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Subject: Message 3 - Rio+10 "Progress in Land and Agriculture" E-Conferenc e

Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 10:03:06 +0100

From: RIO10-Moderator

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Message 3 - Purpose, Objectives and Expected Outputs

Dear E-Conferees, In this message, we would like to outline the purpose and objectives of this E-Conference as well as the expected outputs. We start from the premise that agriculture and land-use remain fundamental to human economy and society. However, the increasing urbanization of the global community, concentration on the benefits of technology, industry and mechanisation, and multiple crises in agriculture in recent years have combined to substantially weaken public recognition of the persisting importance of the land for its natural resources and rural areas as the basis for our very existence. The challenges are formidable. How can we simultaneously foster food security worldwide, maintain the quality of the environment and face the many other demands on rural areas? And also still perpetuate rural livelihoods into the foreseeable future? And yet at the same time sustain the viability and quality of diverse ecologies and precious landscapes? There is a considerable search for immediate, practical solutions. Since the Earth Summit in 1992, there has been a major effort to find the best combination of practices, policies and partnerships to achieve sustainability in agriculture and rural development. This process has mobilized national governments and international agencies in alliance with the nine "Major Groups" from civil society and the private sector that participated in the summit. In 2000, the Eighth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-8) offered these groups the opportunity to focus on the achievements in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) and Land in consultation with the Task Managers for Chapters 10 and 14 of Agenda 21. Dialogue and debate across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, inspired by differing regional and local experiences, are the foundation of the approach. The current E-Conference is yet another step in the entire process as we move toward the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10) next year. The purpose of the E-Conference is therefore to provide a forum for multiple perspectives on assessment of progress and how to stimulate future achievement of the goals fixed in Chapters 10, 12, and 14. The result will clearly contribute to preparations for CSD-10, Rio+10 and beyond. Our objectives over the next three weeks will be to: 1. Solicit contributions to the integrated Task Managers' report (Part II) for CSD-10. 2. Solicit success stories on Agriculture and Land. 3. Identify priorities for policy and action to achieve sustainability in agriculture and land following Rio+10. And, finally, our expected outputs include: * Your contributions to the final version of the Task Managers' Report (Part II) on Chapters 10, 12, and 14 to be submitted to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-10) * A summary report of discussions to be provided to the Forum on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development to be held on 29 March 2001 concurrently with the 16th session of the FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG) (from 26 to 30 March 2001) * Contributions to a database of Success Stories on Agriculture and Land * Identification of the Next Steps for Agriculture and Land beyond Rio+10 Although this may seem ambitious, we are confident that these discussions can make good progress on these timely and crucial issues. One great advantage is the substantial analysis and prior dialogue found in the background papers including the reports from the Multi-stakeholder dialogue held on SARD at CSD-8. This dialogue established areas of common cross cutting concern and focused debate on the way ahead from various perspectives. If you are not familiar with these documents, please take time to review the Major Groups' contributions and the "Chairman's summary of the multi-stakeholder dialogue on agriculture". And please look carefully at the draft joint Task Managers' Report on "Agriculture and Land" to CSD 10 and the paper prepared on SARD for COAG, which constitute the basis for the common discussion. You may find all of these documents through clicking on the "Background Documents" tab at the right sidebar on the home page (at ). To encourage the most participation possible from those E-Conferees with limited or no access to the Internet, we will send an additional message with a list of key documents. We can send these documents via electronic mail on request to participants. Thank you for your participation and collaboration. With our best wishes, The E-Team

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