This article provides an introduction to the food systems and agriculture agenda at the COP28. It will include references to relevant programme elements and stakeholder groups.
Key programme information
The COP28 takes place in the United Arab Emirates, at the Expo City in Dubai from 30th November to 12 December 2023.
The COP28 website provides the latest information, including on the programme. It shows the conference sessions are categorised in zones:
The Blue zone is where the formal negotiations take place. It is a UNFCCC managed site, open to accredited party and observer delegates. It hosts the formal negotiations across the two weeks of the conference, as well as the World Climate Action Summit, the country pavilions, presidency events, and hundreds of side events including panel discussions, round tables, and cultural events. See: https://www.cop28.com/en/blue-zone
The Green zone is open to delegates and guests of the Blue Zone, Public and Private Sector, NGOs and the General Public. https://www.cop28.com/en/green-zone
A full thematic programme is currently under development. Updates on the programme of the thematic days can be found here: https://www.cop28.com/en/thematic-program
Pavilions during the COP28
Similarly to earlier COPs, specific Pavilions will focus on food systems and/or food & agriculture in relation to climate change:
The Food Systems Pavilion https://foodsystemspavilion.com/ : Accelerating #ActiononFood for people and planet. Please click this link to find the latest newsletter. Co-hosted by a group of organisations many of whom also collaborated at COP27.
Food and Agriculture Pavilion https://foodpavilion.cgiar.org/ : Tackling the food and climate crises, together. Co-hosted by CGIAR, FAO, IFAD and Rockefeller Foundation.
The Benelux and EIB Pavilion https://climate.benelux.int/cop-benelux-eib-pavilion
Food4Climate Pavilion hosted by ProVeg International https://food4climatepavilion.com/
Specific reference by FAO: Read your way to COP 28
Specific stakeholder groups and their engagement at COP 28
Local and regional governments (global network)
Senior Knowledge Broker - Netherlands Food Partnership
Ruth van de Velde