Swedish government joins Rome-based UN agencies to discuss Agenda 2030 climate change challenges

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Swedish government joins Rome-based UN agencies to discuss Agenda 2030 climate change challenges

When: Monday, 18 June 2018, 15:30-16:30

Where: IFAD Headquarters, Via Paolo di Dono, 44, Rome (Italian Room)


  • Johannes Oljelund, DG for Development Cooperation, Ministry Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • Cornelia Richter, Vice-President International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) IFAD
  • Margarita Astralaga, Director IFAD's Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division
  • Alexander Jones, Director FAO's Climate and Environment Division
  • Gernot Laganda, Director WFP's Climate, Disaster and Risk Reduction Programmes

Moderator: Paul Winters, Associate Vice-President a.i., Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD.

The Story: Poor rural and coastal communities are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Their livelihoods on what can be marginalized lands are dependent upon the sustainable management of natural resources – so climate change increases any existing vulnerabilities, threatening their stability. 

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. The UN recognises that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.  IFAD has made it a priority to help smallholders adapt to climate change and reduce carbon emissions results in long-term social, economic and financial opportunities for farmers that can raise household wellbeing, incomes, and eventually GDP. 

Questions to be answered:

  • One of the aims of the Paris Agreement is to address climate change "in a manner that does not threaten food production."  Last year in Bonn, an important decision known as the Koronivia joint work on agriculture, featured agriculture more strongly in the negotiations. How are FAO, IFAD and WFP contributing to this process? 
  • What's being done to support rural communities and in particular smallholder farmers to take the lead as efficient agents in adapting to the impacts of climate change?
  • How are adaptation actions at the local level being linked to  national initiatives such as policies and guidelines?
  • What are some proven, innovative climate actions at the community level that contribute to boosting the climate-adaptive capacity of food-insecure populations?

Webcast: https://webcasting.ifad.org/hlp_climate

For interviews and/or accreditation: Jessica Thomas, mob +39 3921605992, email: j.thomas@ifad.org 

MA. No.: IFAD/07/2018

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Jessica Thomas

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