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Expert Group Meeting on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with Water-Food-Ecosystem Resilience in the Mid-Latitude Region (MLR)
28-29 November 2016
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Day 1 - 28 November, 2016
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session 1: Setting the scene
Session 2: Scientific Approaches towards Water-Food-Ecosystem Resilience
Session 3: Country Presentations

Day 2 - 29 November, 2016
Session 4: Transboundary cooperation in sub-regional and regional context
Session 5: Conclusion
Introduction and background
The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) hosted the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on water-food-ecosystem resilience in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Korea, the Korean Ministry of Environment and Korea University.

193 UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. Promoting synergies between the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, and effective integration across sectors is of major importance for achieving the Agenda.

Water and food (a griculture) sectors and the ecosystem are inextricably linked. While sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems is essential to ensure water and food security, sustainable management of water resources and food production is significant to protect terrestrial ecosystems. Climate change threatens food and water security as well as natural integrity and biodiversity of ecosystems. Therefore, building resilience to climate change in water, food and ecosystem is necessary to reduce the risks and achieve sustainable development. Countries in the mid-latitude region, broadly defined as the region between 30-60 degrees latitude, are facing increased stresses for water and food as well as land degradation and desertification.

With this backdrop, the EGM is designed to promote water-food-ecosystem resilience in the mid-latitude region by providing a platform for experts to share their knowledge and experience and to enhance cooperation in the mid-latitude region, which potentially establishes a long-term partnership within the research-policy interface for water-food-ecosystem resilience. Participating experts shared their experiences of how to tackle challenging areas in their national and sub-regional context.

Programme
EGM Agenda (Updated as of 25 November 2016)

EGM Concept Note (Updated as of 25 November 2016)

Collaborating partners
The Forum is organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) of UNDESA in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Korea, the Korean Ministry of Environment, and Korea University

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