Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
Achieving food security and combating climate change are closely linked and interdependent. Climate-smart approaches can increase agricultural productivity and farmers’ income; strengthen the resilience (adaptation) of ecosystems and livelihoods; and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Through an intervention, Mr Christian Blondin from WMO insisted that the timely availability and expert use of climate information that would be delivered by the GFCS is a major enabling and key success factor for supporting the climate-smart agriculture in its three pillars: sustainable food productivity, climate resilient strategies, and decreasing the GHG footprint of agriculture. In answering our question on how to improve the delivery of climate information to those who needed the most, e.g. the vulnerable individuals and communities at local level, the panellists stressed the importance of climate services being developed through advanced dialogue between the WMO community - NMHSs, research, etc - and end-users within strong partnership between WMO and FAO, WFP and others.
Contact Group on Research and Systematic Observation
The first meeting of Contact Group on Research and Systematic Observation was chaired by Mr Stefan Rösner from Germany, on Tuesday. The meeting discussed systematic observation aspects of climate activities and the contribution of GCOS to the UN Convention on Climate Change. The Contact Group has drafted a proposal for approval of COP 18 and supported the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
Launch of the COP 17/CMP 7 Presidency Legacy Project Thuto Ya Batho Women and Climate Change
From left to right: Ms Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary-General of WMO, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, COP 17 President, Mr J. Lengoasa, Deputy Secretary-General of WMO
The day of 27 November was dedicated to gender and climate. An event was moderated by the UNFCCC Secretariat to launch the COP 17/CMP 7 Presidency legacy by South Africa. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attyia, COP 18 President, highlighted the magnitude of the challenges ahead. Noting the role of women in addressing climate change, he expressed his admiration for Maite Nkoana- Mashabane, COP 17 President, and his hope in continuing the work that she and other women have accomplished. WMO Assistance Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General were attending this event and signing ceremony of the book. Mashabane emphasized the significance of the book titled “Thuto ya Batho,” regarding the leading role of women in adapting to the effects of climate change around the world. Mashabane stressed that the book is an inspiration to those who have lost hope and is a testament to the heroic contributions women are making in affected areas around the world. Indicating women’s ingenuity and leadership in their role as agents of social change, she highlighted the importance of nurturing that spirit and unifying their efforts with other movements around the world.
Climate: Improving Knowledge and Addressing Societal Needs
Earth Observations for Climate Science and Services: WMO co-sponsored programmes, Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) convened a side event in partnership with the European Commission (EC) in its Pavilion on 27 November 2012, at the COP-18 in Doha, Qatar. The Programmes provided an overview of their recent accomplishment and future challenges and opportunities associated with maintaining their existing networks into the future in support of policy decisions and to enable a wide range of new applications and services for Global Framework for Climate Services. A major topic emerging during the discussion period was greater engagement of stakeholders and users of the climate information and knowledge in design, development and implementation of the programmes activities since inception to ensure effective and timely delivery of the resulting information and knowledge. Such approach should help demonstrate the impact and value of the Programmes efforts to decision makers and sponsors to garner greater support for future investments in these Programmes and their associated activities. The speakers of this event were Barbara Ryan Carolin Richter, Ghassem Asrar, and Giovanni Rom.
Gender and Climate: Moving beyond the Rhetoric
H.E. Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani shaking hands with Ms Mary Robinson
An Interactive dialogue on gender and climate change was part of the UNFCCC Gender Day at COP 18 / CMP 8. It was hosted by Ms Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary. H.E. Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees - Qatar Museums Authority and the daughter of the Emir of Qatar was a key note speaker in this event. She noted that gender has never stopped people from achieving their plans for progress. Qatar women have, and will continue to play, a crucial role in developing their nation. Members of the panel spoke about why women were often the group most affected by climate change, because of the role they play in the home and as a caregiver. Other speakers in panel were, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa, Ms. Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization, Ms. Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Ms. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar.
NWP focal point forum
Mr Christian Blondin and Amir H. Delju attended the sixth Focal Points Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change (NWP). The meeting noted a progress report from the UNFCCC Secretariat. It then considered proposals and interventions from partner organizations on strengthening linkages between Parties, partner organizations and other relevant organizations in future context of the NWP. WMO representatives emphasized on the role of GFCS and its contribution to the next phase of the NWP, particularly through Capacity Building and User Interface Mechanism pillars.
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