Climate Change

The forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3) will take place from 8th to 18th May 2017, in Bonn, Germany.

FAO supports countries to ensure that the Paris Agreement is achieved through climate action in the agriculture sectors, giving emphasis to countries' Nationally Determined Contributions. FAO has worked on a series of submissions for the UNFCCC on topics such as Opportunities to enhance the effective engagement of non-Party stakeholders to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, a Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC Lima Work Programme on Gender and lessons learned and good practices related to ecosystems and water resources under the Nairobi Work Programme.

Take a look at the events below in which FAO will be participating, further details to follow:

Events with FAO participation

8 May 2017


8th May: Opening and key note address

This session will set the scene for the Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) 2017 and highlight how actions in urban environments and land use contribute to raising the mitigation ambition and fostering sustainable development.

Key note addresses:
Martin Frick, Director, Climate and Environment Division, FAO, Tomasz Chruszczow, SBI Chair, Carlos Fuller, SBSTA Chair

15:00 - 16:30 Chamber Hall

9 May 2017


9th May

Climate action to address loss and damage of vulnerable populations and build resilience

The Paris Agreement stresses the importance of climate action to reduce loss and damage. How to boost action to anticipate, absorb and reshape for climate resilience (along the UNSG A2R) will be discussed including forecast-based financing and integrated risk management.
Speakers: tbc

Representatives: Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment, Samoa, Khadija Sami, Ministère Délégué de l’Environnement, Morocco

13:15 - 14:45 Berlin (112)

Thematic event: Support for accelerated actions

Global Peatlands Initiative: Advancing global efforts to protect peatlands from degradation

The Global Peatlands Initiative highlights the urgent need of countries to reduce the degradation of peatlands as a significant source of GHG emissions. Sharing concrete experiences, parties will exchange approaches that are advancing efforts to prevent the degradation and loss of peatlands.  

18:30 – 20:00 Berlin (112)

Support for accelerated actions in urban environment and land use to drive mitigation ambition and facilitate sustainable developmentPanel discussion: Martial Bernoux, FAO, Chuck Kooshian, CCAP, Daniel Bongardt, GIZ, Felicity Creighton Spors, World Bank13:15 - 14:45 Santiago de Chile

10 May 2017


May 2017
Thematic event: Agriculture
Agricultural activities with climate and sustainable development benefits

This event showcases initiatives of developed and developing countries in agriculture sector that generate global climate and sustainable development benefits. In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Martin Frick, Director, Climate and Environment Division, FAO
Key note: Martial Bernoux, Natural Resource Officer, FAO – Major options to generate global climate and sustainable development benefits

11:30 - 13:00 Wein 1-2

Thematic event: Forestry and other land use

Activities related to forestry and other land use with climate and sustainable development benefits

This event showcases initiatives of developed and developing countries in the forestry and other land use sector that generate global climate and sustainable development benefits. In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Moderated discussion
Moderator: Martin Frick FAO
Keynote presentation: Julian Fox, FAO10

11 May 2017

Agriculture and Climate Change - Paris and beyond

The 2015 Paris agreement was built on the basis of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This event looks at the lessons that can be learned from  SBSTA workshops, the implementation of the Paris Agreement and twhat lies ahead.

18:30 - 20:00 External event

12 May 2017

Adaptation/National Adaptation Plans and Nationally Determined Contributions - making them a win-win for farmers facing climate change, now!

Agriculture is a priority sector in most NDCs and climate finance can be used to build smallholder farmers’ resilience. Planning priority actions is useful in the short term.

18:30 - 20:00 Kaminzimmer (113) , Bonn, Germany

16 May 2017

Achieving the Paris Agreement through climate action in the land sector

This side event lead by FAO will focus on the role of agriculture and food security in Nationally Determined Contributions. It will address questions related to mitigation and adaptation and look at possible synergies between the two. It looks at ways in which countries can move from Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems to reporting under the transparency framework of the Paris Agreement.

13:15 - 14:45 Bonn (181) 

Addressing agriculture, forestry and fisheries in NAPs - Country views

Countries exchange on progress in the formulation and implementation of NAPs based on the newly launched Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans – Supplementary Guidelines which aim to guide policy makers in national adaptation planning in the agriculture sectors.

17:00 - 18:00 Climate Change Studio