The Unitarian Universalist United Nation’s Office (UU-UNO), in collaboration with the United Nations NGO Committee for Human Rights and the NGO Committee for Sustainable Development, cordially invite you attend and participate in an upcoming event:
Food Security, Nutrition, and Land Degradation:
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, 12:15-2:30 PM
United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, NYC
Hardin Room on 11th floor
- Introduction of issue by the Climate Change Initiative
- Presentation on concerns and solutions by expert panelists
- Interactive panel discussion with audience
*Light Refreshment Provided*
Context at the United Nations
In May the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals theme was “Food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, desertification, land degradation and drought.” Our office is bringing this topic of discussion to other NGOs and the New York community. We will be having multiple speakers, each representing a different group working on this issue at the United Nations and beyond. This will be an interactive discussion panel so we will have an extended time period for open questions and discussion with our panelists.
About the Issue of Climate Change and Food Security
Access to nutritious food is a human right. However, there is a serious discrepancy in the world between access and availability of food. This year the UN World Food Programme reported that 1/8th of the world population (870 million people) is chronically undernourished and 2 million are micronutrient deficient. At the same time, 1.4 billion people worldwide are overweight. In addition, climate change is endangering food security and has many negative implications for agricultural production due to increased environmental stress including drought, heat, and shifts in water availability, with areas currently suffering from food insecurity most at risk. Extreme events are already more frequent and severe and will continue to increase.
Solutions, Call to Action
We have an imperative to effectively implement sustainable, long-term solutions to keep the world within global limits and thereby ensuring livelihood for us and future generations. In order to do this we need to work to reduce amount of required production of food globally, meet food production needs of a growing and changing population, and minimize the effect of food production on climate. Our expert panelists will discuss these issues and potential solutions in context of current work at the United Nations in more detail.
Join us in this interactive panel discussion!
RSVP to unintern [ at ] uua.org