Klaus Töpfer im Gespräch mit OWA-Jury-Mitglied Vandana Shiva
The first official encounter between IFOAM and Klaus Töpfer took place in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio. At the time, the IFOAM headquarters were located in the Saarland close to Klaus Töpfer’s residence.
Therefore, it was natural for him to participate as guest of honor and key note speaker at the IFOAM 20 years anniversary conference in Tholey-Theley. With his broad expertise, his charisma and his humor Klaus Töpfer was one of the best speakers.
Already in the text that he contributed 22 years ago to the IFOAM anniversary issue he stated the following: “With the renunciation of chemical synthetic pesticides and highly-soluble fertilizers, a diverse crop rotation and mostly closed material cycles, organic agriculture is right on target
! (…) The Earth Summit in Rio made clear that we have to use our resources in all areas very carefully and wisely. The global imitation of highly intensified agro-industrial methods will not result in an alleviation of hunger but in the waste of resources.” Unfortunately, this assessment is more up-to-date today than ever.
A decisive milestone for the organic movement was the cooperation with UNEP Director Klaus Töpfer as opening speaker and host of the conference initiated by IFOAM and WWF on biodiversity in organic farming.
Wangari Maathai, the first OWA-VIP laureate, and Klaus Töpfer know each other from Nairobi where they cooperated on various environmental projects and discussed their common passion, the protection of our earth
With Klaus Töpfer the global organic movement honors a man who showed his true colors
at an early stage. His support for the political and international recognition of the organic agricultural movement has been and continues to be very significant.
One World Award for Very Impacting People
The OWA-VIP (One World Award for Very Impacting People) is granted to prominent, international individuals who show special commitment for the organic movement and for more justice in the world. Prof. Wangari Maathai from Kenya was not only the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, but she was the first laureate to receive the OWA-VIP in 2010.