Climate Change

Is academia ready to support youth in contributing to enhanced transparency under the Paris Agreement?

28 September 2021, 13:00 - 14:30 pm (Rome, GMT +2)

Despite overall progress in mobilizing global support for capacity-building, developing countries continue to face skills gaps when implementing their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and fulfilling their reporting requirements under the Paris Agreement.

Provided with adequate support, universities and scientific institutions could play a key role in narrowing these gaps. They could help strengthen and retain domestic capacity in developing countries to comply with the UNFCCC processes; and train the next generation of climate practitioners.

Main objectives

This event aimed at:

  • examining key capacity-building needs of academic institutions in order for them to take an active role in climate-related processes and actions at the national level; and
  • sparking a solution-oriented dialogue on good practices for fostering the participation of academic institutions in Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF)-related activities: from training and skill development to data provision and policy engagement.


Time in recording




Opening and ice breaker

Alina Gerke


Welcoming remarks

Ismahane Elouafi


Scene-setting presentation: capacity gaps faced by academia in contributing to the ETF

Mirella Salvatore


Roundtable: a multi-stakeholder solution-oriented discussion on greater participation of academia and youth in processes and actions linked to the Paris Agreement and its ETF  

Moderator: Andrea Carrión Mizan R. Khan Elizabeth Gulugulu Aarti Gupta Bruce Currie-Alder




Country experience: Zimbabwe

Walter Svinurai


Key takeaways

All speakers



Karl McAlinden


Andrea Carrión

  • Professor, Coordinator of FLACSO-IDRC in Ecuador
  • Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) focal point in the Impulsouth initiative

Bruce Currie-Alder 

  • Programme manager, Canada International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Elizabeth Gulugulu 

  • Member of UNFCCC YOUNGO: NDC working group, Agriculture working group, Zimbabwe

Aarti Gupta

  • Professor of Global Environmental Governance
  • Leader of the Transformative Potential of Climate Transparency project (TRANSGOV), Wageningen University, Netherlands

Mizan R. Khan 

  • IPCC Author
  • ACE Negotiator: LDCs Group
  • Deputy director: ICCCAD
  • Programme Director: LDCs Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC)
  • Member of UNFCCC RINGO: Independent University, Bangladesh

Karl McAlinden  

  • Head of Capacity Building Negotiations and Programmes, UK COP26 Presidency Team

Mirella Salvatore

  • FAO climate change officer
  • CBIT-AFOLU project coordinator

Walter Svinurai 

  • Animal Scientist and GHG Inventory Compiler
  • CBIT-AFOLU global project: member of the  Zimbabwe country team
  • Senior lecturer at the Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (MUAST) 


Alina Gerke
Climate Change Specialist, FAO


The webinar is organized by the Transparency in agriculture and land use sectors team in FAO's Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment. For more details about the learning event, please contact [email protected]