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Declaration on Principles of Collaboration in the Dialogue on Forests, Agriculture and Commodity Trade

By on May 28, 2021 0

1) Agricultural products are important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including promoting economic development, reducing poverty, reducing food security and improving the livelihoods of billions of people. At the same time, the expansion of areas of unsustainable agricultural production and other forms of land degradation can pose critical challenges to our environment, the sustainability of forests and other important terrestrial ecosystems, by increasing emissions. , reducing resilience to climate impacts and contributing to biodiversity loss.

2) Agriculture, forestry and other land uses are a significant net source of GHG emissions. The loss and degradation of terrestrial ecosystems, such as forests, savannas, natural grasslands and wetlands, including tropical forests, temperate forests and peatlands, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions annually. At the same time, policies and technologies for sustainable land management can help adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, all countries must work together to reduce these emissions and exploit opportunities for mitigation and adaptation, in accordance with the principles of equity and common responsibilities but differentiated and of respective capacities, in the light of different national circumstances.

3) It’s a shared challenge. Governments of producing and consuming countries must work together to ensure that global markets reward practices that promote sustainability and discourage harmful practices. Addressing this problem effectively will contribute to the sustainable management of forests, responsible agricultural practices, better conservation and protection of forests and other important ecosystems, as well as the promotion of investment, innovation, development and trade.

Principles of collaboration

4) We agree to work together, in mutual respect, determination and in good faith, to find solutions in accordance with the following principles:

a. Partnership: Partnership, based on mutual respect, good faith, cultural understanding and cooperation, will be at the heart of our work.

b. Synergy: This should be the basis of our efforts, we will work to align our efforts, including discussing shared policies and standards, so that our collective impact is greater than the sum of its parts.

vs. Sovereignty: this must be respected and, therefore, each country has the right to establish its own policies and approaches to sustainable land use and commodity markets.

re. Collaboration and assistance: We will support each other to achieve our common goals, including through knowledge sharing, financing, capacity building, as well as technical and technological assistance, and will support investments in sustainable production methods.

e. Participation: The participation of all stakeholders with an inclusive approach should always be supported, to the extent possible, in the discussion, design and development of our collective plans and actions. This will include the private sector, universities, smallholders, civil society organizations, local communities and indigenous peoples.

F. Respect for international commitments. We must honor our international commitments and obligations, among others, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the agreements under the World Trade Organization.

A common goal

5) To support collaboration, signatories aim to participate in FACT dialogue in a timely manner, as appropriate, to engage in the exchange of information, approaches and experiences, in order to identify specific actions in the following areas:

a. Trade and market development: harmonize and synergize the development, implementation and application of policies in the world market for the development of fair and equitable trade and market for agricultural products, as well as sustainable use land and investing in sustainably produced commodities.

b. Support for smallholders: increase the participation of smallholders, local communities and indigenous peoples in agricultural commodity supply chains, including by identifying policy measures to support their inclusion in markets, access to financial resources and support their role in the sustainable management and preservation of forests.

vs. Transparency and Traceability: Explore ways and means to create the enabling environments that enhance the transparency and traceability of information to support decision making throughout the supply chain through the collection, monitoring and disclosure of information. information.

re. Research, Development and Innovation: Strengthen and improve our research, development and innovation efforts to support and scale up productivity improvements in agricultural commodity systems in order to avoid the expansion of unsustainable practices and to maintain the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems.

6) In conclusion, it is essential to regularly coordinate our efforts in this regard through the FACT dialogue. We will share our efforts to overcome strategic, political and technical obstacles to action. By working together, we will improve mutual understanding and encourage cooperation, then boost investment, improve livelihoods, increase productivity, reduce costs and expand the market for sustainably produced agricultural products.

This statement is supported by the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liberia
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Republic of Congo
  • Republic of Korea
  • Spain
  • UK
  • Uruguay
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