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FAO at the UN Climate Conference – COP27

Hybrid Event, Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt), 06/11/2022 - 18/11/2022

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The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC hosted by Egypt in Sharm el-Sheikh from 6-18 November 2022. Global food security and priority areas relevant to FAO’s mandate are high on this year's agenda. FAO is actively engaged in the climate conference, leading and co-leading events and supporting member countries with technical advice both within and outside the climate negotiations. 

Together with CGIAR and The Rockefeller Foundation, FAO are hosting the Food and Agriculture Pavilion in the Blue Zone, supporting the Water and Climate Pavilion and leading side-events in venues throughout the COP27 Blue and Green Zones. 

FAO is advocating for global action on climate and nutrition and is committed to supporting the development and implementation of the Glasgow–Sharm el-Sheikh work programme on the global goal on adaptation (2022–23), the Enhanced Transparency Framework, the Glasgow work programme for Action for Climate Empowerment and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. Countries are supported by FAO in these processes through technical assistance and knowledge products.
 
The Egyptian Presidency is working with FAO to highlight the importance of food systems through the Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transitions Initiative (FAST), a global agriculture initiative built on tangible deliverables with a strong focus on governance. FAO is also part of the launch of the initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN), and the 50 by 2050 Initiative led by Egypt to recycle 50 percent of Africa’s waste by 2050.

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Programme

time: 08:30-10:00 / venue: climate action area

Ocean Future Lab on marine renewable energy and aquatic seafood production
Building on the Ocean for Climate Declaration, launched at COP26 in Glasgow, the event will be a creative session looking into the future of the ocean, specifically focusing on opportunities to tackle the global energy and food crises. It will showcase bold and innovative ocean actions for systems change to accelerate the transition to a regenerative, just and resilient world.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


time: 13:00-14:30 / venue: KOREA pavilion

Importance of integrated forest risk management for climate adaptation
This event will highlight the importance of the Assuring the Future of Forests with Integrated Risk Management (AFFIRM) Mechanism, which was co-launched by the Korea Forest Service and FAO at the 15th World Forestry Congress in May 2022.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 14:30-15:30/ Venue: Capacity-Building Hub

The role of adaptation reporting under the ETF in agriculture sectors
As part of “Together4Transparency” at COP27, the event will feature a conversation between developing country Party representatives and international organizations mostly committed in supporting developing countries in applying for funding and implementing projects for adaptation in agriculture sectors on the ground. The discussion will make the case of the importance to foster reporting on adaptation-related issues, including through the reporting guidance developed for climate change impacts and adaptation as part of the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR), highlighting expected benefits.


time: 15:30-17:30 / venue: Italy pavilion

Youth4Climate: powering solutions
Designed to inspire young people to make their ideas implemented into concrete projects to address the climate emergency. It will provide a comprehensive and stimulating overview of the Call for Solutions as a part of the solid program of activities launched by the Italian Government and UNDP at the Youth4Climate: Powering Action flagship event last September in New York. Key-partners and young people will be involved in an interactive dialogue addressed to boost youth-led solutions on urban sustainability, energy, education, and food and agriculture.


time: 18:00-18:45 / venue: panama pavilion

Road to Results-based payments for REDD+
This side event wish to share lessons, experiences and ideas on how REDD+ has and can be catalytic for the effectiveness of ambitious climate commitments.  Countries will bring in their views on results achieved and on how the process will flow in to the formulation of long-term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies, increase the ambition in the update process of their NDC and reach zero-emissions goals through nature-based solutions. This side event will also raise awareness on the key role that Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other source of funding play in contributing to the provisions of adequate and predictable Results based-payments (RBP). 


Time: 18:00-18:40 / Venue: Climate Action hub

Nutrition and climate financing: how to walk the talk
The 2021 UN Food Systems Summit committed stakeholders to work together to transform agrifood systems, a feat requiring significant additional investment, estimated at $300-400 billion more per year. Coherent investments in nutrition and climate change are essential to improve the availability, accessibility and consumption of nutritious foods and to protect hard-won gains in the fight against all forms of malnutrition. Increasing financial investments is critical for enabling synergies between nutrition-sensitive and climate-resilient agriculture and food systems.

Closing remarks: Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General

time: 14:30-15:30 / Venue: Food and agriculture pavilion

Indigenous peoples' food systems: regenerative, resilient and protectors of the land
Showcase knowledge and learning from Indigenous Peoples’ regenerative food systems.


Time: 18:00-19:30 / Venue: CRYOSPHERE PAVILION

Leading mountain sustainability through innovation
This event will be focused on how to build interdisciplinary and interinstitutional environments to co-develop and implement solutions for tackling challenges related to climate change in mountain regions, and the adoption of innovation, new technologies and change management in cryosphere and mountain regions.

time: 10:00-12:00 / CLIMATE ACTION Area

Sharm el Sheikh adaptation solutions: the opportunity to accelerate a global adaptation agenda
COP27 will be an opportunity to catapult an agenda of action that accelerates adaptation implementation and helps materialise the momentum renewed at COP26 to increase finance flows for adaptation and to align more finance with efforts to reach the local level. Shifts in narrative must now be backed up with material change. In this event, we will connect the dots across the many actors and sectors in the space of adaptation and resilience and showcase the impact such combined action across and within sectors can achieve.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


time: 11:30-12:30 / Venue: Cryosphere pavilion

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems in the Arctic as game changers for climate action
Through this side event, we will explore the game changer solutions that Arctic Indigenous and Nomadic Peoples can share with the world and the urgent need for governments and the international community to establish and enforce intercultural policies that support the efforts of Indigenous Peoples to protect and promote their food systems.


time: 13:30-14:30 / venue: francophonie pavilion

Building on what we know: cross-views on multi-stakeholder engagement for more effective NDCs for food security
Through French-speaking eyes, the proposed event will explore how governments can ensure more coordinated and comprehensive action at territorial, national and global levels on agriculture and climate. It will highlight three cases of pioneering multi-stakeholder climate actions (civil society, research, private sector, government) that enable countries to implement their climate commitments.


Time: 15:10-16:10 / Venue: 4th Capacity-building Hub (hybrid)

Transparency in agriculture and land use: learning from the countries
This session aims at giving a platform for counties and institutions that participated in capacity building activities to share their experiences, lessons learned and best practice, fostering peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing on the importance of capacity building and of strengthening national capacity to comply with Art13 of the Paris Agreement. The event will bring concrete examples of involving Youth, Academia and national stakeholders to build long-lasting capacity for sustainable change.


Time: 16:00-17:00 / Venue: UAE PAVILION

Science-policy interface for climate action
This UN led interagency event aims to underscore the importance of closing the divide between science and policy, highlight success and failure factors, and good practices for enhancing the effectiveness of these engagements/interfaces for evidence-informed policy and decision making in climate action. The case story of the UAE which has adopted a NetZero target by 2050 and put in place a string of policy measures that include significant emphasis on science, technology and innovation to achieve this target, and broader sustainable development goals will be highlighted.


Time: 17:00-17:40 / Venue: Climate action Area

Youth action: empowering local agripreneurs through international agreements
This session will highlight youth expertise in providing green and climate-resilient solutions to the challenges they face in agricultural systems. The collaboration between youth-led initiatives and international organizations for building capacity and empowering young leaders advanced the implementation of innovative solutions for climate action and agricultural adaptation.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General

Time: 8:30-9:30 / Venue: IDFC Pavilion (HYBRID)

The FAO tools NEXT and ABC-map to support the Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation (FAST) Initiative - AFD
This event aims at sharing the innovative environmental assessment tools, the Adaptation, Biodiversity and Carbon Mapping tool (ABC-Map, a google earth engine based tool) and the Nationally Determined Contribution Expert Tool (NEXT) developed to measure and track the sustainable transformation of the agriculture and food systems. These tools strengthen the support to climate finance actors in ensuring their commitments align with the Paris Agreement, and prioritize climate financial flow.


Time: 10:00-11:00 / Venue: WATER Pavilion

Multi-partner high-level panel: from science to policy and governance


Time: 11:30-12:30 / Venue: water Pavilion

Agriculture in water-scarce contexts


time: 11:30-13:00 / venue: hatshepsut

IPCC cross-chapter 5: Mountains - Sharing knowledge to promote adaptation initiatives in mountains
The latest IPCC report included a cross-chapter specific on mountain issues. Among other things, it discusses the importance of adaptation measures for fighting climate change in mountains. This side-event will look at these findings and discuss how to promote adaptation initiatives in mountains.


Time: 12:30-13:30 / Venue: IRENA PAVILION

Renewable energy for agrifood systems: mobilizing investments through cross-sector partnership
The event will convene key stakeholders to share insights from ongoing and planned initiatives, as well as forge new cross-sector partnerships with the aim of facilitating projects and investments in renewables within agri-food systems.


Time: 14.30-18:30 / venue: we mean business coalition pavilion

Investing in the global goal to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030: The critical role of business, subnational governments and Indigenous Peoples and local communities


Time: 15:00-16:00 / Venue: water and climate pavilion

Innovation, technology and digital agriculture
Water scarcity, innovation, technology, digital agriculture.


Time: 15:00–16:30 / Venue: Thutmose

Climate resilience in food systems: why act now
Climate Resiliency in Food Systems is key to obtain food security for the most vulnerable populations. At the same time, food systems have a significant impact on emissions, resource depletion and the welfare of ecosystems. The event will discuss ways to accelerate climate resilient food systems.

Panelist Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 15:45-16:45 / Venue: we mean business coalition pavilion

Feeding the world while preserving forests: Achieving agricultural supply chains decoupled from deforestation
The event will highlight existing commitments and ongoing initiatives but, most of all, explore options to put results at scale, leaving no one behind. It will address the following questions: how can we take a pragmatic approach to promoting uptake to address deforestation? What are the tools and resources which work – on responsible sourcing, supply chain due diligence, measuring and disclosing progress? How can partnerships be leveraged to bring change at scale?


Time: 16:00-17:00 / Venue: NORDIC PAVILION

New ways to protect the world's rainforests
How public-private partnerships can tackle deforestation.


Time: 16:30-17:30 / Venue: FOod and agriculture PAVILION

Pathways to dairy net zero: results and progress
This event will report on the progress being made on Pathways to Dairy Net Zero, a global climate initiative launched by the dairy sector last year and supported by FAO.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


time: 17:00-18:00 / venue: GLF Climate (online)

A turning point for drought management: upscaling the silvopastoral approach in the Near East North Africa region
What needs to be done - and who needs to do it - to implement Integrated Drought management through silvopastoral systems to ensure countries in the Near East North Africa (NENA) region are better prepared for drought?


TIME: 18:00-19:00 / VENUE: Food and agriculture pavilion

Carbon neutral and resilient agrifood systems
This session discusses carbon neutrality and resilience to shocks in local and global agri-food supply chains and systems through four perspectives: resilience and adaptation of agri-food systems; business and GHG emissions in supply chains; leveraging technology and innovation to reduce emissions.


Time: 19:30-21:00 / Venue: FOod and agriculture PAVILION

Building paths for transformation: the way forward for agriculture and the KJWA
There is an urgent need to identify avenues to facilitate climate finance flows to agriculture. This session aims to contribute to discussions on the design of possible strategies, opportunities and mechanisms for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions, as a way forward to the KJWA.

Time: 08:30-11:00 / Venue: blue zone, area e, meeting room 20

High-Level launch of the Presidency initiative: Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation Initiative
This session will feature the inauguration of the Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation (FAST) COP27 Presidency Initiative, in partnership with FAO and other stakeholders.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


TIME: 09:00-09:45 / VENUE: CANADA PAVILION

Voix du terrain pour la mise en œuvre des CDN: solutions locales pour un impact global / Farmers’ voices for implementing NDCs: local solutions for a global impact 
This event will give voice to civil society actors to share their contributions to climate action and the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity. Promising initiatives that have promoted the protection of ecosystems as a tool for adaptation and mitigation of climate change will first be presented, and a discussion on the role of policies and research to support local action and on possible avenues to take into account the key role of civil society will then follow.


Time: 10:00-10:45 / Venue: we mean business pavilion

Our food is on the table: accelerating the transition to resilient food systems
This session will demonstrate business leadership and scale in taking action on food systems transformation and climate action through explicit case studies on regenerative agriculture and NbS, food loss and waste, and shifting diets and nutrition.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 10:00-11:00 / Venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Food loss and waste reduction for a better climate
The event will showcase approaches and outline concrete recommendations to achieve FLW reduction and climate benefits within a sustainable agri-food systems context.


Time: 10:00-11:30 / Venue: water pavilion
Multi-stakeholder approaches to building resilience: science-based tools for adaptation
The aim of this session is to support mainstreaming and upscale resilience tools and approaches globally. The objectives of this session include: providing a snapshot of ongoing efforts by key organizations in building system resilience; highlighting available resilience tools and approaches (WRAF, CRIDA, NBS etc); a call to action around engaging with and supporting these initiatives.


Time: 10:00-12:00/ Venue: climate action area
Land use action event. Landscapes for life: demonstrating inclusive, just and resilient transformation of the land use sector
The event will motivate actors to expand and accelerate their impact by showing inspiring land use sector examples that enhance resilience, strengthen adaptation, halve emissions and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030.


time: 10:00-12:00 / venue: LGMA Pavillon and online

Feeding the city for healthy people, landscapes, and climate
Food systems account for up to 37% of global GHG emissions. As more than 70% of the world’s food is consumed in urban areas, cities are at the core of the problem. At the same time, city leaders have a key role to play in finding locally relevant solutions to growing social, economic and environmental challenges and in enhancing urban-rural linkages for greater resilience. Building on the global momentum for food system change, this event will explore the role of cities in driving food systems transformation in a multi-level governance context.

Speaker: Divine Njie, FAO Deputy-Director, Food Systems and Food Safety Division


time: 10:30-11:30 / venue: GLF climate (online)

TreesAdapt: trees and forests to adapt agriculture, land and people
The event will launch the new TreesAdapt partnership platform. TreesAdapt is CIFOR-ICRAF’s response with partners to the huge demand for climate change adaptation. It aims to be a one-stop for solutions on how to leverage forests, trees, and agroforestry to adapt agriculture, land, and people and to support countries and actors in cross-sectoral implementation. 


Time: 11:00-12:00 / Venue: blue zone, area E, meeting room 20

Koronivia joint work programme on Agriculture Ministerial Panel
This Ministerial Panel will focus on the Koronivia joint work on agriculture (KJWA), which requests the SBSTA and the SBI to jointly address issues related to agriculture, taking into consideration the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change.


Time: 11:30-12:30 / Venue: FoOd and agriculture PAVILIon

Digitalization of agrifood systems for global food security
The war in Ukraine has exacerbated global food security, which was already affected by climate change and two years of COVID-19 pandemic. To increase the security and resilience of global agrifood systems a renewed focus on increasing sustainable productivity across existing farmlands is needed. This is where digital technologies, especially mobile solutions, can help, and innovation in the agricultural sector is the key.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 12:30-14:00 / Venue: UN EGYPT PAVILIOn

Supporting transformative climate actions in agriculture and land in Egypt through SCALA
This side event features key stakeholders to discuss the programme’s activities and progress towards supporting adaptation planning and assessment in agriculture sub-sectors and other key sectors towards the development and implementation of Egypt’s National Adaptation Plan. These include stakeholders in the agriculture, land reclamation, water and irrigation, environment, and other sectors. Objectives: discussion of programme progress, challenges and lessons learnt; presentation on alignment with Egypt’s NAP, NDC and other long-term strategies (LTS); reflections from the global SCALA programme including lessons learnt and entry points from other countries of implementation.


Time: 13:00-14:00 / Venue: AFRICA PAVILION

Scaling up climate resilient and low carbon value chains through AFOLU sectors in Africa
The event will focus on the role of AFOLU sector, in particular agro-forestry, in addressing climate change and the role of climate finance and the private sector to scale up AFOLU activities in Africa. The event will be in French.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 13:00-14:00 / Venue: FOod and agriculture PAVILION

Climate-smart initiatives in small-scale aquatic food systems for sustainable healthy diets
This event will build on the UN Nutrition paper and highlight the importance of diverse aquatic foods, inclusive policy frameworks, and access to innovative climate-smart technologies for small-scale aquatic food producers in achieving the four betters – Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment, Better Life.


Time: 14:00-15:30 / Venue: climate action area
Implementation Lab on resilient and adaptive food systems
This event will introduce breakthrough innovations and policy approaches showing ways to address resilience and adaptation to climate change in food systems, and the co-benefits of reducing emissions, protecting biodiversity and environment, increasing productivity, improving diets, and addressing socio-economic dimension of the communities relying on food systems for their income.



time: 14:00-17:00 / Venue: tbc

High-Level launch of the Presidency Initiative on climate action and nutrition
The session will launch the COP27 Presidency Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (ICAN), in partnership with FAO, WHO and other UN agencies and partners. The initiative will aim to support Member States in delivering climate change adaptation and mitigation policy action which simultaneously improves nutrition and triggers transformative action to deliver healthy diets from sustainable agrifood systems.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 14:30-15:30 / Venue: Food and agriculture PAVILION

Unlocking climate finance for agrifood system transformation
This side event will showcase how FAO’s partnership with GCF and the GEF scales up climate finance for high-impact projects that promote green and climate-resilient agrifood systems. Speakers will draw from experiences in Côte d’Ivoire and South-East Asia where successful partnerships are transforming value chains so no one is left behind.

Welcome and opening remarks: Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


time: 14:30-15:30 / venue: idfc pavilion

Making the rural sector visible: climate-smart initiatives for adaptation and sustainability in the agricultural sector
This event will highlight current initiatives, projects, and programs in the rural sector which increase resilience towards climate change effects while diminishing GHG emissions and discuss their sustainability.


Time: 15:00-16:00 / Venue: CLIMATE mobility pavilion

Integrating human mobility and food security in NAPs and NDCs
The event aims at promoting a discussion among experts on how to improve the integration of human mobility in NAPs and NDCs and in climate change policies and programmes more in general. The event seeks also to raise visibility of the linkages between human mobility, rural livelihoods and climate change. The rural dimension is often overlooked in discussions related to climate mobility despite rural populations are most at risk of displacement and forced migration in the context of climate change.


Time: 15:30-17:30 / Venue: Italy Pavilion

Sustainable cold chains: the missing link for sustainable development
The triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste is accelerating, and the amount of food lost and wasted contributes to these crises. The lack of effective refrigeration is a major contributor to this problem. The event will discuss how sustainable food cold chains could avoid much of this loss and go a long way towards alleviating the crises, as well as discuss the need for a more holistic systems approach - in which policies, technologies, capacities and financing promote 'field to fork' connectivity through sustainable cold chain.


time: 16:00-17:00 / venue: GLF (online)

Forests and trees for transformational adaptation
FAO is collaborating with partners to enhance the role of forests and trees in climate change adaptation policy and action. This session will highlight a new FAO technical paper that discusses the policy implications of a set of principles for leveraging forests and trees for transformational adaptation.


Time: 16.00-17.30/ Venue: United Nations in Egypt Pavilion 
Sustainable agriculture for resilient rural communities in Egypt
The objective of this event is to present a study conducted for identifying and documenting agricultural interventions and practices in Egypt that contribute to climate-smart agriculture pillars for building more resilient agrifood system and reflect on the results.

Time: 18:30-20:00 / Venue: amon

The role of gender equality for a just, sustainable and climate resilient energy transition
The joint event by UNIDO, UN WOMEN, WFP and FAO explores the nexus dimensions of climate action (SDG13), sustainable energy (SDG7), gender equality (SDG5), health (SDG3), food security (SDG2) and discusses the role of women’s multi-level leadership for a just and climate resilient Energy Transition.

time: 09:00-10:30 / venue: UN pavilion

Investing in rural women for effective water management and climate change adaptation: a win-win solution for the Egyptian agriculture
This session aims to reiterate the importance of integrating a gender dimension in the Egyptian climate and water agenda, sharing evidence, experiences, and lessons learned from past and ongoing work from different organizations and institutions. The event will bring together representatives from the government, the National Council of Women, the UN system, and the civil society through WeCaN Community of Practice, to explore the complex linkages between climate change adaptation, effective water management and gender equality. In particular, the session aims to highlight how empowering rural women in the Egyptian agriculture and water sector can - and should - go hand in hand with climate change adaptation efforts.


Time: 10:00-11:00/ Venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Official launch of the new FAO Strategy on Climate Change 2022-2031
The high-level event will present FAO’s new Strategy on Climate Change, and stakeholders’ perspectives.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


time: 10:00-11:45 / venue. Tajikistan pavilion

Roadmap for 2025: International Year of Glaciers


Time: 13:15-14:45 / Venue: hatshepsut

Climate threats and opportunities in the Horn of Africa
A 5th failed rainy season in the Horn is imminent making for long-term socio-economic disruption and acute food and water shortages. Transformational adaptation is urgent and must happen alongside emergency aid. This session explores ways to limit humanitarian risk and build resilience in the region.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 14:00-15:00 / INTernational chamber of commerce pavilion

Keeping 1.5°C alive through growing the climate smart forestry based bio-economy
Half of the dry weight of timber is carbon and therefore forest products in all shapes and forms are the best friends climate mitigation has. To keep 1.5°C alive, we need to use more timber in construction, more forest based fibre in packaging to replace plastics, more sustainably sourced cellulose in a vast range of products from bio fuels to clothing to car parts and even pharmaceuticals. Sustainable supply therefore needs to keep pace with demand.


time: 14:00-15:30 / venue: virtual ocean pavilion

Addressing the nexus - integrating poverty reduction and climate change adaptation in the context of SIDS
This live panel session with speakers from the Caribbean and Pacific explores recent action and new learning course on climate change and poverty nexus and on social protection tools and instruments to build the resilience of fisheries in the face of climate change while maintaining livelihoods of vulnerable coastal communities and safeguarding local production of aquatic foods.


Time: 15:00-16:30 / Akhenaten

Accelerating climate adaptation in agriculture – A Youth perspective
A multistakeholder dialogue addressing the biggest challenges African youth smallholder farmers are facing in adapting to climate change. Global leaders and young African agripreneurs exchange on innovative & just solutions in their local communities.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAo Deputy Director-General


Time: 15:00-16:30 / Venue: osiris

Zero Hunger: technological innovation for resilient, restorative, and efficient agri-food systems
The urgent crises of rising hunger caused by impacts of climate change, conflict and the pandemic stand to have effective solutions through a focused pursuit of transforming agri-food systems. Political leadership, innovation, finance, and local drivers of change are key to increase resilience.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAo Deputy Director-General


Time: 16:00-17:00 / Venue: Food and agriculture pavilion

Farmers as soil carbon stewards
Agriculture, and in particular agricultural soils, can play a crucial role in food security and climate change. Regenerative agriculture has great potential to store carbon in the ground and restore healthy ecosystems, while improving the livelihood of farmers. Supporting farmers to shift from conventional practices to organic and biodynamic agriculture has succeeded in increasing their standard of living, especially after introducing the Economy of Love carbon credits.


Time: 16:00-17:30 / Venue: virtual ocean pavilion - live day on aquatic food

Towards net-zero in the aquatic food sector: decarbonization pathways for climate-neutral diets
This event aims to initiate a conversation between institutions, the fisheries and aquaculture industry, technology providers and civil society to pave the way for potential decarbonization pathways in the aquatic food sector.


time: 16:45-18:15 / Venue: AKHenaten

Enhancing climate action through peatlands
The session will demonstrate how countries have integrated, enhanced, and are implementing peatland-related climate commitments, in particular those contained in NDCs. An FAO report “Peatlands and climate planning” will be launched with partners. Examples of cases from different regions will be presented, highlighting good practices and lessons learned.

Speech by Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, FAO

time: 08:30-09:30 / Venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Strengthening climate action in agriculture through regional integration
Share results of the Platform for Climate Action in Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, PLACA, to highlight the importance of this regional collaborative mechanism to support ministries of agriculture to achieve sectoral climate commitments under the implementation of the Paris Agreement.


time: 10:00-11:00 / venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Unlocking multi-stakeholder collaboration for transformative agrifood systems through NDCs and NAPs
The event will highlight country experiences and needs in planning, financing and implementing climate solutions through systems-thinking in NDCs and NAPs. Discussions will emphasize the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration to harness the potential of agrifood systems with examples from Africa.


Time: 12:30-13:30 / Venue: Water pavilion and online

Water for Biodiversity and nature based solutions
This session will explore the need for improved climate forecasting and outlooks to improve agricultural planning and resilience. It will use this topic as an entry point into the use of meteorological data and analysis to help the restoration of agricultural systems that can better adapt to climate change through landscape planning, the inclusion of nature-based solutions in agricultural water management, and the potential for more sustainable agricultural production systems that use water better, restore ecosystem services and store carbon.


Time: 13:00-14:00 / Venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Integrating climate, agriculture, energy and water for sustainable development
The food, energy and water nexus is at the heart of climate action and sustainable development. In this session, panellists from governments, business and research, with UN agencies, will share perspectives on integrated resource planning and management for sustainable climate-resilient development.


time: 14.30-15:30 / venue: FOod and agriculture pavilion

Climate risks to water resources for food security: linking global, regional and national responses
With agrifood sectors as one of the main users of water, climate change poses a serious threat to places around the world already faced with water scarcity and drought.


Time: 15:00-16:30 / Venue: UN egypt pavilion

Sustainable agriculture for resilient rural communities in Egypt
Presenting a study conducted for identifying and documenting agricultural interventions and practices in Egypt that contribute to climate-smart agriculture pillars for building more resilient agrifood system.

time: 08:30-09:30 / venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Indigenous Peoples and producer organizations upscaling biocentric climate action
Indigenous Peoples and Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) will share more information about their holistic food, knowledge, and territorial management systems, the Indigenous Peoples’ biocentric approach, and their contribution to ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation. The event will focus on how to support farmers organizations and Indigenous Peoples to accelerate climate action.


time: 10:00-11:00 / venue: Food and agriculture pavilion

Can nature-based solutions create the necessary resilience for ecosystems and communities in the Sahel’s Great Green Wall?
Join us for a lively discussion highlighting the potential of nature-based solutions to increase resilience and harness finance for the Great Green Wall. The session is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Agroforestry and the World Economic Forum's Trillion Trees initiative (1t.org) and will showcase applications of nature-based solution approaches helping to restore the Sahel and address food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss.



Time: 10:00-12:00 / Venue: CLIMATE action area
Oceans and coastal zones action event:  ocean for climate – implementing ocean-based climate action to build coastal adaptation and resilience


time: 10:30-11:30 / venue: pavillion of the commission climat du bassin du congo

Gestion durable des tourbières: la vision des pays du Bassin du Congo et opportunités de collaboration
This event, developed by FAO in collaboration with UNEP and the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin (Republic of the Congo),  aims at discussing the Congo Basin’s vision for the sustainable management of its peatlands and identifying political and technical opportunities for collaboration.


time: 13:00-14:00 / Venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Just transition in the agricultural sector: social protection as a pathway for sustainable and inclusive climate actions in agri-food systems
The event brings together policymakers, civil society, trade unions, practitioners, and researchers to discuss pathways for a Just Transition in the agricultural sectors, how to enhance sustainable and inclusive climate actions in food systems and why social protection can be leveraged to make climate actions in agrifood systems more inclusive and effective. It will provide a forum for sharing evidence, policy insights, and programmatic approaches.


Time: 14:30-15:30 / Venue: FoOd and agriculture Pavilion

Forest-Climate solutions: leveraging forests and trees for climate stability and food security
This event will highlight the key role of forests and trees in simultaneously supporting climate stability and food security through the launch of three complementary publications by FAO and partners.


Time: 15:30–16:30/ Venue: NDC Partnership Pavilion

Fostering long-term collaboration and increased climate ambition in the AFOLU sectors: NDC Partnership initiatives as a stepping stone to success 
The objective of this event is to showcase how NDC Partnership initiatives are fostering long-term collaborations among NDC Partnership members, leading to increased climate ambition and action in the agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sectors. Speakers will present the main lessons learned and outcomes from the NDC enhancement and implementation process, including results from the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) initiative, and demonstrate how these have set the stage for further engagement, enabling access to financial and technical capacities as well as knowledge needed by countries to realize their ambitions.


time: 16:00-17:00 / venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Agriculture against climate change
Collaborations between civil society organizations and holistic rural development improve the livelihood of people and resilience against climate change. Agriculture, and in particular agricultural soils, can play a crucial role in food security and climate change. Regenerative agriculture has a great potential to store carbon in the ground and restore healthy ecosystems, while improving the livelihood of farmers. Supporting farmers to shift from conventional practices to organic and biodynamic agriculture succeeded in increasing their living standard especially after introducing the Economy of Love - EoL carbon credits.


Time: 19:00-20:00 / Venue: FOod and agriculture Pavilion

Decoupling agriculture from deforestation: win-wins for climate, livelihoods and food security
The event will feature high-level interventions and evidence-based practices from countries and key international actors for agriculture-forestry win-win opportunities that directly contribute to climate change mitigation and resilient landscapes for food security and livelihoods.

Time: 08:30-09:30 / venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Nutrition-sensitive and climate-smart agrifood systems: tools and options to move to implementation
This event will describe efforts linking nutrition and climate action in practice with a focus on agrifood system transformation.  FAO and partners will highlight innovative tools and mechanisms to bring the ambition of nutrition-sensitive, climate-smart agrifood systems to action.


Time: 10:00-11:00 / Venue: tajikistan pavilion

FAO's support in enhancing of the climate reporting under the Paris Agreement: the case of Central Asia region
The objective of the side event is to support countries in the region to improve their understanding and knowledge about the Enhanced transparency Framework (ETF), and support them enhancing the institutional frameworks and preparation of their first Biennial Transparency Report (BTR).


Time: 11:30-13:30 / Venue: food and agriculture pavilion

City region food systems: strengthening resilience against multiple shocks and stresses
The event calls on cities and partners to take a territorial systems and circular approach to building food resilience. In a panel setting, cities and practitioners will discuss transformative solutions, initiatives from partner organizations, and insights from a recent global study from FAO.


Time: 13:15-14:45 / Venue: Akhenaten

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Enhancing Action on Climate and Implementation of the SDGs
The event will discuss how the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework could support climate change adaptation and mitigation, and accelerate progress on key SDGs, through global collaboration, integrated approaches and inclusion of all stakeholders.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


Time: 14:00-14:55 / Venue: Moana Blu Pacific Pavilion

Enhancing climate resistance of SIDS coasts, communities and ecosystems
This event will launch new climate data and findings of studies commissioned by FAO on climate change concerning SIDS and discuss climate solutions for fisheries, aquaculture and other ocean economies in SIDS.


Time: 14:00–15:30 / Venue: WMO-IPCC-MERI Pavilion

Strengthening traditional knowledge of endangered agricultural systems
This side event, jointly organized by WMO, FAO and UNESCO, focuses on the role of traditional environmental knowledge in promoting agricultural transformation and adaptation to climate change. It looks at how smallholder farmers perceive and act upon increasing weather extremes using inherited knowledge and climate-resilient practices. The session aims at strengthening the understanding of how future climate will affect agricultural adaptation and cultural norms linked to endangered agricultural systems and how weather-informed agricultural services could support and accelerate climate resilience in these systems.


Time: 15:00-16:30 / Venue: Hatshepsut

High-Level Dialogue of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests: Turning the tide on deforestation
Leaders of the UN agencies and other CPF members will outline their enhanced ambition and individual/joint actions to accelerate efforts in support of the global commitments on forests.

Speech by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General


TIME: 16:00-17:00 / venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Assessing climate risks and opportunities in SIDS coasts, communities and ecosystems
This event will launch new climate data and findings of studies on climate change in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and discuss climate solutions for coastal areas and ocean economies in SIDS.


Time: 18:30-20:00 / Venue: Hatshepsut

Bringing mountains to the forefront by leveraging the International Year of Mountains 2022
Organized in the framework of the Mountain Partnership, this side-event will discuss how to leverage the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022 to bring mountains to the forefront of international processes and, in particular, to the plenary discussion of future COPs.


Time: 19:00-20:00 / Venue: food and agriculture Pavilion

Inclusive digital climate-smart technologies: how to have small-scale farmers on board
Climate-smart technologies can only help fight climate change if they are embraced by small-scale farmers. Most digital solutions are scalable and profitable especially for big farms. Our panelists will discuss how digital solutions can be designed and made available in more inclusive ways.

time: 08:30-09:30 / Venue: Food and agriculture pavilion

Sustainable and circular bioeconomy in the climate agenda: opportunities to transform agrifood systems
This event will raise awareness on circular bioeconomy opportunities to transform agrifood systems and accelerate implementation of climate action. It will include global perspectives, country examples, and the voices of stakeholders on the ground. The outcome will be a call for enhanced climate ambition with the sustainable use of biological resources and innovations across economic sectors.


time: tbc / venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Anticipatory actions


Time: 10:00-11:15 / Venue: who pavilion

Integrating the environment into One Health
This side event will be composed of a high-level panel with speakers from international organizations, academia, and governments to have a discussion on how environmental challenges such as climate change can be tackled from a One Health perspective. The discussion will also delve into AT6 of the OH JPA, focusing on how the environmental sector can be better integrated into One Health implementation.


time: 11:30-12:30 / venue: food and agriculture pavilion

Scaling up disaster and climate risk management actions to prevent food crisis
The event highlights the main drivers of food insecurity driven by extreme events, conflicts, and socio-economic shocks and disturbances and explores ways to build inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for all, through scaling up disaster and climate risk management actions. The moderated discussion will focus on concrete tools and actions to tackle the increasing impacts of disasters including climate-related and protracted nature of food crises on the most vulnerable and their communities.

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