The Global Soil Forum at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The IASS Global Soil Forum is attending the second meeting of theHigh-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Our side event “Small food producers and family farmers as agents of change for sustainable agriculture and food systems in the post-2015” took place on 1 July 2014. In his keynote address, Jes Weigelt, coordinator of the Global Soil Forum, emphasised that security of tenure (currently listed under Sustainable Development Goal 1) not only serves to eradicate poverty: “tenure security also has the potential to increase food security and the UN should consider including it as an indicator there.” The Global Soil Forum is also pushing for the uptake of a target to achieve a land-degradation neutral world under the Sustainable Development Goal for agriculture.


To increase the uptake of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in national and local contexts, Jes Weigelt called for the acknowledgement of the role of small-scale farming: “We need a language that acknowledges the important role of small food producers and family farmers in attaining food security and poverty reduction.”

The second meeting of the HLPF is being held from 30 June to 9 July 2014 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It focuses on the theme “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”. Follow the conference live at the online webcast.




Ivonne Lobos Alva
Global Soil Forum
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Phone: +49 331 28822 431