World Leaders' Dialogues
Stand Up for Your Rights – parks and social equity
November 15, 2014; 5:30 – 7:00 pm
© Jeremy Suyker
According to the United Nations, for the first half of this century, hundreds of millions of people living in the coastal regions of Asia are likely to lose their homes to flooding, risk famine and suffer rising sea levels as a result of climate change. “With the same access to resources as men, including water, women could increase yields on their farms by 20% to 30% and lift 150 million people out of hunger,” states UN Water. Climate justice, gender balance and equal opportunities, indigenous and traditional knowledge and its use are some of the themes underpinning social equity. Social equity is a fundamental condition for effective conservation measures. This World Leaders’ Dialogue will look into indigenous and traditional peoples’ cultures and their role in biodiversity conservation; gender equity; poverty and human development; tenure and natural resource rights; and environmental security and vulnerability. It will demonstrate that effective integration of social equity is instrumental in achieving conservation goals.
The dialogue will be preceded slam poetry by Ms Jamaica Osorio, youth representative, New Social Compact Cross-Cutting Theme.