As the world belatedly turns its attention to the pressing issues of environmental degradation, resource scarcity and climate change, the concept of sustainability takes its rightful place at centre stage in discussions about agricultural and rural development.
The Thirty-fifth Session of IFAD’s Governing Council provides a forum for Member States, partners and the public to discuss and debate what needs to be done to enable smallholder farmers to contribute to raising food availability by70 per cent by 2050, which is what will be required to feed a growing, more urbanized population.
Over the course of the two-day event, world leaders, prominent movers and shakers, policymakers, academics and, most importantly, farmer representatives will reflect on and answer the following fundamental questions:
- Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will take centre stage to share his perspectives, with questions to follow from international broadcaster, Isha Sesay. Mr Gates will discuss the importance of agriculture and how sustainable productivity improvements can reduce poverty in developing countries. He will challenge both global players and national governments to adopt a new approach to supporting smallholder farmers.
- As the international community takes stock of progress in the climate negotiations and prepares for Rio+20 in June 2012, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, the Chief Executive Officer of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, will engage in a conversation with Naga Munchetty, an international broadcaster, on “What promise will Rio herald for agriculture?”
- Nik Gowing, international broadcaster, will host a high-level panel to discuss and debate what it will take to ensure food security while protecting the environment. Panellists will share their views on different farming methods. They will highlight the importance of building institutions, investing in research and technology, and adopting and adapting new practices.
Naga Munchetty will host a high-level panel composed of policymakers. The panel will discuss how to create a sustainable future for smallholder farmers.
Social media and webcasting
The Thirty-fifth Session of IFAD’s Governing Council is an interactive event thanks to a number of social media components. Social reporters will keep the outside world informed through blogs, tweets, posting interviews and pictures on the following IFAD social media channels.
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ ifadnews
- Blog: http://ifad-un.blogspot.com/
- YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/IFADTV
- BlipTV: http://ifad.blip.tv
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IFAD
- Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/ifad
To stimulate the conversation, live tweets will be displayed on the Twitter wall in the Plenary Hall, in the meeting rooms and in the atrium. Delegates are encouraged to share their ideas, views and insights via social media channels using #ifadgc hashtag.
The virtual audience can follow the proceedings and interact with the prominent guests and panellists on the above social media channels and via webcasting.
Plenary sessions, high-level panels, centre stage events and regional and other events taking place in the Plenary Hall and Oval Room will be webcast respectively at the following urls:
Speeches and statements
- Keynote address by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
- Statement by Kanayo F. Nwanze, IFAD President
Arabic | English | French | Spanish
- Keynote address by H.E. Mario Monti, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic
- Keynote address by Honorable Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Vice-President of the Republic of Liberia on behalf of H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
- Keynote speech by H.E. Andrea Riccardi, Italian Minister for International Cooperation and Integration Policies
- General statements
- IFAD President’s concluding remarks
- Chairperson’s closing statement