UN Secretary-General António Guterres has made nature-based solutions and food systems one of several top priorities in need of transformative action to stem the crisis on climate change. Indeed, the recent IPCC special report on Climate Change and Land detailed, in depth, the vicious cycle we’re caught in and helped further the case for why we need radical, full systems transformation.
Yet, while there’s definitely still a lot of work to do to galvanize more actors to have a deeper understanding of how global food systems are connected to the root causes of climate change, we also need to understand how the climate and food system communities can collaborate more at this critical time and catalyze new ideas. We need to identify where the opportunities are, and, indeed, how we can overcome the shared challenges we face. These are just some of the issues we’ll be addressing at our (sold-out) Climate Crisis and the Future of Food event in New York City this September.
During this day-long, interactive event — right in the heart of Climate Week — we’ll be looking at why we need to urgently shift the narrative from simply reforming agricultural production to recognizing that a broader systems perspective enables us to bring about real, sustainable, system-wide transformation. There will be keynote speeches from Professor David Nabarro, co-facilitator of the Nature-Based Solutions coalition of the UN Climate Action Summit, Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Climate Change and Land Report, and Karen Ross, Secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture — while a panel of diverse stakeholders will also share their thoughts on how to unite the climate and food systems transformation agendas. Attendees will also be given a presentation of a beta-version of a global policy simulator of climate and food systems from Climate Interactive.
More than 150 people from a range of perspectives and sectors have registered to participate and the registration process is, unfortunately, now closed. We’re delighted to report that we are at full-capacity.
If you can’t join us in NYC, don’t worry:
- You can follow the event on our Twitter account (@futureoffoodorg), we’ll be posting throughout the day and encourage you to get involved in the conversation and share your thoughts, comments and questions.
- We will be holding a major international Climate and Food Symposium in May 2020 in Salzburg, Austria, to keep this conversation moving.
To register your interest in the 2020 event today, please email Patty Fong (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Food and Climate Symposium 2020 – event registration” in the headline and we will keep you updated on the event plans and how to take part.