“TOWARDS A GLOBAL SOIL PARTNERSHIP” Alexander Müller (ADG/NR) 24 May 2012, COAG
REPORT OF THE 22 SESSION OF COAG (16-19 June 2010) b) and c) are interlinked as FAO needs to strengthen its soils capacities in order to provide targeted guidance and support to FAO member countries and sub-regions. Soils are critical for FAO Member countries for achieving food security goals, sustaining agricultural and economic development and for climate change adaptation and mitigation. A Global Soil Partnership is certainly the right vehicle to address the current pressure to soils and strength capacities at FAO and country members.
Process of Establishment of the GSP PROGRESS RESULTS PREPARATORY PROCESS Background paper, partnersWith partners, FAO started the planning and preparation identified, soils re-positioned in March-August 2011 high level policy and technicalof the GSP (special attention to existingnetworks, potential niche, etc). agendas and meeting organized LAUNCH MEETING Meeting implemented September 2011 Full support to GSP initiative200 representatives worldwide to discuss the idea of Roadmapestablishing the GSP.
Process of Establishment of the GSP PROGRESS RESULTS ESTABLISHMENT OF TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP December 2011- Zero draft GSP Terms of Reference76 Soil Scientists worldwide from all type of February 2012 prepared (TOR -15 pages)organizations in a voluntary basis composed the TWG toprepare the ToRs under the facilitation of FAO. Continuesopen interaction and contribution coordinated by FAO tillthe time of reaching an agreement.
Process of Establishment of the GSP PROGRESS RESULTSDIFFUSION AND REVISION OF ToRs/ESTABLISHMENT OF Consolidated GSP Terms of AN OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP February-April 2012 Reference (ToR) (2 pages)- Presentations to Country Members of the ZeroVersion (in particular GRULAC and G77).- Request comments from country members toFAO.- Inclusion of comments from range of countries.- Meeting with Regional Chairs - agreed tosummarize the Zero version to 2 pages and callthe Zero draft as “Background Document”.- Full agreement that there is no need for anOpen-Ended Working Group.- Inclusion of all comments and suggestions toshort version.- GSP Advocacy at all levels and recognitionworldwide by countries and partner processes.
Process of Establishment of the GSP PROGRESS RESULTS FAO PROGRAMME COMMITTEE However, GSP is already in the May 2012 The GSP ToRs were intended to be PWB 2012-2013, therefore no considered at the recent PC session need to discuss inside the PC. FAO COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE (COAG)As establishment of GSP was requested by ………..Soils cannot wait! TheyCOAG, it is now presented for its consideration: May 2012 deserve serious, concerteda) establishment of the GSP; attention by FAO and partnersb) endorsement of the ToRs. RIO+20 Conference- 3 side events on Soils to be organized at Riotogether with UNCCD, EC, EMBRAPA, etc. to June 2012 ……………….include soils centrally in the SustainableDevelopment Agenda and Goals.- To present GSP after its establishment at COAG.
How to move forward? GSP already gained a goodBecause it is everywhere, momentum (already recognizedwe tend to overlook the and welcomed worldwide:fact that soil is a limited 18900 quotes in Google) andnatural resource. support from many international, regional and national institutions andBecause of increasing processes.degradation, increasingdemand and pressures on Its official endorsement is nowsoil resources, and their vital to move forward andvital importance for make the Partnership anhuman livelihoods and effective process forwellbeing the prioritising and deliveringinternational community actions at all levels! Donorscannot keep postponing have indicated interest toactions to support the financially support it, providingsustainable use of soil it is officially welcomed by theresources. countries.
TOWARDS THE GSP: REGIONAL SOIL PARTNERSHIPS Nanjing, China Amman, Jordan 1-5 April 20128-11 February 2012THANKYOU Mar del Plata, Argentina 16-20 April 2012