, Brazil will host Rio+20, also called the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. 60,000 are expected to attend along with more than 100 governments. Here in New York, governments and civil society delegations are debating and negotiating the outcomes for Rio+20. Two of the more high profile themes are “just and sustainable cities” and “food and nutrition security”. The last negotiating sessions in NYC will open April 23 and run through May 4.
At the FSNYC April Open Networking Meeting a panel discussion will feature perspectives on “Food and the City” from international food sovereignty, NYC food justice, women’s, indigenous, farm, and government perspectives.
- Sofia Garcia, Consumers International and International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture (IPSA) representative to the United Nations, New York
- Linda Eastwick, International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture (IPSA), Kentucky
- Dirk-Jan Verdonk, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
- Thomas Forster, New School Food Studies Program, New York
*In addition to these speakers, there may be other international guests, as the negotiations for Rio+20 will have just resumed at the United Nations on Monday, April 23.
Please Note: There is a suggested $5 donation fee to attend this event for non-members.
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