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UN Climate Change Conference COP 18 - Doha, Qatar

FAO supported countries during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18) held from 26 November to 7 December 2012 in Doha, Qatar and ensured that linkages between climate change and food security issues were taken into account during the Conference. 

Side events co-organized by FAO

27 November 2012

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change - How can climate-smart approaches help to build resilience in the agricultural sectors?

The event showcased climate-smart approaches and discussed concrete steps to support resilience in the agricultural sectors. Particular attention was given to programme, policy and financial mechanisms supporting the transition to climate-smart and resilient systems, e.g. through resource efficiency and reduction of losses in the whole value chain from production to consumption.

The event offered a platform for stakeholders, including member states, to share their practical experiences and have an open exchange with the audience. It was a dynamic and interactive dialogue moderated by Mr. Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director General, Natural Resources Department, FAO, and organized around three key questions that were  addressed by a panel of five representatives from member states, civil society and research centres. 

Presentation

1 December 2012

FAO Knowledge Event on Climate-Smart Approaches to Agriculture

Hotel Crowne Plaza, Business Park, Doha, Qatar

Food insecurity and climate change are two  major interlinked global challenges that humanity is facing today. The FAO Knowledge Event on climate-smart approaches for agriculture will provide a forum for dialogue among participants from countries and the broader public on how to address these challenges jointly. It will also be an opportunity to present the latest cross-sectoral programmes and activities on agriculture (including forestry and fisheries) and climate change.   

Climate-smart Approaches to Agriculture: lessons from recent experience
Wendy  Mann, FAO-EPIC

Food Security and Climate Change: committee on World Food Security (CFS) Policy Recommendations 
Alexander MUELLER, FAO

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change: an FAO-OECD Workshop
Dale Andrew, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate

Climate-Smart Approaches to Agriculture in VietnamMs. Bui My Binh, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Doha, Qatar

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture
Suzan Braatz, Cassandra de Young, Alexandre Meybeck, FAO

Food security and climate change: A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)
Gerald C. Nelson, High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) Writing Team Leader

Adapting to Climate Change in the Near East Region
Moujahed Achouri, FAO Deputy Regional Representative for the Near East, FAO, RNE, Cairo

Towards REDD+ Implementation in Mexico

Peatlands and Organic Soils Mitigation Initiative
Marcel Silvius, Wetlands International and Marja Liisa Tapio-Biström, FAO

Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook
Reuben Sessa, FAO

Making CSA work for the most vulnerable: The Role of Safety Nets
Catherine Zanev, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

FAO Knowledge Event on Climate-Smart Approaches for Agriculture
Tiina Vahenen, FAO 

Zambia's National Forest Monitoring System
Deuteronomy Kasaro, National REDD+ coordinator and Julian Fox, FAO

Side events with FAO participation

28 November 2012

European Forest Institute and REDD+ Facility

Qatar, Qatar National Convention Centre, EU Pavilion

29 November 2012

Engaging and empowering children and young people for resilience and green development

UNICEF, UNEP, British Council, YUNGA (FAO), HACEY and Earth Child Institute
Qatar, Doha, COP18 venue, Room 3

30 November 2012

Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Qatar, Doha, COP18 venue, Room 2

1 December 2012

FAO Knowledge Event on Climate-Smart Approaches to Agriculture

Qatar, Doha, Hotel Crown Plaza

2 December 2012

Forest Day 6: Parallel Discussion Forum - Governance frameworks for REDD+

Parallel Discussion Forum - National forest monitoring systems for REDD+

Parallel Discussion forum - Financing REDD+: Closing the gap

FAO, CIFOR, CBD, GEF, ITTO, IUCN, IUFRO, UNCCD, UNDP, UNEP, UNFF, ICRAF, World Bank
Qatar, Doha, Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel

3 December 2012

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5

FAO, as in previous years was one of the main partners of Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day. FAO supported the planning and development of the day and implemented various components in Doha.
FAO, CCFAS, IFAD, WFP WB, CTA, FANRPAN

Mountain Day

The objective of Mountain Day is to raise awareness among negotiators and other COP participants about the impact of CC on mountain areas and promote adaptation activities.
FAO, UNEP, ICIMOD, World Bank

Launch of the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education and Public Awareness

At this side event the UNFCCC Executive Secretary together with senior representatives of other founding members launched the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education and Public Awareness.

4 December 2012

Land Day - Land-degradation neutrality (LDN) and the Durban platform for enhanced action

"Land Day" is a forum aiming to heighten policy attention to critical land issues of global relevance. It spotlights vital issues like improved land productivity and the rehabilitation, conservation and sustainable management of land and water resources, especially in drylands.
UNCCD

5 December 2012

Grasslands climate change mitigation and adaptation potential

Government of Mongolia, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA)

Qatar, Doha, COP18 venue, Room 6

Joining efforts to support the preparation and implementation of NAMAs: An international partnership

The international partnership on NAMAs was presented to Parties and the activities were launched.
UNFCCC

Qatar, Doha, Qatar National Convention Centre, Room 2

UN-REDD Programme: Meeting country needs for concrete progress through REDD+ readinesss

The advances of partner countries in implementing national REDD+ readiness activities and developing of national REDD+ strategies.
FAO, UNEP, UNDP

Qatar, Side Event Room 1, QNCC

Indonesia's 15 Years Contribution to Combat Climate Change: Reducing Deforestation

The Indonesian Ministry of Forestry presented the National Forest Monitoring System which revealed a significant decline in deforestation. Some lessons learned from Demonstration Activities of REDD+ were also presented.

Qatar, Doha, COP18 venue, Room 1

6 December 2012

Practices and policies to mainstream agriculture as an integrated adaptation and mitigation tool

IFOAM discussed locally feasible, resilient, expansive & high sequestration farming practices based primarily on crop photosynthesis including organic agriculture & participatory models of community leadership as well as policies to encourage their uptake & livelihood security benefits.
NCCSD, IFOAM

Ecosystems-based mitigation: from incentives to practice

This side event discussed progress in reducing emissions from peatlands in practice, linked to opportunities under REDD+, LULUCF and NAMAs. Secondly south-south learning on approaches to REDD+ that benefit the livelihoods of ecosystem dependent communities was presented.
FAO, Committee of IUCN in The Netherlands, Michael Succow Foundation, (Russian Academy of Sciences), Wetlands International.

Qatar, Doha, Qatar National Convention Centre