14 “Walk the talk”: Key achievements in the fight against climate change in light of the 2012 HLPE recommendations

Multistakeholder stocktaking of climate actions and recommendations for the way forward


  • IFAD, WFP and FAo.
  • Civil Society Mechanism (CSM)


In 2010 the CFS requested the HLPE to work on Climate Change and Food Security, more specifically “to review existing assessments and initiatives on the effects of climate change on food security and nutrition, with a focus on the most affected and vulnerable regions and populations and the interface between climate change and agricultural productivity, including the challenges and opportunities of adaptation and mitigation policies and actions for food security and nutrition.” In 2012, the published HLPE report set out policy recommendations, which were endorsed after negotiations, on the CFS 39th session.

What happened next? What did CFS stakeholders do in the field of climate change, reflecting these policy recommendations?

Seizing the international momentum on climate change, and building on the commitment of Member States and Civil Society Organizations and the expanding work of the RBAs in the field of climate change, this side-event aims at taking stock of climate action through multistakeholder lenses.

Furthermore, it will highlight how HLPE policy recommendations are brought into action and implemented at country level. The side-event will finally highlight key possible entry points on how to better integrate climate change within CFS discussions and to link the Committee better to the international climate debates.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Moderator: Mrs. Margarita Astralaga, Director Climate & Environment Division, IFAD


  • Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE)  Steering Committee: M. Patrick Caron
  • Representative of France: H.E. Ambassador Delphine Borione
  • Representative of Morocco : H.E. Ambassador Hassan Abouyoub
  • Representative from the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) : M. Faris Ahmed (from USC Canada)
  • Representative from FAO (representing all Rome Based Agencies): M. Martin Frick, Director Climate & Environment Division


This side-event took stock of climate action through multi-actor lenses and brought out ideas to better plan an adequate involvement of the Committee on world Food Security (CFS) on climate change issues.

  • Progress made in 5 years (since 2012): the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the Paris Agreement, and its financial mechanism, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the progressive integration of climate change concerns in food security policies at the national level, agriculture is finally entering the discussion in the UNFCCC arena.
  • But still big gaps in knowledge

Key outcomes/take away messages

The multistakeholder panel discussions draw out strong messages on climate action and needs, including:

  • The need of a revolution in ways of producing, consuming, the need of totally different (systemic) approaches, highlighting the need of a transition towards an agro-ecological approach, a transition towards more biodiverse, sustainable systems, highlighting the need of innovation and transition in organizing new models of land use for growth and employment and more highly performing systems.
  • The key role of monitoring in climate change management as part of the global stock take exercise, a key element of the Paris Agreement and the related logistical challenges and need to build capacities to support generating better data on the feasibility of climate risk management
  • The importance of climate justice, Gender equality and a strong human rights foundation to fight against climate change and engage stakeholders in action.
    • The importance of investing in smallholder farmers, as they didn’t cause the climate crisis but have what it takes to contribute to the solution.
    • There was strong agreement for the rights of women, on the need to invest in women as key actors of change. The key issue of land rights was strongly brought forward as well as the challenge of gathering more data and evidence regarding women, so as to empower them.
  • the role of education in influencing policy outcomes
  • the idea to link the CFS more to the UNFCCC arena, as it was recommended in 2012
  • the CFS model of inclusive governance is hailed as the model for the 21st century, and similar models should be considered for other institutions
  • the importance of a sound and constructive collaboration between the Rome-based Agencies in the fight against climate change

Recognized as timely by all panellists as well as by the audience, this side-event revived debates related to climate and gave way to a call for action and a long list of recommendations and needs. Seeding ideas for CFS’ role in the field of climate change, this event could be a strong enabler to bring climate action back in the CFS arena and link the committee to the UNFCCC discussions.

Side Event - 14 - “Walk the talk”: Key achievements in the fight against climate change in light of the 2012 HLPE recommendations