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Nationally Determined Contributions Partnership workshop takes place at FAO Headquarters

Countries convene to discuss how to best meet the needs of agriculture, food security & land use in the face of climate change


05/05/2017

Members of the newly formed Nationally Determined Contributions Partnership (NDC-P) gathered yesterday for the partnership’s first workshop at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Lead by FAO in conjunction with its partners, the workshop was a chance to share experiences on climate action and learn more about best practices in different countries and regions. Government representatives from more than twenty countries, the African Group of Negotiators, the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, the Partnership’s (NDCP) support unit, UNDP and the World Bank Group/CCAFS established a Thematic Working Group (TWG) within the Partnership on agriculture, food security and land use.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Martin Frick, Director of FAO’s Climate and Environment Division, explained that “in line with our climate change strategy recently adopted by all our governing bodies, FAO is visibly taking the lead on one of the top topics of countries’ climate obligations under the Paris Agreement – the land sectors”.

A coalition of 58 developed and developing countries and 8 international institutions make up the NDC Partnership. Its objective is to ensure countries receive the technical and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible. 

“The NDC Partnership is a space where countries can support one another – when one is weak in one area they can find support from another,” said Kingsley Kwako Amoako, Deputy Director of Directorate of Crop Services for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana. Ghana is one of the African countries that has developed a climate change policy as well as a climate-smart agriculture action plan that contributes to the implementation of its food and agricultural sector policy.

Reducing vulnerabilities and identifying opportunities

The meeting was an opportunity for countries to share their experience on how they are dealing with the impacts of climate change.

The Director of the Climate Change Unit from the Ministry of Agriculture in Uruguay, Walter Oyhantçabal, emphasized the vulnerability of the agriculture sectors to climate change. He mentioned the opportunities in finding ways to reduce these vulnerabilities through the NDC Partnership, through better synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation.

“NDCs are a huge challenge for developing countries in terms of capacity development, investment and the identification and assessment of actions that mainstream adaptation and mitigation into rural development,” said Mr Oyhantçabal.

New Zealand is implementing its NDC through a collaboration between the government and the agriculture sector by establishing a Biological Emissions Reference Group to build robust and agreed evidence on what the sector can do on-farm to reduce emissions by assessing costs and opportunities. This evidence base will underpin any future policy on emissions from the agricultural sector.

“Not all countries are at the same stage of NDC implementation” explained Victoria Hatton, Senior Policy Analyst for the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand.

The NDC Partnership was launched by FAO’s Deputy Director-General, Maria-Helena Semedo at November’s Conference of Parties (COP22). It was one of the main outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference. As part of the Paris Agreement, countries made commitments to climate action (INDCS – Internationally Determined Contributions). The Partnership is a tool that will help make these commitments a reality.

For further information:

FAO’s latest publication on NDCs and priority areas for intervention
Poster/leaflet: overview of global key findings related to INDCs
FAO Climate Change website
Photos from the event