Dialogues and collaborative engagements
PERSPECTIVE - Cherry Piquero Ballescas (The Freeman) - November 21, 2019 - 12:00am

Gratefully, from the past till now, this world has no shortage of people and organizations genuinely committed to improving the well-being of all, people and planet. Sadly, however, despite decades of committed engagements to create a better world for all, millions still remain poor, the world still so divided and in conflict, our planet threatened as well.

Still, many more, however, are not giving up on co-creating that better world for all. Through dialogues and collaborative engagements, efforts to finally attain prosperity and peace for our planet and our people are continuing.

For this month, for example, the Regional Center for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development-Cebu (RCE-Cebu), together with Project Drawdown PH, the Collaboration for Development and Humanitarian Action (Collab4Dev), RARE Philippines, and Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concern (CACEC) will conduct Dialogue 3 ( focused on Cebu Civil Society Organizations( CSO) water-related initiatives and engagements this Friday, November 22, from 9 A,M, to 4 P.M at the RARE Philippines Office at the 5th Floor of Trends Plaza in F. Ramos, Cebu City) and Dialogue 4 ( focused on Climate and Disaster Resiliency Actions on November 27, from 9 A.M to 4 P.M at the Filipiniana Room of the Cebu Archbishop’s Palace at D. Jakosalem St. Cebu City).

For inquiries, please contact 09225443544.

These dialogues, “From Global to Local, Local to Global: SDG Presentations in Cebu’s Landscape”, intend to provide a voluntary review of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level while looking at concrete solutions to specific problems making possible the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and solutions. In addition, these dialogues hope to foster the creation of local dialogue networks that promote social cohesion and cooperation aimed at identifying and putting a face to the poor so that no one is left behind by 2030, exploring what transformation actions were taken, building upon lessons learned, and calling for increased data-driven assessment and monitoring of SDGs,

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From November 20-22, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Southwestern University (SWU Phinma), Urgello Street, Cebu City, the ASEAN Abundance ILab, “an innovation lab committed in connecting resources to the underserved communities in ASEAN” envisions to have participants convene, converse, collaborate, and co-create solutions and respond as one of the ‘thriving ocean communities’ in the Philippines.”

This event is in collaboration with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), East-West Center, Hawai’i and STEP Philippines. For inquiries, please contact 09215150024.

Finally, the Communities for Alternative Food Ecosystems Initiative, Inc. (or CAFÉi) with Slow Food Southeast Asia and Slow Food Puso Nato sa Sugbo (Cebu) is organizing the 1st Slow Food, Slow Travel Summit in Cebu, on November 26-28, 2019. Contact 09453813376.

Food growers, makers, lovers and protectors are invited to get together to partner in building the new culture and practice of Slow Food and Slow Travel in Cebu, making it a way of life for Cebuanos and its millions of visitors per year.

The organizers want to bring heritage foods and food practices back into the mainstream food market of Cebu to: “1) reclaim our deepest cultural heritage as food and culture are so intertwined; 2) restore our agricultural lands and gaining sovereignty over our endemic seeds and crops for they are the most climate resilient to Cebu and they have been so far untouched by the harmful use of GMO and chemical pesticides and fertilizers; 3) protect and support the web of smallholder farmers throughout our fair province against the harmful practices of the big agriculture, industrial food chain; and, 4) uphold the rights of Cebuano residents and visitors to good, fair, clean food.”

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