1st December - Thematic Day


1st December - Thematic Day


Thematic Day Hosts:

Join us for the first day of sessions at the Food Systems Pavilion!

9.00–10.30 +4 GMT

Building Bridges to strengthen Sustainable Nutrition from today to 2050

The activity is conceived as a 90-minute webinar/roundtable: “Building Bridges to strengthen Sustainable Nutrition from today to 2050. The themes, key messages and questions will address the following issues: 


  • Transforming our Food value chains to Sustainable Food Systems requires also sustainability for Nutrition. But, what is intended for Sustainable Nutrition? What are the components of Sustainable Nutrition? Is it an extremely difficult goal, perhaps even unreachable? Is it possible to pay the price for environmentally sustainable nutrition?.


  • Building bridges between Science and Stakeholders:


  • Can Science provide policy makers clear evidence for sustainable nutrition to guide decisions?.
  • Can Science help food companies to provide scenarios to better understand global production and trade?.


  • Transformation to Sustainable Nutrition landscape needs:


  • Collaboration among skateholders, 
  • Scientific evidence on what makes individual foods and dietary patterns both sustainable and nutritious, 
  • And the involvement of several components in the actions needed to implement food systems that deliver “sustainable nutrition.”

10.30–12.00 +4 GMT

Agrivoltaics: Sustainable Solutions at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Security

Designed as a “digital global classroom,” this webinar is meant first and foremost to engage university students and others who are not physically present at COP-28 events in Dubai.  Additionally, this event is intended to promote enhanced awareness of the concept and utilisation of agrivoltaics as a developmental solution at the intersection of food, energy, and water security.  With the help of a high-level panel of researchers and practitioners, we will make the case that agrivoltaics – especially in Africa and the Near East – is a particularly valuable way to foster adaptation and mitigation concurrently, while assisting small-holder and youth farmers to produce agri-food products more sustainably by reducing fossil fuel use, over-consumption of water resources, and avoiding unnecessary land-use competition between solar panels and agri-food production.

We will concurrently explore policy dimensions that inhibit faster adoption of agrivoltaic practices and investments in this area.

12.30–13.30 +4 GMT

Delivering food security whilst saving nature: the case of Brazil

Brazil is at the forefront of food systems  transformation; needing to fight hunger and malnutrition while protecting nature, especially the Amazon rainforest. 

Panelists from across Brazil´s food system will discuss the recent advances on food and land use transformation nationally as well as the challenges that still need to be addressed, from eliminating hunger and malnutrition, to delivering integrated public policies, promoting sustainable supply chains and ensuring livelihoods for rural populations. 

The event is hosted by the newly created Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) in Brazil and will spotlight how the coalition aims to contribute to the country´s ambitions on the road to COP30.

14.00–15.00 +4 GMT

EARA’s Soil Stories & White Paper: Together for regenerative agri-food ecosystems

European farmers from conventional, organic, community-supported agriculture and many other farming contexts are teaming up with living soil ecosystems in their quest to farm for regeneration. They are also teaming up in an Alliance (EARA) to make the voices of farming pioneers central in relevant political discourses to guide stakeholders’ decision-making towards the urgently needed regenerative transformation of our agri-food systems. The session will dive into individual farm cases, give an outlook into the political advocacy work of the Alliance as well as launch EARA’s White Paper “Together for regenerative agri-food ecosystems”. 

15.30–16.30 +4 GMT

What does COP28 need to deliver: a Food Systems Call to Action

To achieve the Paris agreement and keep 1.5 alive we need ambitious food systems transformation. Why do we talk about “food systems” and what are the implications for climate targets, the pushback and the solutions. What must parties and non-state actors achieve at COP28 to catalyse the transformation?

A presentation and panel discussion will outline the current state of food systems transformation, propose what a successful outcome at COP28 might look like and define what each set of stakeholders needs to bring to the table to make the transition possible.

The event is hosted by FOLU in collaboration with the Food Systems Partnership members and the Food4Climate Pavillion.

16.30–17.30 +4 GMT

Food Systems Pavilion opening reception

18.30–19.30 +4 GMT

Announcing the Pará Cattle Integrity Program: Towards Sustainable Ranching in the Amazon

Cattle ranching in Brazil accounts for nearly 24% of global tropical deforestation, while providing livelihoods for millions of ranchers in the Amazon and Cerrado regions. Efforts to dismantle the foundational barriers to curtail deforestation must be designed and championed from leaders within the region to galvanize widespread action. In response, the government in Pará is spearheading a new program to tackle emissions and deforestation caused by cattle ranching, uniting diverse stakeholders under a common vision.