Climate action priorities in agriculture - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
12-13 December 2021

Climate action priorities in agriculture

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  • Cairo, Egypt

ESCWA, the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development, and the League of Arab States are organizing a workshop on Climate Action Priorities in Arab Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities, in Cairo on 12 and 13 December 2021.

The workshop aims to outline a roadmap for developing the capacity of regional experts to deal with climate change issues in the agriculture sector. Various means of implementation are being discussed to enable them to effectively address the effects of climate change on food security and agricultural development in the Arab region. Arab agricultural experts from ministries and national agricultural research centres are participating in the workshop. Discussions revolve around the various means of implementation and strategies put in place to address the impacts of climate change on the agriculture sector, the importance of their application in the region, and the challenges that must be considered when as they are applied.

Outcome document

- Develop national strategies and plans to deal with national changes, especially in the agriculture and water sectors (adaptation and mitigation). As well as cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of preparing reports related to national contributions.

- Coordination between all parties concerned with climate change at the national and regional levels. This is through the formation of an Arab platform or network for climate change to develop and exchange all information and agreements related to climate change agreements, projects and developments in the Arab region and to benefit from national and international Arab initiatives in the field of facing the effects of climate change, especially the initiatives of the Saudi Crown Prince and the United Arab Emirates initiative.

- Qualifying an Arab team from the Arab Ministries of Agriculture and urging countries to involve it and/or agricultural experts in the committees for the upcoming Conferences of Parties (COP) in the Arab region and preparing countries’ on Koronivia’s joint work on agriculture before the meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) and preparing an Arab scientific committee for Climate and agriculture

- Participation in the preparation of the draft negotiating text on Koronivia's joint work in the agricultural sector with a focus on adaptation and common benefits with mitigation with negotiators and heads of Arab working groups and other groups.

- Encouraging Arab countries to adopt modern technologies, especially smart farming techniques, and providing the necessary funding for small farmers to encourage them adopting them, while providing the necessary training to use them, especially for youth and women, due to their importance in overcoming the negative effects of climate changes on one hand, and good resource management, and encouraging young people to engage in climate action on the other hand, which will contribute positively to increasing incomes, reducing migration to urban areas and overcoming the problem of unemployment in the Arab countryside.

- Encouraging agricultural practices that contribute to mitigating and adapting to climate change in terms of water management, land management and the livestock sector

- Urging Arab financial institutions to provide the necessary funding to support special national and regional programs in adapting to climate changes, while emphasizing the right of countries to obtain international funding designated to overcome climate changes (climate funds).

In this session, experts presented the phenomenon of climate change and its impacts, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its work topics, Koronivia's joint work on agriculture from an Arab regional perspective, and the Arab strategy for negotiating climate change affairs.

Two presentations were provided simultaneously on: 1- the assessments of countries' financial needs to achieve the sustainable development goals were presented, and 2- dealing with the mobilization of financial resources directed to climate finance in the agricultural sector.

Three presentations were given on the best practices, innovations and technologies to guide climate action for resilient and sustainable agricultural systems.

Different presentations were presented on enhancing the resilience and sustainability of the agricultural sector in the Arab region, the most important results of the Arab dialogues related to transforming and improving food systems towards resilient systems capable of responding to climate changes. As well as, the Arab Strategy for Sustainable Agricultural Development 2020-2030, and at the end, the representatives of the countries presented their experiences in the field of transforming the agricultural sector into a flexible and sustainable one.

A discussion on the recommendations that allow countries developing the capabilities of a working group specialized in the issues of the effects of climate change on food security and agricultural development.

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