A priority for Shumei is supporting the critical work of the United Nations, and since 2004, the organization has participated in UN conferences and programs, especially initiatives focused on sustainable agriculture, consumption and production, and the protection of biodiversity.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Process and Adoption
Central to its natural agriculture activities and encouraging harmony with nature and more peaceful societies, Shumei International took part in The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. One of the main results of Rio+20 was the agreement by Member States to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a post-2015 development agenda. This marks the first time that a set of global, action-oriented goals will apply to developed and developing countries alike.
Shumei actively participated in the Sustainable Development Goal process, and has been deeply engaged in the advocacy work of the Food and Agriculture Cluster at the United Nations since 2012. The cluster has addressed issues such as transforming current food systems, building ecological resilience through agro-ecology, food security, traditional seed preservation, soil health, fair trade, land use and biodiversity, among others. This work helped shape Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
While facilitated by the UN, the process was Member-State led and included broad participation by civil society, which contributed to the final outcome document, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, formally adopted by 193 countries of the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015.