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Sustainable Development

World Summit on Sustainable Development

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in August 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was a follow up to the 1992 Summit in Rio de Janeiro. WSSD brought together world leaders from business, government, education, and non-government organizations to develop global policy, outcomes, and actions that directly relate to the NIFA mission.

USDA Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley was among the official U.S. Government delegation and was a highly visible participant. The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) has posted the WSSD Declaration and Plan of Implementation.

NIFA is actively involved in implementing several of the recommendations from the 2002 WSSD in the areas of partnerships, energy, and agriculture.

NIFA shares in the funding of two of the major WSSD Partnerships:

  • My Community, Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development (MyCOE)
  • White Water to Blue Water (WW2BW)

NIFA research investments and education in new bio-based fuels and products support energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy worldwide, as recommended by the WSSD delegation.

The knowledge generated by the NIFA Sustainable Agriculture Program contributes to improving both subsistence farming on marginal lands and productivity worldwide. The NIFA's Sustainable Agriculture Program received a substantial share of the total U.S. Government funding for sustainable agriculture in 2003.

Finally, as recommended by the Summit , NIFA will continue to focus on the capacity of our research, education, and extension partners to integrate sustainable development projects, programs, and courses in higher education and county extension efforts.

 

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