Earlier this month, Shumei International attended the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. For the second year in a row, the two-week convening was held virtually under the theme “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. The focus of many of the conversations was on the importance of rebuilding in a way that puts Nature at the forefront of policy and decision making.
During a side event hosted by the Satoyama Initiative entitled, “Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Role of the Satoyama Initiative in Blue and Green Recovery, David Cooper, Deputy of the Convention on Biodiversity discussed why securing sustainable livelihoods is essential to a Green Recovery. He spoke about the degradation of landscapes and seascapes which has been taking place for many years, and how the pandemic was a signal to humanity that something was not right. Many spoke about how human beings’ mindset around Nature should shift from one of exploitation to one of inclusion and learning how to incorporate indigenous wisdom and knowledge systems to build climate resilience. For example, Qu Dongyu, Director General of the FAO shared how in 2020 approximately 811 million people faced hunger, and how this wakeup call underscores the importance of climate resilience, lowering the cost of healthy food, and changing food consumption behaviors. He also shared the importance of relying on indigenous knowledge and farming practices in mitigating global hunger.
Adriana Dinu of the United Nations Development Programme spoke about the Satoyama Initiative, and why it is so relevant today as many are thinking about ways to create new paradigms in a post-pandemic world. Dinu shared how the Green Recovery presents a tremendous opportunity to replicate indigenous knowledge, incorporate and conserve protected land, and be more socially inclusive.
Shumei International is proud to be a member of the Satoyama Initiative, a network of over 100 member organizations with a common goal to help people live environmentally conscious lives and create sustainable communities in harmony with Nature. As an international organization working with farmers around the world, Shumei is also trying to educate everyday consumers to deepen their appreciation for Nature and indigenous knowledge to build a more resilient future for all. Hopefully this has a ripple effect and will continue to inspire more communities around the world to live more sustainably.