Interactive Thematic Dialogue of the UN General Assembly on the Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food

Trusteeship Council Chamber
UN Headquarters, New York
6 April 2009

10:00 -10:30 AM

Introductory remarks by H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the United Nations General Assembly
Opening remarks by Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, USG and High Representative of the LDS (OHRLLS).
Keynote speech by Dr. Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Panel I: Policy Choices and the Right to Food in the Context of the Global Food Crisis      10.30 AM– 1:00 PM

Moderator: Br. David Andrews, Senior Advisor to the PGA on Food Policy and Sustainable Development

Dr. Olivier De Schutter *Joins panels for discussion/questions from public

Mr. Sanjay Reddy, Assistant professor of economics at Barnard College, Columbia University; member of the editorial advisory boards of Development, Ethics and International Affairs and the European Journal of Development Research

Mr. Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Tennessee; Associate Director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center

Mr. James P. McGovern, Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, U.S.  House of Representatives, Chair of the House Hunger Caucus

Ms. Deborah Saidy, Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Liaison Office in New York 

Q & A

LUNCH BREAK  Panelists are invited to lunch offered by the PGA with selected Member States. 1:00 - 2:45 PM

PANEL II: Answering to the Poor: Right to Food and Sustainable Models of Agriculture       3:00 - 4:30 PM

Moderator: Ms. Barbara Ekwall, Senior Officer of Agricultural Develop-ment Economic Division, FAO Headquarters - Rome

Mr. Henri Saragih, Peasant’s Union of Indonesia, member of the International Board of Via Campesina

Ms. Molly Anderson, Statement I Presentation, Senior Wallace Fellow at the Wallace Center at Winrock International; and coordinating lead author for the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) 

Dr. Judi Wakhungu, Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi, International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD)

Mr. Miguel Altieri, Presentation, Professor of AgroEcology at UC Berkley, Advisor to the FAO - Globally indigenous Agricultural Heritage Systems

Q & A

5.45 – 6.00 PM

Closing remarks by H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the United Nations General Assembly


Acknowledgements: The President of the UN General Assembly is grateful to the UN partners: UNHCHR, IFAD and WFP for designating rapporteurs to assist this Office in preparing a Summary of the day’s proceedings of this Interactive Thematic Dialogue.