Making agricultural production more sustainable is a key challenge of our time – and it requires reckoning with an intricate web of climate, biodiversity, and food system crises. On 26-27 September 2023, as part of a regional stakeholder consultation on nature-positive trade for sustainable agriculture supply chains and inclusive development in Asia, a panel discussion explored this issue through an in-depth examination of sustainable pathways for the palm oil industry.
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The WMO provisional State of the Global Climate report confirms that 2023 is set to be the warmest year on record. Data until the end of October shows that the year was about 1.40 degrees Celsius (with a margin of uncertainty of ±0.12°C )above the pre-industrial 1850-1900 baseline. The difference between 2023 and 2016 and 2020 - which were previously ranked as the warmest years - is such that the final two months are very unlikely to affect the ranking.
Across 2023 the African Development Bank Group spearheaded a range of exciting and innovative initiatives to grow Africa’s economies - AFDB
Billions of dollars were provided by the Bank Group and its development partners to battle food insecurity, address climate change, promote renewable energies, and improve infrastructure. The Bank Group held flagship annual events: the Africa Investment Forum Market Days in Marrakesh, Morocco; the Annual Meetings in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, and the African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Circular Economy: connecting the dots between Climate Change, Resilience, and Opportunities in Africa - AFDB
Advancing Circular Economy for Climate Resilience in Africa: Dr Anthony Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank highlights Africa’s opportunities to not only tackle climate change but also position itself as a global solution to address the climate crisis.
A high-level political dialogue between ministers of donor countries of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) and ministers of Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) member countries took place in Dubai, December 4, 2023.This high-level political dialogue aimed to speed up the implementation of the commitments of the COMIFAC 2021 Declaration “Declaration of Commitment of COMIFAC Member States for the Forests of Central Africa and the Call for Equitable Financing” and the COP26 joint Declaration by, Congo Basin donors “Supporting the protection and sustainable management of the Congo Basin forests.”
On 8 December, the French-Gabonese Co-Facilitation of the CBFP, in close collaboration with ECCAS, GIZ and CAFI, organised a high-level Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on the CBFP in Dubai.The high-level dialogue was chaired by Ambassador Christophe Guilhou, Co-Facilitator of the CBFP for the French Republic, Director of Sustainable Development, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France, and Ambassador Aurélie Flore Koumba Pambo, Co-Facilitator of the CBFP for the Republic of Gabon, Gabon's Ambassador for Climate, Sustainable Development and the Environment.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) closed today with an agreement that signals the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era by laying the ground for a swift, just and equitable transition, underpinned by deep emissions cuts and increased funding.
Franco-Gabonese facilitation puts cross-border transhumance at the centre of discussions at COP 28 Climate
Dubai, 6 December 2023 - The CBFP Franco-Gabonese Co-Facilitation organised a high-level side event on the theme: "Meeting between the Sahel and Northern Equatorial Africa - The stakes for the survival of protected areas and human lives - The need to shape the framework for cross-border collaboration, to guide regional transhumance trends by taking better account of the issues of security, peace, migration, wildlife management and the increasing degradation of ecosystems as a result of climate change: The N'Djamena Declaration".
The year 2023 was a landmark one for the global governance of chemicals and waste, with negotiations on a science-policy panel for sound chemical management and talks on an instrument to end plastic pollution both making headway. September marked a critical moment as well, as policymakers adopted a new global framework for the safe and sustainable management of chemicals and waste, which experts say will complement global goals to achieve sustainable development, stop biodiversity loss, and curb plastic pollution.
21-Dec-2023 - Thanks to financial support from the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Africa 21 Association was able to invite a delegation of African journalists to Dubai to cover COP28 from 29 November to 12 December 2023, focusing on events linked to the continent. This unique experience was one of the most important among the latest activities of the Network of African Journalists specializing in sustainable development and climate change. Launched by Africa 21 in 2019, the program now counts over 700...
159 countries including Rwanda, Guinea and Burundi sign the United Arab Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action
...Maximize the climate and environmental benefits - while containing and reducing harmful impacts - associated with agriculture and food systems by conserving, protecting and restoring land and natural ecosystems, enhancing soil health, and biodiversity, and shifting from higher greenhouse gas-emitting practices to more sustainable production and consumption approaches, including by reducing food loss and waste and promoting sustainable aquatic blue foods;...
14 December 2023, DUBAI – The world’s largest publicly funded agri-food research organization called for greater ambition after food and agriculture received unprecedented attention during the UN’s annual climate talks. The summit began with 134 countries signing the UAE Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action. However, the final text on the first Global Stocktake made only one reference to food systems, even as an additional 18 countries signed the Declaration by the end of the conference.
National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and the role of youth in agriculture were the topics of the last two side events covered by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) during the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both events took place on 11 December.
At the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28) on 1 December, it was declared that 134 countries have signed the UAE Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action, committing to integrate food into their climate plans by 2025. That is good news as food has largely been absent from previous COP gatherings.
14 December 2023, Montpellier, France – CGIAR, the world’s largest publicly-funded agrifood system research network, has appointed Guillaume Grosso as CGIAR Deputy Executive Managing Director. In the newly created role, Mr. Grosso will focus on driving strategy and operations to mobilize resources and increase impact as CGIAR works towards a food, nutrition and climate-secure future for all.
African Development Bank and West African Civil Society Institute sign landmark agreement to strengthen capacity of civil society organizations - AFDB
On the left: Nana Asantewa Afadzinu - Executive Director of WACSI. On the Right : Zeneb TOURE: Manager, Civil Society and Community Engagement Division-African Development BanK The African Development Bank and the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marking a significant step in their commitment to empower civil society organizations (CSOs) across West Africa.
UN Climate Change Conference - United Arab Emirates Nov/Dec 2023 The 2023 Dubai Climate Change Conference began on a high note. During the opening plenary, parties adopted a decision operationalizing the new loss and damage fund that was established the previous year in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and a number of parties announced pledges for its initial capitalization. This success was made possible by an agreement reached in the Transitional Committee that was tasked and met throughout 2023 to make a recommendation on the institutional arrangements for the fund.
In the final stretch of the COP28 negotiations, Colombia's Minister of Environment Susana Muhamad, Kenya's special climate envoy Ali Mohamed and French Minister for Energy Transition Agnes Pannier-Runacher, will announce the launch of the expert review on debt, climate and nature.
DUBAI (Dec. 9, 2023) – Today, at COP28 in Dubai, the Government of France and Conservation International, with support from The Rob Walton Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, announced intentions for a EUR 115 million Seed Fund to kickstart natural-climate solutions as part of a new effort to promote investment in the protection of nature, an underfunded climate solution.
Press Release: The 12th meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Governing Council, December 18, 2023, 2-4:30 P.M., Virtual
Yaoundé, December 16, 2023. The 12th meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Governing Council will be held on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 2 P.M.-4:30 P.M.(Paris time) by videoconference. This meeting gathering CBFP's seven (7) colleges a few days to the end of the COP28‘s sessions aims at; reviewing the implementation of recommendations made during CBFP’s last Governing Council, presenting operational activities for the 2023-2025 roadmap of the Franco-Gabonese Co-facilitation and the CBFP governance reinforcement project.
December 12, 2023, was officially the last day of the COP28. Delegation heads for 13 days worked to avoid fights around the COP28 different daily topics by finding middle grounds to advance works. Despite the absence of forests in discussions during the COP28, strides were made climaxed with a historic agreement for “a transition away from fossil fuels” which today represents about two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. This agreement equally aims to speed up moves towards net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.
COP28 : les pays du monde entier approuvent un appel historique à une « transition hors des combustibles fossiles » - La tribune
La présidence de la conférence mondiale sur le climat (COP28) a présenté mercredi un projet d'accord final sur le climat, qui, pour la première fois, pousserait les pays à abandonner les combustibles fossiles afin d'éviter les pires conséquences du changement climatique. Les pays du monde entier ont approuvé mercredi par consensus à la COP28 à Dubaï ce projet d'accord final.
Born in the Republic of Congo in 1967, Aurélie Flore Koumba Pambo was raised in a family of diplomats, which enabled her to live in several countries (Netherlands, France, Congo, Rwanda, Niger, Cameroon, Senegal and Mali), exposing her to different cultures. She is fluent in French, English and Lingala, and has a basic knowledge of German.
COP28: CBFP Co-Facilitator Dr Aurélie Flore Koumba Pambo takes part in the ATIBT event to place tropical forests at the heart of climate solutions
On Monday 4 December, the ATIBT and its members organised an event at the COMIFAC/PFBC Pavilion on the theme of "Sustainable management of tropical forests through the prism of carbon and green finance: towards a new paradigm". The meeting, moderated by Pierre Schueller, was attended by Prosper Dodiko, Burundi's Minister of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock and current Chairman of the COMIFAC Council of Ministers, and Dr Aurélie Flore Koumba Pambo, the CBFP's new co-facilitator for Gabon.
Ambassador Christophe Guilhou, Co-Facilitator of the CBFP for France, speaks at the 2023 The Global Legal and Sustainable Timber Forum 2023
The 2023 World Forum on Legal and Sustainable Timber, organised by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), was held in Macau, China, from 21 to 22 November 2023. Under the theme "Connect, cooperate and share to promote the recovery of the global tropical timber market", the aim of the Forum was to intensify networking, collaboration and business-to-business exchanges between stakeholders in the forestry and timber sector, i.e. producers, buyers, the processing industry and market players, with a view to promoting sustainable forest management.
At the end of November, the first session of the Global Legal and Sustainable Timber Forum was held in Macao (China). The ATIBT was represented by its President Françoise van de Ven and its Innovation & Strategy Director Caroline Duhesme. Various ATIBT members took part in the event, including CIRAD, Interholco, Precious Woods, FIB, UFIGA, SYNEFOR, Bonus Harvest, and our partners CBFP and AFD. The Republic of Congo's Minister of Forest Economy and her team were also present. You can find photos of Session 1 here, and photos of the sessions focusing on green finance here.
The Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) proudly announce a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at translating commitments into tangible action with a specific focus on accelerating delivery on the commitments of the AU-EU Partnership and unlocking cooperation at the nexus of climate and economic development.
Countries Commit USD 890 Million to Accelerate Agricultural Innovation and Address Climate and Food Crises - CGIAR
Dubai, United Arab Emirates | 2 December 2023 – CGIAR, the world’s largest publicly-funded agricultural research network, has secured more than USD 890 million to accelerate progress against the ongoing global food and climate crises. With this funding, CGIAR will expand its work supporting smallholder farmers in low- and middle-income countries to shape more resilient, sustainable, and equitable food systems, reduce emissions from farming, and boost access to nutritious, healthy diets.
CBFP Multi-Stakeholders Dialogue, Friday 8 December 2023, from 2 to 3:30 P.M, COMIFAC Pavilion: code TA4-245 - zone B7 (blue zone), Building 87 (Nature), First Floor.
The Multi-stakeholder Dialogue of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) between representatives of donor countries, civil society, the private sector, INGOs and multilaterals in dialogue with representatives of Central African countries will take place on Friday 8 December 2023, 14:00-15:30 at the COMIFAC Initiatives Pavilion, Blue Zone. Theme of the event:“The Central African Forests, vital global biodiversity and carbon reserves: a major challenge for domestic and international mobilisation”.
On Tuesday 28 November, the launch event for the research programme on biodiversity certificates supported by the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN), the Fondation pour la recherche sur la biodiversité and Carbone 4 was held.
The last meeting of the Carbon and Biodiversity Commission was held by videoconference on 9 November, gathering around forty participants. Two major topics were discussed: the Three Basins Summit and new carbon opportunities for foresters.
On day one of UN climate talks in Dubai, negotiators rubber-stamped plans to get the fund up and running. The arrangements had been hashed out by a transitional committee over five fraught meetings in the past year. The Cop28 president Sultan Al Jaber hailed the decision as “historic”, with a broad smile, after watching delegates burst into a round of applause.