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FAO promotes the developement of methodological tools for agricultural census in Cabo Verde

United Nations, Praia, May 12, 2014– Today marked the launching of the II Fórum Nacional da Transformação Cabo Verde 2030 (II Forum for Change – Cape Verde 2030), which will take place throughout the next three days. This is an initiative of the Cape Verde Government, through the Centro de Políticas Estratégicas (CPE) (Centre for Strategic Policies), organized in partnership with the United Nations, particularly with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations in Cape Verde, as well as public and private national institutions.

The purpose of this event is to build a platform for reflection and for brainstorming creative and innovative ideas to contribute towards advancing the Agenda for Change (Agenda de Transformação) until 2030.

This initiative also intends to establish the role of institutions as well as to achieve a consensus and raise solid social support oriented towards the future, in order to enable Cape Verde to reach the level of an advanced medium-income country.

Presiding the opening ceremony, the President of the Republic, Mr. Jorge Carlos Fonseca, considered that “in light of the problems Cape Verde is faced with and of the current state of involvement of our international partners, it is crucial that the country as a whole reflects, from a strategic and long-term perspective, on the ways available for us to reach our desired outcome, taking the present reality as our starting point.”

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cape Verde, Ulrika Richardson, highlighted how “Cape Verde’s structural vulnerability is its insularity: the fragmented configuration of its territory bears a direct impact in the costs for development, transportation, infra-structures and in the access to energy, water and the labour market, for everyone.” According to Ulrika Richardson, “But, despite its potential as a factor of vulnerability, the sea constitutes a “blue gold reserve” for an archipelago, rich in natural resources, biodiversity and in its potential for employment. Therefore, the blue economy is based on its distinctiveness for the practise of sustainable and high quality tourism, for its potential for environmental, scientific and industrial research and innovation.”

According to the organizers, the Forum will strengthen the country’s vision for socio-economic transformation. National and international specialists will propose a series of strategies to establish concrete policies aimed at overcoming obstacles and promoting a sustainable development based on increasing investments, diversifying production, consolidating peace and social justice, among other objectives.

To this purpose, UNECA and the United Nations in Cape Verde have affirmed their commitment to action and will, through a team composed of national and international specialists, participate as speakers at the Forum and contribute towards the discussions that will take place in different thematic panels.
The Executive Secretary of UNECA, Mr. Carlos Lopes, who will be in Cape Verde between the 13th and 16th May, in order to participate in the Forum, by invitation of the Government of Cape Verde, will address the audience at a Special Session entitled “Mudanças de Mentalidades: os desafios de um país insular em face das tendências globais” (“A Change in Mentalities: the challenges faced by an island-country in the context of global changes”), which will be presided by His Excellency, Mr. Pedro Pires, former President of the Republic. Social protection, inclusive development, demographics, environmental sustainability and climate changes constitute the main themes that the international specialists from UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF will need to engage with.

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