The final thematic day of COP28 was also one of the busiest at the Pavilion, given its close alignment with the focus of the Pavilion. The day saw large crowds, energetic conversations, and engaging events, as issues around food systems continued to be prominent in news coming out of the negotiations, and the importance of the topic has become established in climate change discussions.
With the theme of the day aligning with the theme of the Pavilion, engaged audiences turned out for a particularly robust series of thought-provoking events:
- IFAD held an event that looked at innovative approaches to financing and private sector involvement. It brought together key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia, NGOs, and international organizations to explore effective strategies for financing food system transformation, focusing on the advantages of blended finance and private sector engagement. Learn more.
- FAO held an event that provided a space for exchange on system-level approaches to adaptation in agrifood systems, highlighting country achievements on the journey from planning NAPs and NDCs to implementing transformative action. It launched FAO’s latest collection of success stories on implementing solutions for climate change adaptation. Learn more.
- The Rockefeller Foundation hosted an event that introduced the Regenerative Food Systems Outcome Framework Zero Draft. The Framework is a holistic, consultative, and farmer- and landscape steward-centric set of measures being developed in consultation and dialogue with farmer organizations, indigenous organizations, landscape initiatives, academia, and businesses to best understand and reflect the changes that occur on farms and across landscapes over time. Learn more.
- CGIAR held an event that discussed pathways toward climate-friendly food systems, focusing on the role that alternative proteins and food waste reduction can play in achieving responsible consumption, and on genetic innovation, agroecology, and appropriate use of fertilizers for sustainable production. It also delved into the enabling environment needed to accelerate the uptake of these innovations, including existing barriers and the policy frameworks, incentives, and investment needed to remove them. Learn more.
Videos and photos
Watch recordings and see photos from the Pavilion on December 10. You can also visit the COP28 Food and Agriculture Pavilion YouTube playlist to see all recordings from the Pavilion.
Beyond the Pavilion
Co-host news and resources
- The COP28 Presidency, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank, CGIAR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have together announced the joint Agri-Food Sharm-El Sheikh Support Programme, a three-year support package to help countries unlock finance and support farmers, food producers, small agribusinesses and local communities (CGIAR, COP28). Learn more here and here.
- The Alliance of Champions for Food Systems Transformation (ACF) launched today, a group that’s being called the “high ambition coalition for food.” Members have pledged to strengthen national visions and food systems transformation pathways, inclusive of 10 priority action areas and consistent with science-based targets (The Guardian, ACF website). Read more here and here.
- FAO has launched its Global Roadmap for Agriculture report, the first time the UN has set out in detail how the world can achieve SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) without breaching the 1.5°C temperature threshold (The Guardian, FAO, WWF). Read more here, here and here.
- Draft text on the Global Goal on Adaptation has been published (The Hindustan Times, UNEP, draft text). Read more here, here and here.
- Nearly US$7 trillion of public and private finance each year supports activities that directly harm nature – 30 times the amount spent on nature-based solutions annually, UNEP’s latest State of Finance for Nature report revealed (UNEP). Read more here.
- Farming and food production around the world will suffer severe impacts from the climate crisis even if the world does manage to hold global temperature rises to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the US special envoy for global food security, Cary Fowler, said (The Guardian). Read more here.