Committee on Agriculture (COAG)

Side event #3

High-level event - The key role of agriculture in climate change: agenda for action

Tuesday 27 September, 12:45–14:15, Sheikh Zayed Centre

About the event: The key role of agriculture in coping with and adapting to the impacts of climate change is widely acknowledged and is now part of the UNFCCC COP21 Paris Agreement and the framework for delivering the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. This side event will showcase the global challenges of putting these global processes into action and illustrate these with concrete country examples while also considering the realities of taking action at appropriate scale and with appropriate investment.

Moderator: Martin Frick, Director, FAO Climate and Environment Division

Opening remarks 
- Introduction on FAO role in supporting countries and regions on climate change challenges for agriculture sectors (Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, Coordinator for Natural Resources)

Presentation by panellists

The Swiss experience of integrating climate change into national agriculture and its support to developing countries (Eva Reinhard, Deputy Director General of the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland)
Existing extreme climate vulnerabilities in the face of climate change – the impacts of El Niño-induced drought on agriculture and livestock (H.E. Mulugeta Alemseged Gessese, Ambassador, Ethiopia)
African Development Bank plans for financing the climate-agriculture nexus (Abdoulaye Dagamaissa, Manager Environment and Sustainable Development Division of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank, Côte d’Ivoire)
Green Climate Fund and agriculture (Josceline Wheatley, International Team Leader, Climate and Environment Department, Department for International Development, United Kingdom)

Open discussion

Summary and concluding statements by the Moderator

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Twitter hashtag: #COAG25

Side event will be webcast