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High-Level Roundtables on Climate Action and Zero Hunger

14 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany

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SDG 2 The High-Level Roundtables on Climate Action for Zero Hunger took place on 11 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They were organized by the: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLOCAT); Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC); World Bank; Centre for International Forest Research (CIFOR); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); World Wildlife Fund (WWF); International Union for Conservation for Nature (IUCN); Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP); Global Resilience Partnership (GRP); and UN Environment.

The event included high-level opening and closing plenaries with heads of state, ministers and other high-level representatives. The event also included four round tables on: addressing climate change for a world free of hunger, malnutrition and poverty; food security and nutrition in SIDS in a changing climate; integrated landscapes for improved food security and nutrition; and climate resilient and low-emissions​ food systems.

Presenters emphasized the intrinsic linkages between meeting climate change goals and ending hunger goals (SDG 2), as well as the linkages between food security and health, development, ecosystem services, forestry and poverty. Many identified the challenges faced by SIDS in the context of climate change. Other topics addressed included uncertainty of climate impacts on food systems, exploring opportunities and requirements for reducing food insecurity and malnutrition, climate-resilient food systems, rural transport networks and low carbon agricultural production.

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L-R: Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, ESA; Semi Koroilavesau, Minister of Fisheries, Fiji; Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister, Tuvalu; Lucy Hockings, BBC; José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO; and Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia


Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister, Tuvalu

 

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO


Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, ESA

Semi Koroilavesau, Minister of Fisheries, Fiji

Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia



Roundtable: Addressing Climate Change for a World Free of Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty

L-R: Richard Betts, University of Exeter; Valquiria Lima, Vice-President, Brazilian Semiarid Articulation, Programme One Million Cisterns; Eric Soubeiran, Global Nature and Climate Director, Danone; René Castro, FAO; Patrick Caron, CIRAD High-Level Panel Expert; Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa; and Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of St. Lucia.

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa

Valquiria Lima, One Million Cisterns Programme

Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister, St. Lucia



Roundtable: Food Security and Nutrition in SIDS in a Changing Climate

A view of the room during the event


Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau

 

Herod Stanislas, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, St. Lucia



Roundtable: Integrated Landscapes for Improved Food Security and Nutrition

L-R: Walter Oyhantcabal, Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery, Uruguay; Eduardo Mansur, Director Land and Water Division, FAO; Mark Sadler, World Bank; Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia; Joan Carling, Co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group (IPMG) for Sustainable Development; Valentina Savastano, Vice-Chair, Committee on World Food Security; Rony Granado, National Forestry Institute, Guatemala; and Felipe Orellana, Guatemala

Eduardo Mansur, FAO

Joan Carling, Co-convenor of IPMG for Sustainable Development

Rony Granado, National Forestry Institute, Guatemala



Roundtable: Climate Resilient and Low Emission Food Systems

L-R: Bob Orr, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change; and David Howlett, Global Resilience Partnership


 

Participant asks a question

Jeremy Hill, Fonterra




Closing Plenary of the High Level Roundtables on Climate Action for Zero Hunger

L-R: Ankit Kawatra, Founder, Feeding India; René Castro, FAO, Lucy Hockings, BBC; Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22 President, Morocco; Inia Seruiratu, Fiji; and Aupito Su'a William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister for Courts and Justice, New Zealand


Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22 President, Morocco

René Castro, FAO

Aupito Su'a William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister for Courts and Justice, New Zealand