Shaping the future, today

Leading scientists, politicians and donor organizations will argue that innovative research is crucial in global efforts to tackle poverty, reduce malnutrition and protect the environment, at a high-level event in New York, USA, this week.

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 aim to focus international attention on the vital role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, landscapes and food systems in achieving sustainable development.

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The intention is to link pioneering research in these areas to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an emerging set of ambitious 15-year targets for tackling poverty, hunger and improving livelihoods worldwide. The SDGs, which come into effect in 2015, will build on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Speakers at the event include Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as other representatives from the United Nations, government ministers, philanthropists and academics.

“This first Development Dialogues event demonstrates the importance of CGIAR research in tackling some of the world’s most pressing development challenges,” said Jeremy Bird, Director General, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

“Of all our natural resources, water underpins sustainable development, perhaps more than any other, and it’s very encouraging to see this reflected in the way the SDGs are taking shape,” said Bird. “As well as contributing innovative research into sustainable water and land management, WLE can use its research expertise and networks to help the United Nations and member countries set specific targets outlined in the SDGs and monitor progress towards them.”

CGIAR Development dialogue logo - finalIWMI and WLE will be represented at the CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 by Letitia Obeng, Member, IWMI Board of Governors, and Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, who is also Chair of the WLE Steering Committee.

They will be joined by around 250 delegates, including key partners, donors and scientific research organizations, to debate four themes related to the SDGs:

  1. prosperous, food-secure and resilient livelihoods
  2. healthier, innovative, capable and inclusive communities
  3. new partnerships for development impact
  4. climate change-resilient agroecosystems

WLE is helping to organize discussions on landscape approaches to sustainable development, and climate-smart agriculture.

The event will be streamed from Columbia University, New York, USA, here:

Click the Live buttons on the page to watch the discussions as they happen. The times given are in EDT.