United Nations ECOSOC Side & Parallel Events Concept Note

Pamela Boyce Simms

United Nations ECOSOC Side & Parallel Events Concept Note 

UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

July 11th & 12, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM

International Decade for People of African Descent

Contact: Pamela Boyce Simms, pbs9@georgetown.edu


Sponsor: African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition and multiple partners (See below.)

Date and time:    July 11th and 12, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM

Side Event Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York

Parallel Event Location: International Social Justice Commission, Salvation Army Office Building, 221 East 52nd Street New York, New York, 10022

Goal: Support the most marginalized populations in the Global South which are disproportionately impacted by accelerating climate change, resource depletion, and income disparity.  

Goal: Inform the HLPF - Conduct side and parallel events to inform the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) - SDG implementation monitoring process.

  • Primary: SDG XIII – Climate Action
  • Primary: SDG II - End Hunger
  • Achieve Food [Sovereignty] Security
  • Promote sustainable agriculture 

2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Side Event Theme: Food Sovereignty for people of African descent (POAD) contextualized by Diaspora country and region: 

  1. Land access, retention, acquisition, and returning generation farmers,
  2. Prevention of local market destruction and displacement of food producers due to forced mono-crop production for export, and subsidized food dumping,
  3. Survive-and-thrive contingency support plans for those POAD who have been disenfranchised, displaced from their land, and/or denied access to water.

Objectives in Conjunction with the United Nations Resolution Framework: UN International Decade for People of African Descent:

  1. Raise public awareness among the 200,000,000 people within the African Diaspora​ to encourage people of African descent (POAD)​ to ​work toward food sovereignty ​and access to water as climate change accelerates.  
  2. Spotlight the degree of authentic African Diaspora country-specific progress on SDGs VIII and II.
  3. Generate conversation among people of African descent (POAD)​ ​throughout the African Diaspora to strengthen​ ​our ​bonds​ and interconnection​, learn from each other,​ devise Afrocentric food production solutions,​ and pragmatically contribute to our collective thriving.
  4. Build, inform, and prepare diaspora networks for concerted action around food production and water access. 

Side Event Applicant Organization: Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)  

Organizing Partner Organizations:

  1. Africa Platform, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa,    
  2. Black Belt Justice Center, Washington DC,
  3. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, United Nations Office, New York, NY, Bridgetown, Barbados, Nairobi, Kenya,
  4. Bread for the World,
  5. Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Charleston, SC,
  6. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Climate Change Consortium, Houston TX, New Orleans, LA,
  7. Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS), Northeastern Illinois Unversity,
  8. Soka Gakkai International (SGI, United Nations Office, New York, NY,
  9. Tsu Chi Foundation, United Nations Office, New York, NY, 
  10. Unitarian Universalists Association, United Nations Office, New York, NY.  

Collaborating Partners: are secondarily supportive, and could perhaps orchestrate local events.

  1. African American Agrarian Association, Vanguard Ranch Ltd, Gordonsville, VA,
  2. Black Family Land Trust, Durham, NC,
  3. Black Food Justice, Durham, NC,
  4. Blacks in Green, (BIG), Chicago, IL,
  5. Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Detroit, MI,
  6. Ecotone, Houston, TX,
  7. Guillard Farms, Brunswick, GA,
  8. Soulfire, Farm, Grafton, NY.

Format: Workshop and Panel Discussion  

Anticipated Audience: 100 persons 

Contact: Pamela Boyce Simms, pbs9@georgetown.edu