The United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), CGIAR & The Rockefeller Foundation announced today that they will host the official Food & Agriculture Pavilion at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) to be held from 6 to 18 November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. This marks the first time that such a pavilion has been set up COP.
As world leaders gather for COP27, communities around the world are grappling with the compounded impacts of a global pandemic, growing pressures from the climate crisis, high energy & fertilizer prices, & protracted conflicts, which have disrupted production & supply chains & dramatically increased global food insecurity, especially for the most vulnerable.
Some 193 million people faced crisis or worse levels of acute food insecurity across 53 countries or territories in 2021 undermining decades of progress, according to the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises.
Set against this backdrop, the official Food & Agriculture Pavilion will put the transformation of agrifood systems at the heart of the COP agenda for the first time as an important part of the solution to the climate crisis.
Endorsed by the UN System & located in the “Blue Zone”, the Pavilion will bring together community leaders alongside government, philanthropic, youth & academic partners. The aim is to advance a shared understanding of the most pressing food & agriculture issues facing people & planet & share knowledge & innovative solutions.
A rich programme of events will showcase innovative solutions to help countries take effective climate action to protect agri-food systems.
QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, said: “We are proud to have our first ever Food & Agriculture Pavilion at COP27, which is timely with the launch of the two new thematic FAO Strategies on Climate Change, & on Science & Innovation, to be implemented in synergy. The Pavilion will convene local, national, & global actors including farmers & youth to seek solutions for transforming agrifood systems to make them more efficient, inclusive, resilient & sustainable, & ensuring that no one is left behind in our efforts to eradicate hunger & malnutrition.”
Claudia Sadoff, Executive Managing Director, CGIAR said: “Supporting the transformation of food, land & water systems in a climate crisis is CGIAR’s mission & the stakes have never been higher. Millions more people are on the brink of food insecurity & threats to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers are increasing. We are honored to collaborate with FAO & The Rockefeller Foundation to ensure that these important issues are firmly on the agenda of this year’s COP.”
Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, said, “Climate change is a singular threat to humanity, & we cannot fully address it without building equitable, resilient, & sustainable food systems that nourish both people & planet. Good ideas & actions for transforming our food systems can come from anyone, & we are proud to support a space where knowledge can be shared.”
The 250m2 Pavilion includes a conference room, a meeting room for delegations & an office for bilateral meetings, as well as a Fairtrade stand providing free low carbon & organic tea & coffee. Using state-of-the-art digital & interactive technology, Pavilion will allow delegates, participants & media to browse & download information on projects & programmes developed by FAO, CGIAR & The Rockefeller Foundation.
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