Executive Director, GAIN
COP28 will be GAIN's third COP, and our first as an accredited NGO. At COP27, we participated in two key sessions on the Presidency programme (including the official high-level launch of the Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition and a roundtable session on food security and climate), as well as a wide range of events in the Food Systems Pavilion, Food4Climate Pavilion, Food and Agriculture Pavilion, and other pavilions where food systems were featured. Highlights included the Food Systems Pavilion plenary event on nutrition and climate, and a side-event with the Government of Bangladesh and ICCCAD at the Bangladesh Pavilion.
We published a wide range of blogs and articles (all of which can be found on the GAIN@COP27 web page) and participated in media interviews and press conferences, all seeking to highlight the various ways in which climate and nutrition are linked - and how climate action can improve nutrition outcomes. We also co-signed a joint letter from the Food Systems Pavilion calling for stronger commitment to food systems transformation in the Koronivia negotiations, as they threatened to stall.
During our two weeks at COP27, we had the opportunity to meet many colleagues and partners, notably at the Eat4Change Dinner co-organised by WWF, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, the Rockefeller Foundation and GAIN. And we established new relationships with the UAE Presidency ahead of COP28, meeting officials at for a consultation and dinner event on the sidelines of the conference.
Road to COP28
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Building on the progress made for food systems at COP27, the last year has been a busy one for GAIN and partners. The UAE Presidency has been highly engaged in organising a strong food agenda at COP28, resulting in the first formal Food Day on the official programme.
Throughout the year, GAIN (along with many other partners) has given significant input into the Presidency's strategic planning, attending workshops in Abu Dhabi and participating in various consultations. GAIN supports the Presidency Initiatives planned for COP28 and will play an active role in promoting them and delivering on the objectives.
GAIN and partners also provided multiple submissions to the Sharm El Sheikh Joint Work on Implementation of Climate Action on Agriculture and Food Security, with a view to influencing the negotiating agenda at COP28.
GAIN also had a presence at Africa Climate Week, the African Food Systems Forum, New York Climate Week / UNGA, CFS, the World Food Prize, the Micronutrient Forum, and Asia-Pacific Climate Week.
GAIN Strategy for COP28
GAIN's Environment programme focuses on the two-way relationship between food systems and the environment. Food systems are a driver of environmental harm, and also a victim of climate change and the degradation of our natural ecosystems. To learn more about these linkages, please take a look at our Environment-Nutrition Infographic or watch our Interview Cruncher on Climate Change, Nutrition and Food Security. Our focus at COP27 was to highlight the importance of this two-way relationship to promote integrated action to achieve multiple outcomes across human and planetary health.
We will bring a similar message to COP28. Whereas last year we joined a global call to action, this year we will shift our focus to country-level implementation.
Firstly, the Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition addresses multiple ways in which interventions can be designed to benefit both climate and nutrition at national level. For example, it considers integration of nutrition in NDCs, NAPs, and other key climate policies - and, on the reverse, the integration of climate in key nutrition policies. This builds on the paper published in October 2023 about the current state of integration and opportunities to accelerate action.
Secondly, events at country pavilions offer the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders directly, as well as to share tangible examples of coherent action across food systems. Building on the success of last year's event at the Bangladesh Pavilion, we will seek further opportunities to engage with our national partners.
Thirdly, the official negotiations and the Presidency agenda on food systems present multiple entry points for country-level action, including the Leaders' Declaration, Alliance of Champions on Food, and the Sharm el Sheikh Joint Work on Implementation of Climate Action on Agriculture and Food Security. We will work with partners to amplify and support these initiatives, including in GAIN countries.
GAIN Events at COP28
Scroll through the list to discover all the events GAIN is leading and attending at COP28. Please also check out GAIN's work at COP27 and the initiatives we're building on here:
As well as our letter to the stakeholders of COP26.
If you have any questions you can contact Oliver Camp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The Great Food Debate||A debate on the role of animal-source foods and action required across production, consumption, and nutrition||ILRI, ProVeg||1.12.2023||10:00-12:00||Food4Climate Pavilion|
|I-CAN at the Egypt Pavilion||TBC||Government of Egypt||3.12.2023||10:00-10:45||Egypt Pavilion|
|Scaling up integrated actions to address malnutrition and climate change||Pavilion Event focusing on actions that can achieve co-benefits across nutrition and climate mitigation and adaptation.||FAO||3.12.2023||11:00 - 12:00||Food & Ag Pavilion|
|I-CAN at the Food Systems Pavilion||Presenting the integrated nutrition-climate agenda with a view to highlighting win-wins and opportunities in greater coherence.||CGIAR Nutrition, FOLU, FSP Partners||3.12.2023||TBC||Food Systems Pavilion|
|Building Climate-Resilient Health Systems through Partnerships like ATACH||High-level event with WHO, ATACH, IsDB, and Member States discussing climate-health interactions and the Alliance for Transformative Action on Food (which hosts the Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition).||WHO, FAO, OHCHR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA||4.12.2023||13:15-14:45||UNFCCC SE Room 5|
|Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition ATACH event||An event led by WHO on the Health Pavilion day focusing on the Alliance for Transformative Action on Health, showcasing the Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition.||WHO||4.12.2023||16:00-17:15||WHO Pavilion|
|Breakfast event on animal-source foods||A debate-style invitation-only event to address some of the challenging complexities and nuances around the role of animal-source foods in healthy and sustainable diets.||CGIAR, ILRI, SNV, FSP||6.12.2023||07:30-08:45||Food Systems Pavilion|
|UNFCCC Sustainable Food Systems Futures Event||An official UNFCCC side-event in partnership with Clim-Eat and the Government of Vietnam, discussing the sustainable food system of the future||Clim-Eat, GAIN, Government of Vietnam||6.12.2023||13:15-14:45||SE Room 8|
|Cities leading the way on sustainable food and climate||A Presidency event highlighting the essential role of cities in ensuring nutritious, safe, sustainable food for all||UAE Presidency, C40, ICLEI||6.12.2023||10:00-11:30||One of 4x Presidency spaces|
|GAIN-Government of Bangladesh Event: Climate change Adaptation in Bangladesh Agriculture and its financing||An event in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh on adaptation in agriculture and food systems||GAIN & Bangladesh MoA and MOEFCC||8.12.2023||13:30-16:00||Bangladesh Pavilion|
|Connecting Climate Action and Nutrition: Paving the Way to Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems||An event where I-CAN will feature as a part of efforts to link climate and nutrition||Healthy Diets Coalition, EDF, Nordic Council of Ministers||8.12.2023||15:00-16:00||EU Pavilion (online only)|
|Animal-source foods' contributions to healthy diets and sustainable food systems||A Pavilion event on animal-source foods and their impacts on health and the environment.||IICA. Protein PACT, RedFlag||08.12.2023||IICA Pavilion|
|Healthy and sustainable diets for nurturing people and planet||A WHO Pavilion event on healthy and sustainable diets, featuring I-CAN||WHO, Brazil, Switzerland/OPN SFS Programme, UN-Nutrition and WHO EURO||10.12.2023||09:30-10:45||WHO Pavilion|
|I-CAN at the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub||A fire-side chat format on nutrition-climate links at national level, framed around I-CAN||UNFCCC, FAO||10.12.2023||10:00-11:00||Global Innovation Hub|
|Sustainable Consumption, Diets, and FLW Presidency Event||A Presidency event on healthy and sustainable diets and food loss and waste, taking an urban view and linking to the effects on rural areas||UAE Presidency, TURFS||10.12.2023||10:30-12:00||One of 4x Presidency spaces|
|Accelerating Transformation at the Nutrition-Climate Nexus||A high-level Presidency event on the links between nutrition and climate, and opportunities to accelerate action by taking an integrated approach to both issues||UAE Presidency, GAIN, SUN||10.12.2023||13:00-14:00||Connect Conference, Green Zone|
|The role of livestock in meeting our global climate, food security and nutrition goals||A discussion on the challenges and benefits of livestock to climate and nutrition goals.|
Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Meat and Livestock Australia
|Tackling Micronutrient Malnutrition in a Warming World||A WHO Pavilion event on tackling micronutrient malnutrition through interventions including (but not limited to) fortification and biofortification||GAIN, SUN, UNICEF, WFP, MNF, ST4N, IFSBH||10.12.2023||15:15-16:30||WHO Pavilion|
|Food Systems & Healthy Diets for Climate Action||TBC||Nordic Council of Ministers with UN Coordination Hub||10.12.2023||16:45 - 17:30||Nordic Pavilion|
|Financing Nutrition for a Healthier Climate: The Power of Sustainable Diets|
An event in the Food and Agriculture Pavilion discussing the crucial issue of finance for healthier and more sustainable diets
|WHO||11.12.2023||17:00-18:00||Food & Ag Pavilion|
|Health, Food and Climate: A Systems Perspective||An official UNFCCC side-event on the interlinkages between food, health and climate||Finland, Nordic Council of Ministers, WHO||11.12.2023||18:30-20:00||SE Room 4, UNFCCC Pavilion|
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