Climate Change

UN Climate Change Conference COP 21 - Paris, France

France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) from 30 November 2015 - 11 December 2015.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations are nearing an important milestone with the post-2020 global climate agreement scheduled to be negotiated.

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


1 December 2015

Thematic event: "Forest and Landscape Restoration for supporting achievement of global goals"

Venue: Rio Pavilion
All day

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration: meeting the climate challenge

Venue: Rio Pavillion
10:30 - 12:15

Forest Action Day

This day is the first in a series of events under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, focusing on forest protection, landscape restoration, financing, the fight against deforestation, and eliminating deforestation from agro-supply chains. Closing address: FAO Deputy Director General Maria Helena Semedo.

Venue: COP 21 Conference Centre
9:15 - 13:00

Agriculture Action Day

An event showcasing existing solutions for transitioning to climate-resilient, low-greenhouse-gas agriculture, plus initiatives to be included in the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA). Keynote speech by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Press conference at 14:00.

Venue: COP 21 Conference Centre
13:00 - 18:00

The Restoration Initiative 

Venue: IUCN Pavillion
12:15 - 13:45

Delivering the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: Resilience in Action

Aligning adaptation efforts to the Sendai Framework can deliver practical action and build resilience. Lessons from Parties and the UN Plan of Action on DRR for Resilience will be considered and implementation of sectoral approaches, transboundary and regional cooperation will also be addressed.

Venue: COP21 Room 3
13.15 - 14.45

Assessing transparency and ambition in the land use sector

The event looks at the role of the Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector in Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and the LULUCF in the EU. Climate change mitigation will also be discussed and Maria Sanz Sanchez, Programme Coordinator of the UN-REDD Programme at FAO will speak about the economics of climate change mitigation options in the forest sector.

Venue: EU Pavillion, Blue Zone (Hall 2B), Luxembourg room
14:30 - 16:00 

Sustainable Land Management and Soil Carbon Sequestration in Sub-Saharan Africa

This session will show sustainable land management practices toward healthy soils can be an important component of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) in Africa. The first Science-Policy Brief of the Science-Policy Interface of the UNFCCC will also be launched. 
Venue: French Pavilion
18.00 - 20.00

2 December 2015

Resilience Action Day 

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva will speak in his closing address on damages and losses to agriculture due to climate change and the need to build the resilience to climate shocks of poor and vulnerable small-scale farmers on the front lines of climate disasters.

COP 21 Conference Centre
17:40 - 18:30

Climate and nutrition: a double win for sustainable development

This event will gather actors from nutrition and climate communities, States and donors, to share their understanding and explore opportunities for new alliances, actions and financing to reach common objectives. Speakers include Martin Frick, FAO Director, Climate Energy and Tenure Division.

Venue: French Pavilion
11.00 - 13.00

One Ocean, One Climate, One UN: Working together for a healthy and resilient ocean

This event will highlight the UN system's activities to increasing the knowledge base and capacity of States to understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the marine environment.
Venue: Le Bourget
11.30 - 13.00

Reducing GHG emissions by securing, restoring and rewetting peatland areas

FAO will present the importance of paludiculture in restoring high water tables in drained peatlands and the role of peatlands in mitigating climate change.   

Venue: Nordic Pavilion
12.15 - 13.34

Climate Services for Decision-Making and Effective Adaptation

Martin Frick, FAO Director, Climate Energy and Tenure Division will speak at this Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) event that hopes to engage key stakeholders in a dialogue about how to enhance climate services for climate risk management. The event will look at GFCS's achievements, the benefits for countries and the strategy for implementaton.

Venue: Stand 13, Delegations area
14.15 - 15.45

Agro-ecology: climate resilience, food and nutrition security, and Sustainable Development Goals

This side event aims to provide a forum to highlight existing best practices in agro-ecosystems resilience, as well as challenges and strategies to overcome them.

Venue: Room 5

4 December 2015

Oceans Day

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years. It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; and identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process.
Venue: Rio Conventions Pavilion, Le Bourget
All day

National Adaptation Plans: Changing the way we work and benchmarking success

Martin Frick, Director of FAO's Climate Energy and Tenure Division will present at this event that looks at the benefits and challenges for countries integrating climate adaptation measures for the agricultural sector into relevant national planning and budgeting processes.

Venue: OECD Pavilion
9.15 - 10.45

Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa: From Policy to Implementation to Evaluation

Venue: African Pavilion
12:00 - 13:30

Learning to live with climate change - accelerating climate change education and awareness-raising

Education is a key vector to prepare societies for global changes, plays a critical role in achieving SDGs and putting in place a global agreement on climate change. Action for Climate Empowerment: how do we deliver on the need to educate to restore balance and deliver a prosperous future for all?
Venue: Room 7
13:15 - 14.45

Non-Formal Education and Innovative Approaches For Climate-Change Learning

Non-formal climate change education has the potential to reach out to different communities and enhance climate action. Martin Frick, Director of FAO's Climate Energy and Tenure Division will speak at this side event that showcases alternative approaches such as video games and social media to create public awareness about climate change.

Venue: Room 7
18.30 - 20.00 

5 December 2015

Global Landscapes Forum

Running in parallel to COP21, the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the leading platform for bringing together individuals and organizations that have an impact on land use. The event will run from the 5th-6th December and is expected to be the largest meeting on the sidelines of COP21. 

It all begins at home – climate action with multiple scopes and scales for achieving INDCs

FAO will lead this discussion forum that will provide an opportunity for different actors to showcase success stories, share lessons learned, challenges and experiences. It will be a chance to explore opportunities in the preparation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and related processes.
Venue: Room 252
12:15 - 13:45

Implementing INDCs in data and tool scarce countries – Steps to success in Africa  

African Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) often include agriculture and land use activities in their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. As part of national development plans, this side event explores the co-benefits of implementing INDCs for the sustainable use of natural resources.

Venue: African Pavilion

Investing in Integrated Landscapes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

This Discussion Forum will focus on how investments are coordinated within integrated landscape initiatives and how investors can better engage with those who have a stake in the landscape. It will highlight some of the most innovative funds and partnerships and discuss how efforts can be improved and up-scaled, and how such models for investment can be applied in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Maria Sanz Sanchez, FAO's UN-REDD Programme Coordinator will be speaking at this event. The key messages from the discussion paper on ’Sustainable financing for Forest and Landscape Restoration’ co-published with the Global mechanism will also be presented.

Venue: Palais des Congrés
15:30 - 17:00

Soil Matters
-and is a key element in climate smart agriculture

This side event looks at the key role of soil in tackling climate change, and on the contribution to sustainable land management for food security, resilience building and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. There will also be a panel discussion on the challenges of soil rehabilitation and conservation in the context of food security and climate change.

Venue: German Pavilion
16:00 - 18:00

REDD+ Forest Reference Emission Levels: Progress and challenges in developing countries

Hosted by FAO who will lead discussion for a. One forum will provide an opportunity for 5-6 countries to present the status of their draft FREL/FRL submission to the UNFCCC and allow panellists and the audience to discuss and understand common challenges in the FREL/FRL set up.

Venue: Room 252A
17:15 - 18:45

6 December 2015

Global Landscapes Forum:
From farmer’s fields to landscapes: Food security in a new climate regime?

FAO Deputy Director General Maria Helena Semedo will participate in this high-level panel on diverse approaches to tackling food insecurity.

Venue: Palais des Congrès
9:00 - 13.15

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature

Venue: Palais des Congrés
17:35 - 18:20

7 December 2015

Food security under a changing climate

This side event explores the opportunities for climate finance and action to trigger large scale impacts on food security by building climate resilient livelihoods of farmers, fisher folks and rural communities threatened by climate change. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva will participate as one of the panellists.

Venue: Observer room 02, COP 21 Conference Centre 
13:15 - 14:45

The Importance of Addressing Oceans and Coasts in an Ambitious Agreement at COP 21

Building on the Oceans Day at COP 21 outcomes, the event will address: implications of ocean warming, ocean acidification, & sea level rise; potential impacts on food security; conserving coastal ecosystems as carbon sinks; financing adaptation strategies; capacity development and public education.

Venue: COP21 Conference Centre
16:45 - 18:15

Mediterranean forests and us facing climate change

Nicolas Picard from FAO's Dryland Forests, Agroforestry and Climate Change Team will be speaking at this event that presents the role of Mediterranean forests in adapting to and mitigating climate change.

Venue: Climate Generations space

Sustainable Food Systems and Health

Speakers at this IUNS/UNSCN/FAO/WHO event include Alexandre Meybeck, FAO Senior Policy Officer on Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change.

Venue: African Pavilion Salle 1
16:00 – 17:30

Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Water Use

The event will look at managing business operations within the overarching considerations of the food, energy and water nexus. Innovative new processes and technologies to reduce the environmental impact of private sector operations will also be discussed. Speakers include Olivier Dubois, Leader of FAO's Energy Programme in the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division.

16:15 - 17:20

Pathways to Sustainable Energy for a Climate Friendly World

The event will bring together the experiences of UN organizations to reflect on the development pathways for ensuring access to affordable and modern energy while achieving GHG emissions reduction and other environmental, health and economic co-benefits.
Venue: Le Bourget site, Blue Zone, Room 3

The pivotal role of water in climate change adaptation and mitigation

The event aims to raise awareness on the centrality of water for climate change adaptation and mitigation and the role the United Nations system can play in assisting countries in this regard. It will demonstrate good practices of how to adapt water management and water services to climate change.
Speakers include Martin Frick, FAO Director, Climate Energy and Tenure Division

Venue: Observer Room

8 December 2015

Looking Forward: REDD+ and the UN-REDD Program post-2015

FAO Deputy Director General Maria Helena Semedo will participate as a panellist at this side event by the UN-REDD Program on the role of forests and a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), which will also highlight the 2016-2020 role and strategy of the UN-REDD Program.

Venue: Observer Room 03, COP 21 Conference Centre
18:30 - 20:00

Sustainable Innovation Forum

The Sustainable Innovation Forum is the largest business focused event held annually during the COP. FAO is participating in the Sustainable Innovation Forum session on Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Water Use.

Venue: Stade de France
All day 

Exploring Co-benefits of Climate Finance for Development: Building on successes for post-2015 action

This event will explore lessons learned from UN support to member states on climate finance, particularly in delivering co-benefits for development. It will discuss actions needed beyond Paris to maximize the development effectiveness of climate finance for the broader post-2015 development agenda.

Venue: Stade de France

Policy Dialogue: Climate Change Adaptation

Martin Frick, Director of FAO's Land, Tenure and Climate Change division will give a presentation related to Climate smart agriculture.

Venue: Vietnam Pavilion
13:30 - 15:00

10 December 2015

Climate change and mountain livelihoods – sharing experiences from Central Asia and from the Andes

How is climate change affecting mountain ecosystems and livelihoods in Central Asia and in the Andes? In the framework of the Mountain Partnership, the government of Tajikistan and OIKOSD encourage dialogue on how mountain communities are adapting to climate change. Speakers include Rosalaura Romeo, Forestry Officer, FAO.

Venue: Room 8
13:15 - 14:45

11 December 2015

Adapting and building resilience to climate change in mountain communities

This high level political event observes International Mountain Day, presents the result of the International Petition on Mountains and Climate Change and discusses how to improve the resilience of mountain areas to Climate Change. Speakers include FAO’s Climate Change, Energy and Tenure Division Director, Martin Frick.

Venue: Room 4
13:15 - 14:45