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Millennium Institute's President Receives "Right Livelihood Award"

Millennium Institute (MI) is pleased to announce that its President & CEO, Dr. Hans R. Herren, and MI partner Biovision Foundation, have been selected as a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award 2013, "for his expertise and pioneering work in promoting a safe, secure and sustainable global food supply."

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards are often referred to as 'Alternative Nobel Prizes'. They were introduced "to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."

Dr. Herren and Biovision Foundation share the Award with three other recipients, Paul Walker (USA), Raji Sourani (Palestine), Dennis Mukegwe (Democratic Republic of Congo).

The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament on December 2, 2013.

Download Official Press Release and Dr. Herren's Bio information. For more information about the Right Livehood Awards, visit www.rightlivelihood.org.

Op-Ed: Susstainable Development Goals After 2015
Reducing the proportion of undernourished people by half until 2015 was one of the Millennium Development Goals that the international community set in 2000. It will not be reached: At least 870 million people worldwide – and one child in five – still go hungry; this in a world where we already produce enough food today to feed nine billion people in 2050
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Changing Course in Global Agriculture Workshops Held in Kenya and Senegal
MI and Biovision Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Kenya and Senegal, organized a three-day workshop to present and discuss a preliminary version of the Threshold 21 models MI is developing for the government. The workshops took place from 24-26 July in Nairobi, Kenya and 9-11 September in Dakar, Senegal. The workshops follow ones held earlier in January and February 2013.

The models are being developed as part of the Changing Course in Global Agriculture project MI and Biovision Foundation are implementing in Kenya, Senegal, and Ethiopia, which aims to identify and implement effective policies for promoting food and nutrition security and eradicate rural poverty in these countries. More information about the project will be availablet shortly.

Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Development Assessments
New York City, September 3 - 4, 2013
MI President Hans Herren was invited as an expert to participate in the meeting that brought together scientists, policy analysts, planners and other experts who have pioneered or participated in sustainable development assessments. The meeting was to provide input to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on the landscape and evolution of sustainable development assessments as input to the UN Global Sustainable Development Report.

Green Economy Modeling Report of South Africa Released
Commissioned by UNEP at the request of South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, with technical assistance from the Millennium Institute and the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies of Stellenbosch University, this report, shows that investing in a low-carbon, resource efficient green economy is fundamental for South Africa’s sustained economic growth and well-being. The report can be downloaded from UNEP's website.

Earth 2100 Conference
Fairfax, Virginia, July 27 - 28, 2013
MI collaborated with OurTask on the 2013 “Earth 2100 Conference: Effecting change, Defining futures, Healing Earth” to provide an opportunity for young adults to meet and engage in dialog with each other and adult professionals on the major issues surrounding the future of our global environment; issues that will not only shape young people’s lives everywhere, but the lives of future generations as well. The conference was co-hosted by George Mason University’s College of Science. MI Policy, Advocacy, and Partnerships Advisor, Mayumi Sakoh, spoke on the panel, “What Can Young People Do?”. The conference report is available from Our Task's website.

World Economic and Social Survey Report Released
The World Economic and Social Survey 2013, released in July, contributes to the deliberations on addressing sustainable development challenges with a focus on three important cross-sectoral issues identified for action and follow-up at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: sustainable cities, food security and energy transformation. Led by MI Director of Modeling and Capacity Building Matteo Pedercini, MI contributed to the report by preparing a background paper, “Global food and nutrition scenarios,” on which part of Chapter IV, “Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security” is based. The report can be downloaded from the UN's website.

Third Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
New York City, May 22, 2013
At the Open Working Group's (OWG) dedicated 2-day working session on food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture, MI President Hans R Herren was invited to speak as one of two panelists with expertise in agriculture to around 300 decision-makers from member states. Alongside the official meetings, MI and Biovision Foundation (BV) organized an informal discussion amongst key stakeholders, including UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and the Co-Chairman of the OWG, Ambassador Csaba Korosi, to mobilize additional support for the MI/BV position on sustainable agriculture in the SDGs, and participated in a number of key high-level meetings.

High Level Consultation on Hunger, Food Security, and Nutrition in the Post 2015 Development Agenda
Madrid, Spain, April 4, 2013
This High-Level Consultation gathered representatives of UN Member States, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector, to discuss a vision for, and identify priority areas and building blocks related to, food security and nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda. The meeting formed part of the Global Thematic Consultations to inform the design of the post-2015 development agenda. This Consultation was co-led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and co-hosted by the Governments of Spain and Colombia. MI President Hans Herren was invited to participate as a representative of civil society. For more information, visit www.worldwewant2015.org/food2015

A Green Bag Discussion on: Long-term Macro-Economic Modeling Tools to Inform Integrated Country-Led Sustainable Development Planning
New York City, March 14, 2013
MI President Hans Herren and Modeling Director Weishuang Qu gave a presentation on MI and T21 to UNDP New York Staff. They gave an overview of MI modeling, scenario, policy and capacity development tools and activities. They also presented a case study highlighting one of MI’s key tools, Threshold 21 (T21).

Transatlantic Research on Policy Modeling Workshop
Washington DC, January 28 - 29, 2013
MI hosted the Transatlantic Research on Policy Modeling Workshop to collect and share knowledge on sectorial and integrated modeling frameworks, as well as on best practice applications, for policy formulation and evaluation through the application of modeling techniques in the form of innovative ICT tools. The workshop was part of the Crossover - Bridging Communities for Policymaking 2.0 project funded by the European Commission. For more information, visit the Crossover project website.