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Global soil week 2017

Global soil week 2017    The Global Soil Week 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will do so by looking at the subset of SDGs that are under review by the High-level Political Forum 2017 (HLPF) through the perspective of land and soils, thereby providing an integrating perspective across the SDGs; contributing data and other forms of knowledge complementary to the SDG indicators.

The Global Soil Week 2017 (GSW) also aims to serve as bridge to empower different actors to share their priorities on the SDG implementation. Proceeding like this, the GSW 2017 intends to contribute to the HLPF theme “Eradicating Poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” and, ultimately, catalyse SDG implementation. Specifically, partners of the GSW intend to:

  • Account for trade-offs and seek synergies between the SDGs;
  • Move from knowledge production and sharing to learning processes that feed into action;
  • Empower actors to be able to contribute to follow up and review processes of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Increase the ownership of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Address critical pressure points, namely: (i) Net resource pressures; (ii) Consumption and production patterns; (iii) Access and rights to resources.


Together with our partners and participants we will work on different ways to capture the insights generated at the Global Soil Week. While these will be defined and elaborated over the coming weeks, two specific products that we are targeting are:

  • A set of policy messages on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance for “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”.
  • A report to reflect on the review and knowledge exchange and communication methodologies applied at the GSW 2017.

Get Involved

We are developing the workshops together with our partners. Please check our website for updates on the programme and contact for general enquiries or the individual workshop facilitators. Your contributions are welcome!

The lab

The Thematic Review LAB will be held in two parts. The first brings together knowledge gained through the Workshops, provides an opportunity for government representatives to react on Workshop discussions, and incorporates additional perspectives in regards to SDGs that were covered to a lesser extent by the Workshops. The second part provides a synthesis of inputs gathered in Part I before moving on to a discussion around policy recommendations to the High Level Political Forum 2017.


Workshop 1: 

Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge – Action

This workshop builds on the partnerships with Ministries of Agriculture in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kenya and other stakeholders, established under the BMZ Initiative “One World, No Hunger”. Healthy soils and equitable use of land play crucial roles for sustainable development; as land degradation neutrality is fundamental for better livelihoods, ending hunger, improving human health and well-being, and can contribute to gender empowerment among other goals. Thereof, this workshop is designed to identify synergies that can support our collective of partners in catalyzing SDG implementation at local and national levels. Particularly, we will define some key gaps and challenges in existing policies that hinder broad-based sustainable soil management, and potentially strategic intervention areas for targeted investments in soils.

Workshop 2:

Right to (defend) Land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews

Secure access to land and natural resources is crucial for the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Despite international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, marginalized people struggle to enjoy their legitimate land tenure rights given competing pressures on resources and injustice, often resulting in violent silencing of activists. Protecting land rights defenders and strengthening local accountability mechanisms is not only key to people’s lives, but is also essential to achieving the SDGs. By addressing the “shrinking civic space”, this workshop will utilize the Thematic Reviews promoted by the 2030 Agenda to create a support function for accountability at national levels by elaborating guidelines for government-led multi-stakeholder reporting and empowering local actors.

Workshop 3

Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity

Soils and land are pivotal to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and achieve food security for all (SDG 1 and SDG 2). Yet, a multitude of actors and initiatives from different sectors rely on development scenarios that demand additional land. However, fertile soils are not only a finite and scarce resource, but also decreasingly available due to degradation.

In the workshop, we will first scrutinize the current and projected availability of land, the competing demands, and displaced land use. Three country cases will give insights relevant for both subsequently discussed solution approaches: Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). In the last part, we will jointly develop policy messages of the workshop and prepare the input for deliberation in the Thematic Review LAB.

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For more details visit here the Global soil week website.