Message from the UNDP Poverty Practice Director
This special bulletin on inclusive growth is coming out following Rio+20. It continues the coverage of themes relevant to the discussions that took place in Rio. In particular, the publications address the delivery of social protection, green innovation and sustainable agriculture and agroecological approaches. I'm also very pleased to share the latest edition of IPC-IG's Poverty in Focus magazine, which was launched at a Rio+20 side event.
The issue brings together the critical highlights and lessons from the May 17 Seminar on The Role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa which was organized by IPC-IG in partnership with Future Agriculture Consortium (FAC), UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Articulação Sul , the International Cooperation Centre in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) and UNWomen . The articles explore successes and policy options for reducing inequality, enhancing both social and productive inclusion and engaging smallholder farmers in the growth process while also maintaining a successful commercial agriculture sector. More...
1) The Role of South-South Cooperation in Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Development: Focus on Africa
By Leisa Perch, IPC-IG; Ammad Bahalim, ICTSD/IPC-IG, Lidia Cabral, ODI and Alex Shankland, IDS
The theme of this Poverty in Focus resonates clearly with the broader discourse on sustainable development, in particular with the expanded efforts to mainstream inclusion and equity and to improve institutional frameworks for sustainable development. It is designed as a value-added output of the May 17 seminar, gives specific voice to the above, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities facing South-South Cooperation as a tool for development and not just development cooperation. Poverty in Focus #24
2) Linking Social Protection and Agricultural Production: The Case of Mexico
By Ryan Nehring
Rural poverty and food insecurity are on an inextricable path but rarely addressed by a single policy prescription. This paper presents some examples of the Mexican approach to combat food security and poverty with potential (or lack of) linkages under a two-track framework that prioritizes access to basic nutritional needs and a long-term sustainable development path. Policy Brief #21
3) Vulnerability to Climate Change: a Regional Perspective of Demographic and Socioeconomic Impacts
By Alisson Flávio Barbieri and Bernardo Lanza Queiroz
This study discusses the relationship among demographics and economic dynamics and climate change, and presents the impacts on vulnerability of the adaptive capacity of the population, exploring the case of Brazil. Policy Brief #22
4) A Socially Inclusive Pathway to Food Security: The Agroecological Alternative
By Ben McKay, IPC-IG
A truly sustainable form of agriculture – agroecology – is proving to be the way forward for food security, sustainability, and poverty reduction. This Policy Research Brief draws on case studies in Brazil and Cuba, as well as analytical papers on agroecology in theory and practice, to contribute to the discussion on how countries can pursue a national agricultural development model based on agroecology. Policy Brief #23
5) Green Innovations: Reducing Energy Poverty and Inequitable Access
By Daniela P. Stoycheva, with contribution from Leisa Perch, IPC-IG
This study argues that the debate on energy access should not be defined by macro considerations alone nor by the economics of production. Instead, it points to important impacts of small scale and socially-defined technologies which bridge the poverty and inequality gaps in a more sustainable way. Policy Brief #24
6) Social Technologies for Sustainable Development: Valuing Social Capital
By Leisa Perch, Tanya Wragg-Morris and Priti Narasimhan
This Policy Research Brief looks at the role of social technologies, their evolution to date and how social capital (through positive social interactions and the role of social entrepreneurs) can be catalytic in delivering triple policy wins for sustainable development, particularly in addressing exclusion and inequality. Policy Brief #25
And also, publications translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic. Click here to read the full list of publications
SPECIAL COVERAGE - RIO+20
- Going beyond GDP, UNDP proposes human development measure of sustainability
In the high-leve forum titled "“Beyond GDP: Measuring the Future We Want” The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented the conceptual groundwork for a future “Sustainable Human Development Index,” that would recognize the cost of human development to future generations. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark moderated the panel discussion, which featured President Michael Chilufya Sata of Zambia and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark, holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, among others. More...
- Beyond Rio+20, countries must take "people-based" approach to sustainability
The "Istanbul Declaration" - Towards an Equitable and Sustainable Future for All - adopted at the 2012 Global Human Development Forum in Turkey in March was the point of departure at the "From Rio to 2015 and Beyond: Charting a Course for a Fairer World" high-level forum convened by the government of Turkey, which included United Nation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UNDP's Administrator Helen Clark among the speakers. More...
- Rio +20: More than $500 billion pledged by leaders across broad spectrum
Governments, multilateral development banks, the private sector and other groups at the Rio+20 conference pledged over $500 billion in the last day of Rio+20 which concluded on 22 June. "These huge numbers give a sense of the scale and growth of investment going into sustainable development,” said Ban Ki-moon, UN's Secretary-General. As a result of the Conference, world leaders also adopted a document entitled “The Future We Want”.
- Rio+20 participants can compensate emissions of greenhouse gases
Following the principles of sustainable development, participants at Rio+20 had the opportunity to offset the emission of greenhouse gases generated by their air travel trips in order to attend the conference. More...
IPC in the Media
Rio + 20 meet must focus on social equity - On 21 June, 2012, the Shanghai Daily published an opinion article by Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist and Team Leader of the Rural and Sustainable Development Unit at IPC-IG.
Bringing the Social to Rio+20
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) launched a series of videos called “Bringing the Social to Rio+20“. The films, use footage from recordings and interviews from the 2011 UNRISD conference, “Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social Dimension“. It explores green economy’s potential as a path to inclusive, sustainable development and poverty eradication. More...
Find out more information about UNRISD's Social Dimensions of Green Economy and Sustainable Development.
Watch all 6 videos from the "Bringing the Social to Rio+20" series.
IPC-IG Side Event at Rio+20
IPC-IG and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) organized a side event during Rio+20, on 19 June 2012. The Civil Society and the Knowledge Community: Dialogues around
Institutional Frameworks for Sustainable Development (IFSD) side-event was organized in the form of a panel discussion, and included some time for an open discussion with the participants.
The official launch of IPC-IG's most recent Poverty in Focus magazine, The Role of South-South Cooperation in Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Development: Focus on Africa, also took place during the side-event in Rio.
Visit the Civil Society and Knowledge Community: Dialogues around Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) website for the full agenda, topics, documents, presentations, pictures and more!
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