Director-General QU Dongyu will lead FAO delegation at the global event in Dubai, where the Organization will launch a series of reports and co-host the Food and Agriculture Pavilion
28 November 2023, Rome: As the world grapples with the urgency of climate action, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will highlight at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP28 the unique potential of agrifood systems as the linchpin for sustainable solutions.
Director-General QU Dongyu will lead the FAO delegation at the global event, which takes place this year at the Expo City Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December, and expects the attendance of over 65,000 people, including the member states (of Parties) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), around 150 world leaders, private sector, young people, climate scientists, Indigenous Peoples, journalists and various influencing climate action advocates such as Pope Francis and King Charles.
“The climate and food crises are inseparable. Investing in agrifood systems and rural areas creates the concrete solution to address the impacts of the climate crisis. At COP28 FAO will systematically highlight how agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action to the benefit of people, prosperity and the planet”, QU said.
Discussion and negotiations this year are set to cover critical workstreams, aiming to make substantial progress on key issues. One is finalizing the details of the loss and damage finance facility agreed to be established at COP27 to aid vulnerable communities at the forefront of the impacts—including farmers— in dealing with immediate climate impacts. Another imperative goal is advancing towards a global finance objective to support developing countries in their climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Accelerating both an energy transition and a just transition, as well as addressing the emissions gap, are also critical areas that will be under consideration, among others.
COP28 will also see the conclusion of the first-ever global stocktake, a process done by countries and stakeholders to evaluate where the progress is stagnating (or not) towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. The process will end with a decision which is expected to be leveraged to accelerate ambition in the next round of climate action plans (Nationally Determined Contributions) due in 2025 something that FAO has been supporting countries with.
FAO will support its Members during these processes, including discussions on the Sharm el-Sheikh joint work on the implementation of climate action on agriculture and food security which brings the discussion of agrifood systems solutions into the heart of the negotiations.
FAO is also committed to assist countries with the implementation of agrifood systems solutions fully aligned with the Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action. The Declaration will be unveiled in Dubai as part of the Presidency’s ambitious agenda on food and agriculture that will be a central feature of the World Climate Action Summit on 1 December and the Food, Agriculture and Water Day on 10 December.
COP28 serves as a vital platform for collaborative dialogue, knowledge exchange, and decision-making regarding the distinctive role of agrifood systems in the battle against climate change. Taking in account that the agrifood sector contributes to one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, innovative solutions within agrifood systems contribute directly to climate action, also fostering resilience and adaptation, safeguarding biodiversity, and ensuring global food security and nutrition—in a world where around 735 million people are currently facing hunger.
As part of its Strategic Framework 2022-31, Climate Change Strategy and Science and Innovation Strategy, and respective action plans, FAO already supports countries to deliver solutions for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life. However, a transformation of agrifood systems to tackle the climate crisis can only be realized by scaling up investment in action at local, national, and global levels. A call for a collective effort to scale up investments, embrace innovative financing, and implement transformative strategies for a climate-resilient future is at the core of FAO’s participation at the international meeting.
FAO will also co-host the Food and Agriculture Pavilion along with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), CGIAR and the Rockefeller Foundation, leading events and providing technical advice to member countries, both within and outside the official negotiation process.
Science and innovation will be also at the center of agrifood systems solutions showcased at COP, from solar-powered water irrigation systems to cutting-edge technology to tackle food loss and waste, experts will show how producing more food with fewer inputs and less environmental damage is a multi-benefit climate solution.
FAO reports and a Global Roadmap
In this context, FAO will launch a series of reports during COP28 and a Global Roadmap.
- Pathways towards lower emissions – A global assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation options from livestock agrifood systems
- Loss and Damage in Agrifood Systems − Addressing Gaps and Challenges
- Climate-related development finance to agrifood systems—Global and regional trends between 2000 and 2021
- Global Roadmap: Achieving SDG2 without breaching the 1.5C threshold
At the World Climate Action Summit, a high-level leaders event on agriculture and food systems will take place on 1 Dec.
On 10 Dec, as designated by the UAE Presidency, COP28 will have a thematic day dedicated to food, agriculture and water with FAO at the forefront of the efforts to highlight agrifood systems solutions.
Over the conference, there will also be special announcements of new memorandums of understanding (MOU), partnerships and initiatives.
Some of the events led by or that FAO is supporting include (all times on GMT+4 ):
10:00- 11:00 Climate Change and Food Security: The Role of Nuclear Science and Technology
13:30-14:15 World Leaders’ Event: Transforming Food Systems in the face of Climate Change
17:00-18:00 Loss and Damage in agrifood systems: Addressing gaps and challenges
18:00- 19:00 Implementation of Nairobi declaration on climate finance and green growth in Africa
16:45–18:15 Crowdsourcing AI Solutions for Climate Change
17:00–18:00 Global Leaders Group on AMR high-level side event: Political action for AMR and environment on the road to the UNGA HLM on AMR in 2024
18:30–20:00 Agrifood Systems Transformation to Achieve Triple Wins: For People, for Climate and for Nature
11:00–12:00 Scaling up integrated actions to address malnutrition and climate change: an intersectional and intergenerational dialogue
16:00–17:00 From relief to climate-resilient development: Reducing humanitarian needs, protecting people and planet by scaling up integrated resilience actions in the face of climate change
15:00- 16:30 Presidency event: Food Crisis Ministerial
18:30–19:30 Strengthening climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation through food loss and waste reduction
10 December ( Food, Agriculture and Water thematic Day)
09:00- 10:30 Presidency event: High-Level Ministerial dialogue on building water-resilient agrifood systems
09:00- 10:30 Presidency event: Farmers and Traditional Food Producers at the Heart of Food Systems Transformation
11:30-13:30 Presidency event: Implementing the Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, resilient food systems, and climate action
14:00-15:00 Presidency event: FAST Inception Meeting
A full list of FAO-led or co-led events and more information can be found in this dedicated webpage.
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