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17th September 2020
15:00 to 16:30

COVID-19, Regulatory Rollback and the ‘Green Recovery’: Indigenous Peoples Raise Their Voices

Land Portal Foundation | The Tenure Facility | Thomson Reuters Foundation

As COVID-19 has hobbled governments around the world, environmental protections have diminished or disappeared altogether, leaving the door wide open for abuse, corruption, land grabs. Indigenous peoples and their territories are prime targets to pillage during this vulnerable period.

COVID-19 is already negatively affecting indigenous land rights, particularly for those who already face food insecurity as a result of land confiscation or grabbing and the loss of their territories. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the expropriation of indigenous lands and natural resources and the increase in conflicts on their territories were already placing indigenous peoples in a particularly precarious situation. The crisis has led to reports of encroachment upon indigenous land by opportunists, such as illegal loggers and miners. In the Amazon, threats, killings and land-grabbing are all reportedly on the rise, fuelled by mainstream political trends. The United Nations has expressed alarm over attacks in Nicaragua, in Panama our partners report a spike in illegal logging and land clearance in the absence of state authorities, and in Colombia drug gangs and militias are profiting from current uncertainty to step up their deadly activities.

Additionally, numerous governments have announced plans to lower environmental standards and rollback regulatory standards. These policies are likely to result in accelerated deterioration of the environment and have negative impacts on the environment, and in particular for Indigenous Peoples.

On the other end of the spectrum, countries and communities see the COVID-19 crisis as a unique opportunity to seize upon a green and inclusive recovery. There is an increasing recognition of the need to scale up investments in sustainable mobility, renewable energy, building renovations, research and innovation, the recovery of biodiversity and the circular economy. Proposals include scaling up green investments and financing, as well as promoting a just transition to a green economy.

This webinar will explore the effects of regulatory rollbacks on indigenous communities, but will center upon how indigenous communities can benefit from and contribute to global efforts to scale up green investments, financing and transitioning to a just and sustainable green economy.

Register here!

21st September 2020 00:00 -
22nd September 2020 00:00

The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Registration for ICSD 2020 is open! Registration is completely free for all.

We have 14 sessions you can attend across 2 days; 10 “Plenary and Parallel” sessions and 4 “Poster Sessions.” Each has a separate registration window; you are welcome to register for as many sessions as you like. For more details on the full program, scroll below. Detailed parallel and poster session schedules.

21st September 2020 00:00 -
25th September 2020 00:00

CBA14: 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change

Join us for the 2020 International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14), the leading practitioner-focused forum on climate adaptation, delivering dialogue and evidence to inform policy and action – from the local to the global scale.

CBA14 will bring together practitioners, community representatives, local and national government planners, researchers, policymakers and donors for interactive discussions, workshops and skillshares.

This event is the only conference that focuses on community-based adaptation, putting the people most vulnerable to climate change at the centre of the conversation. This year, this key event in the climate adaptation calendar will take place online, with an innovative programme focused on learning, networking and creative dialogue.

For more information and how to register, click here!

13th October 2020 00:00 -
15th October 2020 00:00

CFS High-Level Special Event on Food Security and Nutrition

Date: 13 - 15 October 2020

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Rome time)

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will organize a High-Level Virtual Special Event on Food Security and Nutrition, 13 - 15 October 2020. The session, in lieu of CFS 47 which has been rescheduled to 8 - 12 February 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will seek to keep food security and nutrition front and centre on the global sustainable development agenda.

Over the course of these 3 days, CFS will organize three high-level virtual plenaries, one per day, to:

  1. Take stock of the global food security situation guided by the SOFI 2020 and the HLPE report on Building a Global Narrative towards 2030;
  2.  Reflect on the impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition and the global efforts needed to “build back better”; and,
  3. Discuss the draft CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and the draft CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches, and their relevance to the objectives of the UN

To enrich and complement the plenary discussions and to give its partners and stakeholders an opportunity to highlight their work, CFS will organize 12 virtual side events over the three days – 4 per day. The side events (two in the morning before plenary and two in the afternoon after plenary), will be hosted/co-hosted and organized by CFS stakeholders. Each virtual side event will be allocated one and a half hours.

For more information, click here.

15th October 2020
00:00 to 18:00

Harnessing Potential - Annual Conference 2020

Organized by: Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law. Orginal event here.

The Annual Conference is a one-day event that brings together our vibrant community for a thought-provoking discussion. As in previous years, the Annual Conference brings together representatives from national and international governments and policy organs, think-thanks, journalists, INGO practitioners, activists, diplomats, and field researchers from around the globe. These diverse actors assemble with a singular aim: to present their latest projects and freshest ideas, and engage their peers to learn and improve security and justice policy and programs.

This year's theme is Harnessing Potential. The KPSRL Secretariat has come to recognize the value of mobilizing around promising ideas, new approaches, and catalytic innovations. Particularly in times when adversity appears to be mounting from every direction, it is essential to seize upon the creativity and ingenuity that difficult circumstances demand (and even inspire). With this in mind, the 2020 Annual Conference will channel our community’s collective energy to focus on those small, emergent possibilities that hold the prospect for large, sweeping changes.

Click here to download the full concept note.

In light of COVID-19 and the implications that the pandemic has had on global health as well as (inter)national travel restrictions, the KPSRL Secretariat is exploring all options with regard to how and where we will host KPAC2020. We have an exciting venue reserved for our Conference in The Hague, but are also considering everything from a remotely accessible conference to a 'hybrid' conference that allows for both in-person and remote access. We will be making an informed decision based off of safety and accessibility for our vast network. Please keep checking our newsletters and website for updates!

Key dates
Call for Session ProposalsMay 18 - July 3
Attendee Registration OpensJune 18
Session Selection AnnouncedJuly 17
Final Session Outlines DueSeptember 14
Annual ConferenceOctober 15





The program, timetable and practical information for the day will be shared in the upcoming months.

15th October 2020
13:00 to 14:30

Smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries have been greatly affected by the restrictions of movements that took place in South Africa with the declaration of the global pandemic. The reduced mobility for farmers and a drop in demand for produce, resulted in a loss of income. South African's Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development announced a Covid-19 relief fund for South Africa’s smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries but concern has been raised about the nature of the support.

A rise in theft and restrictions on labour movement have further exacerbated the plight for farmers. In this webinar Nkanyiso Gumede, from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape will detail the issues impacting farmers and how support and how relief aimed to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 for farmers and land reform beneficiaries must be relevant and based on a thorough consultation with those it targets.

Nkanyiso Gumede is a researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. His research is mainly on land and agrarian reform in South Africa. He has undertaken work looking at the nature and character of land redistribution in South Africa. His current research is about rethinking agrarian reform in South Africa to ensure equitable access to land and is titled “Equitable Access to land for social justice in South Africa”. He holds a Masters degree in Agriculture (Food Security) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He is also a Master of Philosophy student at PLAAS, investigating the outcomes of land reform for employment, livelihoods and land tenure rights for farm labour on land redistributed through the Pro-Active Land Acquisition Strategy in selected provinces in South Africa.

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15th October 2020
14:00 to 17:00

Africa 2020: Online Peer-Coaching for PhD students #4

How to handle my PhD supervisor and other bumps in the road

A PhD involves doing amazing fieldwork, reading libraries full of literature, analysing interesting data, and presenting your innovative findings at lively conferences - it is exciting and enriching. At least, that’s what we are told! But there is also a downside. A PhD trajectory is long, can leave you feeling lonely or isolated, and can leave you needing to address all kinds of daily yet serious issues. For example, your supervisor might not give appropriate feedback to your draft chapters; you experienced feeling very insecure when doing fieldwork or perhaps even sexual harassment; you are facing a writer’s block; you are running out of time; you miss having contacts with peer PhD students; you are doubting your future as a researcher… 

Peer-coaching (or, intervision) is a way of sharing your issues with peer PhD students. It can make your problems lighter or at least more manageable. The basic idea of peer supervision is that you can learn from each other by sharing your problems and receiving and giving feedback and suggestions. Trust is indispensable in this regard and therefore the information shared will remain confidential.

The online discussions are guided by moderator Karin Nijenhuis who applies a set of rules and follows a specific procedure.

Only open to PhD candidates (all disciplines, all universities). Maximum of 6 participants per session.

Session #4: 15 October, 14.00 - 17.00. You can register per session (another session is scheduled for 23 November). After registration a link to Kaltura Live Rooms will be shared.

You are most welcome! Please register before 16 November:

22nd March 2021 00:00 -
26th March 2021 00:00
Washington, USA

Tentative date