La FAO alla COP26

La FAO alla Conferenza delle Nazioni Unite sui Cambiamenti Climatici COP26

Glasgow, 31 October – 12 November 2021


When world leaders gather for the United Nations United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) they will need to confront this hard fact: we only have nine planting seasons left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, particularly those aimed at protecting our environment, mitigating and adapting to climate change and ending hunger and poverty.

This in a context in which around 811 million people are undernourished.

Climate variability and extremes, conflict, and economic slowdowns and downturns, now exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, are major drivers of food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty. At the same time, agri-food systems contribute to and are affected by the impacts of the climate crisis, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss.

The challenge the world faces is to produce more food with greater socio-economic benefits and less impact on the environment.

Key to achieving this is green climate and resilient agriculture based on collaborative partnerships and underpinned by innovation, including digital technologies and indigenous and traditional knowledge, for more efficient, inclusive and sustainable agri-food systems.

To help drive this point home, at COP26 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring its expertise and experience to inform the discussions and help catalyse the urgent transformation needed, for agri-food systems to be part of the solution to the climate crisis.

At COP26, through presentations by its experts and the dissemination of its publications, FAO will outline how the organization works with its members and other partners to address the impacts of the climate crisis in the agricultural sectors.

FAO Director-General QU Dongyu will participate in a number of events, including:

Nov. 3 – Ambition from the Frontlines: Recognizing Champions with UNDP’s Climate Promise
Nov. 4 – Renewable energy for agri-food systems: towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement
Nov. 4 – Raising ambitions on climate action in the global dairy sector to achieve the Paris Agreement
Nov. 9 – Green and Climate Resilient Agriculture: Supporting action at global level and on the ground
Nov. 9 – Global Action Plenary Stage at the 12th Sustainable Innovation Forum hosted by Climate Action

A link to events led and co-led by FAO can be found here.

An overview of the full schedule of COP26 is available here.