Friday capped off two weeks of conversations, high-level meetings and more than 70 events at the first-ever official Food and Agriculture Pavilion at COP27. Throughout the COP, the Pavilion served as a busy hub for the agrifood systems community, working to raise awareness of how these systems are impacted by the climate crisis, and why they can, and must, be part of the solution.
The discussions that took place in the Pavilion—and the commitments made in Pavilion meetings and events, as well as other fora outside the Pavilion—reflect a growing awareness of the importance of agrifood systems in climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. But as we look towards an increasingly uncertain future for planet and people, particularly for vulnerable smallholder farmers, we will need to work harder to ensure that they are centered in climate negotiations and action.
Below, find highlights from the final day of the COP, as well as videos, photos and related news.
On the final day of COP27, pavilion co-hosts, partners and stakeholders:
- Raised awareness of circular bioeconomy opportunities to transform agrifood systems and accelerate implementation of climate action, and called for enhanced climate ambition on the sustainable use of biological resources and innovations across economic sectors. Learn more.
- Discussed how to strengthen the resilience of food systems and innovative interventions, including anticipatory actions, to reduce both climate and conflict threats, which affect the food security of millions of people worldwide. Learn more.
- Highlighted the main drivers of food insecurity driven by extreme events, conflicts, and socio-economic shocks and disturbances, and explored concrete tools and actions to scale up disaster and climate risk management actions. Learn more.
- Examined concrete food systems solutions to achieve a “climate resilience peace,” recognizing the role of climate as a “threat multiplier” that jeopardizes the efficacy of national efforts to improve resilience capacities and achieve SDGs, especially in fragile settings. Learn more.
Reel of the day
Videos and photos
Watch recordings and see photos from the events on November 18. You can also visit the COP27 Food and Agriculture Pavilion YouTube playlist to see all recordings from the Pavilion.
Beyond the Pavilion
- COP27 negotiations continue through the weekend. Latest draft decision text reaffirms the 1.5C target, calling for deep, rapid emission cuts, but neglects to mention a funding facility for loss and damage (UN News, National Review, The Guardian, The Hill, Seattle Times, Reuters). Read more here, here, here, here, here, and here.
- US, Spain, and Norway initiate program to improve weather forecasting in lower-income countries and small island states to help people prepare for extreme weather events (New Scientist). Read more.
- Ghanaian youth representative Nakeeyat Dramani Sam spoke of direct impacts of climate talks on people, calling for loss and damage funds (Associated Press). Read more.
- The EU supports a loss and damage funding mechanism, putting pressure on emerging economies [like China] to contribute as well (The Guardian). Read more.
- Australia backs the proposed loss and damage fund as a means to maintain the 1.5C target (The Guardian). Read more.
- US fails to back the creation of a new loss and damage fund, spurring criticism (The Guardian). Read more.
- Draft political decision calls on reform of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international financial institutions (IFIs) (Bloomberg). Read more.
- Barbados puts forward a plan to overhaul development lending and give voice to developing nations struggling with climate damage debt (PBS). Read more.
- Advocates express concern that women are underrepresented at COP27 (Council on Foreign Relations). Read more.
- Indigenous representatives – Big Wind, Jacob Johns, Jamie Wefald, and Angela Zhong – shamefully silenced at COP27 (The Guardian). Read more.