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UN Climate Change Conference (COP23)
6-17 November 2017

6-17 November 2017 - the 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP23), hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, will take place at its headquarters in Bonn.

As in previous years  FAO will provide technical advice to its member countries to support their involvement in the negotiations and in meeting their UNFCCC commitments, ensuring that the linkages between climate change, agriculture and food security are made. The agriculture sectors are key in addressing climate change.

As a leader of the Marrakech Partnership thematic events on Agriculture and Oceans, FAO will facilitate dialogue and foster participation on Agriculture and Ocean issues. It will ensure the prominence of agriculture and food security at the SDG 2 High-Level Political Event. Side events will feature and showcase the work and expertise of FAO and advance multi-stakeholder engagement in FAO dialogue and solutions.

Please note that the events listed below may be subject to changes.

Events

Tuesday 7th November

Gender-responsive solutions in the context of climate change for agriculture and food security  - linking NDCs to SDG 2 and 5

This event aims to provide policymakers, civil society, development agencies and researchers with a comprehensive set of innovative approaches and tested good practices of gender mainstreaming in agriculture, food security and nutrition.


Venue:
Indonesia Pavilion
Time: 10:30 - 12:00

 

High Level Event convened by the UN Climate Resilience Initiative- A2R: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape

The event aims to bring together high-level representatives to showcase the importance and challenges of linking climate change and disaster risk reduction agendas.


Venue:
Fiji Pavilion
Time: 13:30 - 15:00

Friday 10th November

UN system side event

Climate action for food security: harvesting adaptation and mitigation benefits in the land sector

The event invites farmers, experts and policy makers to showcase concrete examples that successfully unite solutions to achieve environmental and development goals, and yield synergies on climate change adaptation and mitigation from a food security perspective.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 16:45 - 18:15

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Agriculture Action Day

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Agriculture Action Day

Low carbon livestock: moving forward

The event will demonstrate how three different livestock strategies are implemented in practice and what options are available in the face of climate change including silvo-pastoralism, gains in productivity and enteric methane emission reductions, waste and manure management. 


Venue:
tbc
Time: 10:30 - 12:00 

 

Integrated Landscape Management – supporting climate change interventions defined in the NDCs

This session will provide an overview of the complex relationship between land resources and climate change and the need for a coherent and strategic response. Sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable land management (SLM) will be presented as an important strategy for combating climate change, with the potential to also help reduce poverty and the loss of biodiversity, improve the management of water resources, increase food security and alleviate hunger.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 11:30 - 13:00

 

Managing water scarcity for agriculture

The overall objective of the proposed event is to bring together partners, key stakeholders and country representatives to present progress made in the implementation of the initiative and to highlight the way forward between 2018-2020. The meeting is also an opportunity to mobilize further support and greater participation in the collective efforts to tackle water scarcity.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 11:30 - 13:00 

 

Unlocking the potential of soil organic Carbon for climate change action

The event is to inform participants and countries of the importance of soil and soil organic carbon (SOC) in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation. It will provide evidence of how sustainable soil management can contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation, especially in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and calls for the inclusion of soils in the climate change agenda.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 12:15 - 13:45

 

Scaling up Climate-Smart Agriculture to achieve the NDC commitments in the agriculture sectors

The event will highlight the importance of, and opportunities offered by existing approaches to scale up Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), helping countries to achieve their NDC commitments in the agriculture sectors. The event will highlight success stories, and current progress and challenges will be discussed.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 13:30 - 15:00

 


Launch of the climate-smart agriculture sourcebook
Venue: Bonn zone
Time: 14:15 - 15:00

 

Downloading climate data to grow agriculture

The event focuses on best practices in developing climate data to understand climate conditions. It discusses how these might be scaled up to support climate resilience, mitigation and adaptation practices in the agricultural sectors to support livelihoods and food security around the world.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 15:00 - 16:30

 


Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems and climate change

This event will consider how traditional knowledge, agricultural practices and technologies embedded in the sites designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems can contribute to combatting and addressing climate change.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 16:15 - 17:45

 

Integrating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals in the land use sector

The event aims to build up on the outcomes of the Technical Expert Meetings on adaptation: “Integrating climate change adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”, which took place in Bonn in May, in the framework of the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).


Venue:
tbc
Time: 16:30 - 18:00

 

Promoting Collaborative Climate Action through Food Loss and Waste Reduction

The event will look at key challenges in addressing the underlying causes of food loss and waste and will explore options for overcoming the main barriers (financial, technical, organizational, cultural, etc.) to implement solutions. Progress under the GCAA will be presented by showcasing actions and collaborations between state and non-state actors.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 16:45 - 18:15

 


Reducing the vulnerability of mountain and dryland ecosystems to climate change

This session will provide an overview of the complex relationship between land resources and climate change and the need for coherent and strategic responses.


Venue:
tbc
Time: 18:00 - 19:30

 

Saturday 11 November 2017

The Land-Sea-Human Interface – building resilience in coastal zone systems

This event will focus on SIDS and the ongoing work to protect and restore coastal zones to enhance resilience to climate change and to secure sustainable livelihoods. The event will also explore management practices and decision support tools to increase the efficiency of soil and water management practices for improved coastal zone management.


Venue:
Room 2
Time: 13:30 - 15:00

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Oceans Action Day

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Oceans Action Day

Opening plenary for Oceans Action day

With an emphasis on Small Island Developing States, the opening of Oceans Action Day will look at progress of current initiatives highlighted at COP 22.

Venue: Bonn zone
Time: 10:00 - 11:30

 

Adapting and strengthening resilience of fisheries and aquaculture to climate change: food and livelihood approaches

This session will describe on-the-ground action that can be undertaken to foster adaptation and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable fisheries and aquaculture-dependent communities. The event will showcase support provided to policy makers through guidance on adaptation as well as disaster risk reduction/management. Examples of on-the-ground work undertaken by countries will be presented and options for replication and upscaling will be discussed.

Venue: Bonn zone
Time: 11:30 - 13:00

 

Science and Oceans:  IPCC report and other developments

Showcasing how countries collaborate in improving ocean science, the session will focus on how marine research can support ambitious measures in updated NDCs to limit warming to below 1.5°C by the end of the century.

Venue: Bonn zone
Time: 11:30 - 13:00


 
Accessing financial resources and mobilizing financial institutions

This event will provide opportunities for donors, funders and stakeholders to showcase examples of effective implementation of measures to realize the Blue Economy while addressing the impacts of climate change.


Venue:
Bonn zone
Time: 13:15 - 14.45

 

Blue carbon

Advances made in terms of implementing blue carbon as part of countries’ REDD+, NAMAs or other UNFCCC driven processes will be showcased during the event that will also discuss opportunities for including coastal management actions in NDCs.

Venue: Bonn zone
Time: 13:15 - 14.45

 

Tuesday 13th November

Unlocking investments in climate resilience

The purpose of the roundtable is to identify the major barriers and opportunities to increasing the volume of investment in climate resilience in developing countries, and the opportunities resilience presents for investment.

Venue: tbc
Time: 11:30 - 13:00

Wednesday 14th November

Working with Nature to Build Climate Resilience

This side event under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action will bring together high-level representatives from governments, initiatives, the private sector, international organizations, academia and civil society to present and discuss concrete examples of success stories and challenges in the implementation of nature-based solutions for climate resilience, across and within sectors, shaping development pathways.

Venue: tbc
Time: 15:00 - 16:30

 

Climate resilience through nature-based solutions

The event will bring together high-level representatives of governments, initiatives, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, and grassroots representatives to discuss examples of successes in increasing the climate resilience of countries and people most vulnerable to climate change. There will be a focus on SIDS across and within sectors.

Venue: tbc
Time: 15:00 - 16:30

Friday 16th November

High Level Panel Discussion: How can agroecology help countries achieve their climate commitments

Building on the outcomes of the FAO Regional Agroecology Symposiums this panel discussion focuses on the role and comparative advantages of agroecology in food security, building resilience, mitigating climate change impacts and facilitating countries in meeting their Paris Agreement commitments.

Venue: Meeting room 7 (150)
Time: 13:15 - 14:45