Climate Change

FAO recognizes that agriculture and food systems play a fundamental role in feeding a growing population and solving the climate crisis but that these systems must be transformed through inclusive, multisectoral approaches that reduce emissions, draw down carbon, and boost climate resilience and adaptation.

From 2-13 December 2019, the Government of Spain hosted the 25th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP25), under the Presidency of the Government of Chile, in Madrid. See below the events in which FAO participated:

FAO supported countries to make sure that agriculture and food systems continue being part of the negotiations, following developments to secure climate finance, strengthen partnerships and creating new ones. Key areas of engagement included the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action and negotiations related to the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture.

Wednesday 04 December 2019

Raising ambition for climate action in agriculture: the potential of agroecology and other place-based actions

The event will raise awareness on the FAO-led initiative on scaling-up Agroecology, present the results of the FAO-FIBL-Biovision-Enda Pronat-ISRA study on ‘The potential of agroecology to hedge against climate change’ and launch the CGIAR ‘Two Degree Initiative for Food and Agriculture’.

Moderator: Martial Bernoux 
Venue: EU Pavilion
Time: 18:30-20:00


From REDD+ readiness to Results Based Payments and Paris Agreement: A nature based solution to fight climate change

Countries will present lessons and experiences on how REDD+ has been catalytic in achieving ambitious climate commitments while looking at how long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies can be achieved through nature-based solutions.

Venue: Colombia Pavilion 
Time: 18:00-21:00



THURsday 05 December 2019

Putting Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture into practice: country cases addressing soil, water management and integrated systems

Agriculture needs to sustainably increase production and reduce GHG emissions. This event will focus on possible tools and actions to implement and operationalize the KJWA at national level and Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, Austria, and other KJWA countries will present their success stories.

Venue: EU Pavilion
Moderator: Martial Bernoux and Julia Wolf
Time: 10:30-12:00 

Agriculture and land use sectors in Latin American and the Caribbean

A unique, sector-specific synthesis of the NDCs in Latin America and the Caribbean and the gaps, barriers and needs to be addressed if the agriculture sectors want to raise the mitigation and adaptation ambitions of their climate commitments for 2020.

Venue: NDC Partnership Pavilion
Time:  12:00-13:00



 Climate action and land use - opportunities and risk

This event will explore questions related to what governments and businesses can do to improve land use management with a special focus on forestry and agriculture, and the food, materials and fuels they provide. How can policies support opportunities and address risks?  

Venue: EU Pavilion 
Time:  12:30-14:00


Building climate resilience in coastal areas through risk and natural resource management for sustainability

As a follow-up to the Climate Summit side-event on nature-based solutions, this event will showcase how building climate resilience in coastal areas is achieved through climate risk and natural resource management for sustainability, with a focus on SIDS.


Venue: Moana & Blue Pavilion 
Time:  12:45-13:45


Launch of the Platform of Latin American and Caribbean Agriculture Climate Action (PLACA)

Venue: Moana & Blue Pavilion 
Time:  18:00-20:30






FrIday 06 December 2019

Land use action event: maximizing the contribution of the land use sector to a 1.5°C climate neutral and resilient world

The purpose of this event is to increase the ambition for climate action and to define a “roadmap for the land use sector” to ensure a sustainable and resilient 1.5°C world.

Venue: tbc
Time: 15:00-18:00



Ocean and coastal zones climate action towards 1.5°C pathway 


Venue: NDC Partnership Pavilion
Time:  15:00-18:00






SATURDAY 07 December 2019

SDG 14 - Life below water: raising ambition on climate and the oceans


The oceans face specific challenges reducing GHG emissions and adapting to a warming climate. On mitigation, the event will explore ocean governance including new efforts to decarbonize shipping, and on adaptation, the challenges in coastal areas including food production, particularly for SIDS.

Venue: Room 5
Time:  11:30-13:00

The Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) in practice: transformative solutions

Experiences from the Pacific region (Fiji and Tonga) will be presented at this event that focuses on tools and actions needed to implement and operationalize the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA)  at national level.

Venue: Moana and Blue Pavilion
Time:  12:45-13:45



MoNDAY 09 December 2019

SDG 15 - Life on land: nature-based solutions on the ground: UN support to people and landscapes


During this event UN agencies and partners discuss how land with its mitigation potential, plays a key role in nature-based solutions. Faced with the need for greater NDC ambition; UN partners, including indigenous peoples will share experiences of protecting and restoring diverse biomes, like mountains and forests.

Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Room 1 

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Cross-cutting round table: Resilience


High-level roundtable

Venue: tbc  
Time: 15:00-16:30 




WEDNESDAY 11 December 2019

Celebration of International Mountain Day

The Mountain Partnership has a key role to play as the only UN organization dedicated to Sustainable Mountain Development. This year’s event will highlight the partnership’s work in Latin America under the 2030 Agenda for Mountains.

Venue: Chile Pavilion
Time: 08:30-10:00



High-level forum on South-South Cooperation to cope with climate change

Venue: China Pavilion
Time: 14:00-17:30




Gender-responsive policies and solutions for climate-resilient agriculture and food security in Pacific Small Island Developing States 

Venue: Moana and Blue Pavilion
Time: 15:00-16:00

The focus of the event is rural women’s potential in agriculture, ensuring food security and nutrition in the context of climate change. It will look at innovative approaches and good practices to enhance the resilience of communities and entire agrifood systems.

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Sustainable food production and climate change


Venue: Presidency Pavilion
Time: 19:00-20:30  




SDG 12 - Enhancing Climate Solutions through Sustainable Food Systems


This event will highlight the efforts of a group of countries and UN agencies to implement policies and programmes on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), in the context of the One Planet network, to achieve SDG 12 and contribute to the transition to a more circular economy. 

Venue: Room 3 
Time: 18:30-20:00



THURSDAY 12 December 2019

SDG 2 - Zero hunger: Linking the science and climate change actions for a world free of hunger, malnutrition and poverty


In response to the IPCC Special Report, this event highlights examples of biodiversity-friendly adaptation, resilience and risk-reduction responses that can be undertaken to address climate change for a world free of hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Venue: Room 2
Time: 11:30-3:00


Strengthening synergies, accelerating ambition

This high-level side event will focus on how best to leverage policies, programmes, multi-stakeholder action and partnerships to advance the SDGs, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and other global frameworks. 

Venue: Room 1
Time: 13:15-14:45


Fostering the technological revolution to meet mitigation and adaptation goals


Venue: Presidency Pavilion
Time: 17:15-18:45



SDG 4 - Education: learning for climate action

This event discusses how a comprehensive approach to climate change education supports the implementation of the Paris Agreement, exploring good practices at all levels of learning and through climate-resilient education systems from around the world. 

Venue: Presidency Pavilion
Time: 18:30-20:00