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Localizing SDGs. Climate Resilience and Global Equity


26th – 30th June 2023 - Schloss Kirchberg, Kirchberg/ Jagst, Germany

The World Organic Forum is a multi-day development policy conference at Schloss Kirchberg (Kirchberg Castle) in Kirchberg an Jagst/Germany. According to the the claim "Localizing SDGs", Akademie Schloss Kirchberg (Academy for Organic Agriculture and Food Management) continuously pursues the goal of anchoring the United Nations Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) locally in a practice-oriented way together with partners from all parts of the world. In the long term, this will create a global network of SDG regions, i.e. regions in which the 17 SDGs will be achieved step by step in a bottom-up process. The representatives of the participating regions and initiatives meet annually in summer at Schloss Kirchberg to promote the exchange of learning and experience for the creation of a sustainable world within the framework of the SDGs. Thus, the forum is an impulse-giving starting point to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals regionally worldwide and to fill them with life - in the North as well as in the South, in the West as well as in the East.

At the VI. World Organic Forum 2023, the topics of climate resilience, new models of creating value based on resource conservation, biodiversity and holistic economic prosperity for farmers as well as issues of global justice will play a special role in connection with the 17 goals. We will be accompanied by renowned experts and protagonists of change from global civil society, science and politics, activists as well as farmers from regions around the world. Together we want to learn about best practice examples, develop new approaches and inspire each other for a new awareness to powerfully advance the necessary local transformations for a sustainable world of tomorrow! The forum offers a spectrum of different formats such as key note speeches, panel discussions, workshops and field trips. The program will be translated by professional interpreters and can also be followed digitally via an live livestream.

It is particularly important for Akademie Schloss Kirchberg to facilitate new synergies and partnerships in its field of activity at the interface between organic agriculture and food management, rural regional development and global development cooperation. The aim is to create open and appreciative spaces of encounter for indigenous and Western cultures, agricultural practices and approaches to holistic ecological, economic, social, cultural and political value creation. In addition to the basic thematic goal of bringing the 17 "Sustainable Development Goals" to the ground in a regional network, Akademie Schloss Kirchberg defines a special thematic focus each year.

Impressions of the World Organic Forum 2022 can be found here.

You can find the presentations of the speakers under this link.