Dialogues: NYC, USA - 2014



The WIN Dialogues (17-19 September) brought together 18 participants, representing 17 local and indigenous organizations from 11 countries, in a three-day dialogue during the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) in Windhoek, Namibia. Follow the links below for coverage of individual sessions.

To learn more about the partnership of the Equator Initiative and the World Indigenous Network, click here.

Click here for full coverage of the Rio Conventions Pavilion by IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Day 1 - Welcome and sessions

There is general consensus in the international community that the post-2015 development agenda can benefit from a focus on environmental awareness, sustainability, and environmental protection. Integrating environmental sustainability into the next generation development agenda was a focus of the Rio+20 outcome document, “The Future We Want”. This session focused on current challenges to the effective integration of environmental sustainability into the next generation development agenda, including how local and indigenous communities can be empowered to influence the process and be key stakeholders in how the framework is implemented.

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Day 2 - Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Land Management

dsc 0169Women-led initiatives have been successful in mobilizing and empowering women living in drylands and advancing sustainable land management initiatives that focus on agriculture. Initiatives and projects run by and for women have also demonstrated exceptional outcomes in the areas of poverty alleviation, access to education, access to health, income generation and gender equality. This session explored the shared experiences and lessons learned from several community-based, women-led initiatives.


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Day 3 - Community-based Natural Resource Management

dsc 0441Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is an established approach in Africa, particularly in the field of sustainable land management. This session focused on the experiences of four different local civil society organizations with community-based natural resource management. Common threads emerged from the discussion, including the necessity of pursuing holistic approaches that address economic, environmental and social needs. Panelists represented Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Namibia.


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