6 July, 2017


Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA); Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

Partnering to scale up climate action by countries in the agricultural sectors

Thursday 6 July 2017 - 15:30-17:00
FAO premises - Sheikh Zayed Centre


The side event will bring together high-level speakers and attendees from FAO, partner organizations and countries, to launch the new FAO Strategy on Climate Change and discuss in particular the role of strategic partnerships in maximizing its impact on the ground through support to countries to implement the agriculture commitments of their NDCs. It will provide high visibility to the collaborative work to be undertaken by FAO and its partners in the coming years around the shared aim of firmly placing the food and agricultural sectors at the centre of the global response to climate change. The event will be an occasion to take stock of existing good practices in the field of partnerships on climate change, to bridge the high level objectives of the FAO Strategy on Climate Change and the technical work on the ground and to set a course for future collaboration. 

The side event will last 90 minutes and will start with a presentation of the FAO Strategy on Climate Change, followed by a panel discussion and an interactive session with the audience. In the panel discussion, existing partnerships around the agricultural sectors and climate change will highlight concrete results and lessons learnt, and new insights will be shared in view of developing additional strategic partnerships to further enhance the delivery on shared objectives. The interactive session will allow attendees to interact with the panelists and to provide their own views and experiences on partnerships. A moderator will facilitate both the panel and interactive session. A report of the event will be produced, and will serve as a resource to guide FAO’s partnerships on climate change going forward.


  • Opening remarks
    • RenĂ© Castro-Salazar, FAO Assistant Director-General Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department (CB);
    • Helena Molin Valdes, Head of Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
  • Presentation of FAO Strategy on Climate Change – Martin Frick, FAO Climate and Environment Division (CBC), Director
  • Panel discussion “The role of partnerships in implementing FAO Strategy on Climate Change
    • TabarĂ© Aguerre, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Uruguay on the CCAC-FAO-GRA collaboration on addressing enteric methane for food security and livelihoods
    • Hinrich Thoelken, Permanent Representative of Germany to FAO, WFP and IFAD on the newly launched NDC Partnership Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use (TBC)
    • Brigitte Collet, Ambassador of France for Climate Change Negotiations, Renewable Energy and Climate Risk Prevention on partnerships initiatives
    • George Oduro, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture of Ghana on synergies between GRA, CCAC and the NDC Partnership Thematic Working
    • Group on Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use; Takehiro Okubo, Director, International Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan on GRA
  • Interactive session with the audience 
  • Moderator - Hayden Montgomery, Special Representative of the Global Research Alliance (GRA)

Event contact

James Morris
Partnership & Programme Officer
James.Morris [at] unep.org

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