Food Systems and Climate Action

Monday, 24th July, 16:30-18:00



Climate action across agri-food systems is urgent to build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and to reduce their carbon footprint to meet the growing demand for food globally.


Agriculture and food systems are increasingly vulnerable and impacted by climate change and its effects, with cascading effects on food security and nutrition, poverty and livelihoods, particularly in Africa and Small Island Development States (SIDS). Food systems represent up to 42% of global emissions, meaning that a sustainable food systems transformation is fundamental to achieve the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Only 1.7% of the global “climate finance” is targeted to smallholder farmers, reflecting the need to increase the inclusivity of climate finance mechanisms.

The session will focus on the following questions:

  • What are possible incentives to promote resilient, sustainable and low-emission agricultural production along the whole value chain?
  • How to strengthen and promote efficient local markets and circular economy, with a particular focus on the role of primary producers?
  • How technology can be successfully leveraged for climate adaptation, early warning systems and risk management?

This session aims to:

  • Promote an integrated approach to deliver on climate action and food systems transformation, which are often complementary means for delivering the SDGs.
  • Scale up public and private investments at the global and national levels in the food system transformation.
  • Increase transparency and coordination as part of a roadmap to achieve the SDG2 through the 1.5 degrees ambition.
  • Prioritize small-holder farmers to achieve long-term food security and climate action.

Ministerial Statements


UNFSS+2 Ministerial Statement


Antonio Tajani
H.E. Mr. Antonio Tajani

Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation

Mariam Almheiri
H.E. Ms. Mariam Almheiri

Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Qu Dongyu
Mr. Qu Dongyu

Director-General of FAO

Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani
H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani

President of Mauritania

Kaies Saied
H.E. Mr. Kaies Saied

President of Tunisia

Sheikh Hasina
H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Fiame Naomi Mataafa
H.E. Ms. Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa

Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Samoa

Mostafa Kamal Madbouly
H.E. Mr. Mostafa Kamal Madbouly

Prime Minister of Egypt

Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
H.E. Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed

Prime Minister of Djibouti

H.E. Mr. Gilberto Pichetto Fratin
H.E. Mr. Gilberto Pichetto Fratin

Minister of Environment and Energy Security, Italy

Interventions from the floor

  • Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries