COP26 | Selected Food Systems Side Events

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Event details

Date
31 Oct - 12 Nov 2021
Organizer
United Nations
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Thousands of government delegates and people from civil society, business and the media will gather to advance climate action. The world will be watching and demanding that national leaders rise to the moment, given the mounting climate crisis and far-reaching consequences for a livable future. Science confirms we have reached a “code red” for our world. 

There will be a series of side events taking place throughout the period during which the summit takes place and we've identified a selection of food systems and agriculture focussed sessions below which we believe are most relevant and of interest to our community and network:

November 3 (4-5.30 pm Glasgow time) - From the ground up: soil health for climate change mitigation, resilience and food system transformation

Format: in person / hybrid

Location: WWF Panda Pavilion

Summary: Despite the multiple proven benefits that improved soil health provides, for food security, carbon sequestration and climate resilience, significant challenges remain in advancing action on the ground.

This event will highlight the perspectives of different actors on soil health, how they are taking action to contribute, and the impacts that their soil-focused work is having for productivity, climate, nature and people.

It will also highlight some of the key gaps and challenges that need to be overcome, and showcase a burgeoning imitative borne out of the UN Food Systems Summit process: the Coalition of Action for Soil Health (CA4SH), that will bring actors together to mobilize investment and strengthen the enabling environment for soil health to help simultaneously meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 and Land Degradation Neutrality targets.

November 5 (2:45 -4:pm Glasgow time) - Science, Policy and Practice: Connecting the dots to shape climate-smart food systems

Format: virtual

Summary: The gap between science and implementation has been a key deterrent to shape climate-smart food systems, efforts are urgently needed to address this gap. In this event, findings from recent evidence on this gap from the public and private sectors, as well as perspectives from key stakeholders will be shared. Following these interventions, the role of science in addressing these gaps and current challenges to improve linkages will also be articulated. These interventions will be interspersed with discussions with the audience on the way forward. The event will close with the launch of a new ‘think and do tank’ for food and climate to address the gap between science and implementation.

November 5 (4:45-6pm Glasgow time) – Bridging the Science-Policy Gap for Impactful, Demand-Driven Food Systems Innovation

Format: virtual

Summary: This event will seek to raise the bar for more collaborative, action-oriented research and innovation for food systems, driving transformations for people, nature and climate, in line with the COP26 campaign on Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate.

November 6 (12:00-1:30pm Glasgow time) – Launch of the Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture

Format: in person

Location: UK Pavilion

Summary: This event will launch the Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture, as an outcome of the global campaign on ‘Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate’ co-chaired by CCAFS and the UK FCDO, and taking forward the work of the UNFSS coalition on nature-positive innovation.

November 8 (1-2pm Glasgow time) – Mobilising private sector engagement for climate-smart agricultural innovation

Format: in person / hybrid

Location: EU Pavilion

Summary: This event will explore how mobilising private sector engagement can foster agricultural innovation for people, nature and climate based on approaches such as climate-smart agriculture. Speakers from the industry, policy and development sphere will discuss how to drive increased investment, engagement and collaboration to shift the dial on agricultural innovation – in line with the EU Green Deal.

November 8 (10-11am Glasgow time)– Digital Climate Advisory Services: bridging the divide between science, policy and practice

Format: in person / hybrid

Location: EU Pavilion

Summary: Hosted on the adaptation, loss and damage day, the event will seek to articulate the roles linking science to action through digital technologies and innovation in support of the Presidency’s campaign on Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate. It will take stock of the Blueprint for Climate Informed Digital Advisory Services and the Digital Agri Hub.

November 8 (11:30-12:15 Glasgow time)– Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate: A Global Action Agenda

Format: in person / hybrid

Location: Lomond Auditorium

Summary: During this event, governments, the private sector, research and farmer organisations will highlight the key steps they wish to take individually and collectively to close the agricultural ‘innovation gap’ and reach our ambitions in climate action as part of the Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture.

November 9 (1:15-2:15pm Glasgow time) – Fostering agricultural innovation for people, nature and climate in Africa

Format: virtual

Summary: This event will explore how to scale investments and innovations to address climate change in African agriculture through both the public and private sector action, in line with the COP26 campaign on Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate. It will interrogate how such action can ensure that the most vulnerable smallholders, in particular women, aren’t left behind. 

November 9 (1:15-2:15pm Glasgow time) – Accelerating the Transition to Sustainable Food Systems – Progress Since COP25

Format: virtual

Summary: This event is co-organised by EAT and the UNFCCC Secretariat to share knowledge and innovative solutions for shifting to healthy diets from sustainable food systems; build awareness around the climate-food-health nexus, including the important roles of biodiversity; share about the progress made through the UN Food Systems Summit; highlight key areas of action moving forward; and to encourage reflection about our relationship with food, our food choices, and their impacts on the health of people and planet.