6 May 2018
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) called for better funding and inclusion of community voices on the international stage to move toward a more community-inclusive approach for development.
GEN was one of 90 non-State Actors selected to participate in Sunday 6 May’s Talanoa Dialogue that took place at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. State observers, coalitions, civil society, NGOs and private entities, amongst others, considered the questions of the Talanoa Dialogue through storytelling. Read more about Talanoa here.
GEN told a story about local farming practices, women’s and youth empowerment and social enterprise as illustrated by the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ghana. GEN emphasised the importance of communities designing their own pathways of development and expressed gratitude at the Talanoa process bringing non-State Actors’ voices into the discussion.
The call for inclusion of community-led action was reflected in the summary of the discussion which will go on to inform the governmental discussions during COP24 in Katowice, Poland.