Between 9 and 19 July 2019, Brooke is attending the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, run by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). During the two weeks we will be co-hosting a side event and an exhibition, and giving an oral statement to the UN member states.
In 2017, Brooke was granted special consultative status with ECOSOC, which gives opportunities to be involved in UN processes and work with other international agencies. It means that Brooke has more ways to share our expertise on working livestock and smallholder farming, and influence how policies are implemented. Rouguiatou Ka, Brooke West Africa’s Advocacy Officer, will be giving an oral statement to the UN at the HLPF on 19 July on how working livestock, especially horses, donkeys and mules, contribute to the livelihoods of people around the world.
Brooke has also marked the start of the HLPF to launch a new animation illustrating the link between working livestock and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We’ll be using the video to help us find new partner organisations throughout the two week event.
On 12 July Brooke will be co-hosting an official HLPF side event as part of the International Coalition of Working Equids (ICWE), titled ‘Working livestock: How they contribute to the SDGs’. This event, jointly organised with the Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN, will be attended by Brooke’s advocacy and external affairs teams from around the world, and include a speech from Emmanuel Sarr, CEO of Brooke West Africa. On 19 July Brooke and its ICWE partners will be hosting a full-day exhibition at the UN headquarters highlighting the value of working livestock to communities around the world.
Brooke UK’s Global External Affairs Manager, Carine Bambara, who is also attending the HLPF, has written a blog to highlight the pivotal role of working animals in sustainable development. Read it here.
All of this work means Brooke can have a greater impact on national and international policies on animal welfare, improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules. Check this page again soon and follow Brooke on Twitter to keep up to date.