Description/achievement of initiative
The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) with the vision to enhance the contribution of the livestock sector to sustainable development. It has more than 100 institutional partners constituted in seven stakeholder clusters and nine technical action networks. The Global Agenda engages in policy dialogue, produces tools, shares experiences, makes evidence available and agrees on joint action. It provides an important global platform to demonstrate solutions and best practices in the livestock sector and contributes to the achievement of the sustainable development goals of the UN Agenda 2030.
Members of GASL work independently in Action Network and Cluster groups. Action Networks and Clusters conduct joint research and publications. The Guiding Group meets 2-3 times a year. Since 2011, the Global Agenda has organized eight multistakeholder partnership (MSP) meetings: 2011 Brasilia, Brazil; 2011 Phuket, Thailand; 2013 Nairobi, Kenya; 2013 Ottawa, Canada; 2014 Cali, Colombia; 2016 Panama City, Panama; 2017 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 2018 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In 2019, it will be held in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Each MSP meeting is devoted to a specific theme and allows stakeholders from different sectors to exchange ideas and engage in order to support the worldwide direction towards sustainability in the livestock sector. Also regional and national MSP meetings are planned to take place once a year. In 2018, the first regional MSP meeting took place in Uman, Ukraine.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
- Annual global Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting: open participation
- Regional and national Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meetings: open participation
- 9 Action Networks: experts from the membership lead the implementation of activities, develop outputs and draft reports, to provide evidence and information exchange
- 7 Cluster: joint actions and outputs; five representatives of each cluster are part of the Guiding Group and therefore responsible to providing overall strategic direction and guidance to the Agenda, to coordinate, monitor and review the activities and to promote the Agenda
- Guiding Group: steering committee of the Global Agenda, discussions and exchange, decisions are made by consensus
- GASL participation in thematic events through the Chair and other partners
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
GASL consists of seven stakeholder clusters: i) public sector, ii) social movements, iii) private sector, iv) donors, v) academia, vi) NGOs, and vii) inter-governmental and multi-lateral organizations.
The Clusters assure an inclusive participation of society in a manner that is open and voluntary, inclusive and oriented towards consensual change, while being knowledge-based and showing respect for a diversity of views.
Each Cluster is represented in a Guiding Group (GG), consisting of 35 members and observers, that provides overall direction to GASL. An Agenda Support Team (AST), which is hosted at FAO headquarters in Rome, and an elected Chair support it. The Chair leads the Guiding Group and MSP and facilitates the provision of overall strategic direction and guidance. The Chair also leads resource mobilization in GASL. Rules and Procedures approved by the Guiding Group form the institutional reference frame. In addition, GASL has nine Action Networks that are thematic technical expert groups, creating evidence, designing available tools and guidelines and enhancing practice change. Action networks focus on different regional and thematic issues regarding sustainability: i) resource use efficiency, ii) grasslands restoration, iii) waste to worth (bio-economy), iv) silvo-pastoral systems, v) environmental performance (LEAP), vi) dairy in Asia, vii) anti-microbial resistance, viii) livestock for social development and ix) animal welfare.
Governments of Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Ireland, Kenya, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda, Switzerland, Uganda, Uruguay; CBPS, Embrapa, GIZ, GRSB, IDF, IEC, IFIF, IMS, IPC, KLPA, Swissgenetics, VetEffecT, AgResearch, AgriBenchmark, ATB, CATIE, CIAT, CIPAV, CIRAD, CONICET, DBARC, ECOSUR; IFCN, INRA; UFSJ, UNPA, CNE, GDP; BMGF; USAID-Ethiopia, ANTHRA, Heifer International; LIFE, LIFLOD, LPP, Mercy Corps, SAVES, TAFS Forum, VSF, World Animal Protection, WWF, APESS, WAMIP, African Development Bank, African Union, FAO, IFAD, ILRI, WB, OIE; Universities of Florida, Kansas, Switzerland, London, Sweden, Melbourne…. http://www.livestockdialogue.org/partners/en/