Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, December 18, 2023

NDC Partnership pavilion at COP 28

2 - 10 December 2023. NDC Partnership pavilion. The NDC Partnership brings together more than 200 members, including more than 120 countries, developed and developing, and more than 80 institutions to create and deliver on ambitious climate action that help achieve the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Extracts of the programme

03/12 Reflecting product energy efficiency in Sub-Saharan African countries’ NDCs

This event raised awareness on and discussed the opportunities resulting from reflecting product energy efficiency targets and policies in Sub-Saharan African countries’ NDCs.

It will showcase achievements in building vibrant markets for efficient products in the region, including the adoption of regionally harmonized and ambitious MEPS for lighting and cooling products by the SADC and EAC regions, one of other policies and activities, led by the Ministries of Energy, supported by the Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) project in East and Southern Africa, a project funded by the Government of Sweden through Sida, and implemented by UNIDO, EACREEE, and SACREEE, with SEA and CLASP as technical partners. The EELA project is planned to expand to the ECOWAS region in its second phase.

03/12 Neglected opportunities to implement NDCs in food systems: Incorporating youth employment and women’s empowerment in African countries

By Netherlands Development Organisation
Co-organized by: South South North (SSN), World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN); Coalition for Action for Soil Health (CA4SH);

Youth and Gender are mentioned in three quarters of NDCs but many times it is a throwaway phrase and it doesn't have any meaningful implementation or money behind it! This event was a call to action for member states to pick up these and other neglected opportunities to transform Food Systems. The panel also explored entry points for local actors to ensure their role in the practical operationalization of NDCs. Recommendations included topics like soil health, sustainable livestock, youth employment, land tenure and women empowerment.

03/12 Pathways to Financing, Scaling & Accelerating NDC Ambitions in Energy & Food Systems

Organized by CGIAR and SNV, Netherlands, Kenya; Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GAFF), African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES), Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), IKEA Foundation, Equity Bank, Rabobank, African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES) 

While it's clear from recent NDC reports on the urgency and importance of making our energy and food systems climate resilient, the pathway to financing, scaling and accelerating the transformation is not. This event highlighted two keynote speakers to present philanthropic and financing initiatives at the forefront of mobilizing investments for fossil-free, regenerative food systems and reducing food loss & waste that work for people and the planet. 

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GAFF) shared highlights from a new report, which maps how food and energy systems are intertwined, quantifies the fossil fuel dependency of food systems, and explained why these two systems are crucial to keeping global warming below 1.5C. FMO will underscore the Paris Agreement and food security connection, and share methodologies & current practices including the use of biowaste for energy generation to reduce food waste and reduce fossil fuel dependency. 

A high-level mixed panel of governments, commercial and equity banks, policymakers and agri-business representatives discussed some recommendations and advocate for policymakers and funders to collaborate more effectively across food and energy issues. Special attention was given to farmer-centric and inclusive approaches to regenerative food systems via a nexus approach that integrates the productive use of renewable energy.

04/12 Long-term Climate Vision and Development Strategies - Lessons from Senegal and Nigeria

Organized by Senegal and Nigeria, France (AFD)

The IPCC documents an increasing gap between current global greenhouse gas emissions and trajectories compatible with the 1.5°C goal in the Paris Agreement. The agreement proposes Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS) as a key instrument to align national climate ambitions with the global climate goal, and the achievement of climate with national development goals. Only a few African countries have submitted LT-LEDS to-date. 

Going forward, LT-LEDS in African countries must align climate and development objectives by considering national circumstances and challenges, including low energy access, industrialization needs and high vulnerability to economic- and climate shocks and climate resilience. In the context of just transition, LT-V and LT-LEDS development requires a strong buy-in from national stakeholders, a policy-relevant degree of details on long-term priorities, and a nationally led and country owned process of elaboration. Building on lessons learnt in the ongoing project in Nigeria and Senegal, this event will discuss challenges with building LTV and LT-LEDS in an African context, and how to ensure that LTV and LT-LEDS can effectively support the achievement of climate and multi-scale development objectives. Furthermore, the event will also discuss how LTV and LT-LEDS can be useful in structuring international financial cooperation in support of its implementation.
  • Senegal /Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition. Madeleine DIOUF (MEDDTE); 
  • Senegal/Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE); 
  • Nigeria/Ministry of Environment Nigeria (tbc);
  • Senegal/Enda Energie (Samba FALL); 
  • Nigeria/Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCD): Chukwumerije Okereke; 
  • France/IDDRI; France/AFD; 2050 Platform Pathways

05/12 National actions for climate and food: Launch of new NDC guidance tool for Agriculture and Food Systems

By German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

This high-level side event officially launched the NDC guidance tool on agriculture and food systems. The tool offers guidance to policy makers and practitioners to support the implementation of policies, governance, and on the ground measures that enable systematic shifts in agriculture and food systems to meet NDC targets and enhance mitigation of GHG in the food sector.


09/12 Unlocking Quality Climate Finance for Agrifood Systems

Organized by FAO

Recent analysis show that Agrifood systems receive only 4.3% of total climate finance despite being responsible for up to 37% of global GHG emissions. As collective efforts are redefining the financial goal to support the achievement of targets at country level, it is crucial that climate finance takes into consideration not only the quantity but also the quality of its investments. The event explored the importance and impact of putting in place proper knowledge sharing and capacity building activities to enhance access to finance to the most vulnerable, data transparency, and relevant policy making as building blocks to stronger climate investments to accelerate agrifood systems transformation.

09/12 Advancing Sustainable Food Systems: A Pathway to Climate Resilience 

 Advancing sustainable food systems represents a crucial pathway to building climate resilience in our ever-changing world. These systems not only provide nourishment but are also key to mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts. As the world grapples with the dual challenges of climate change and food and nutrition security, the need for sustainable food systems has never been more pressing. Achieving sustainable food systems through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) targets requires a holistic approach that integrates food and agriculture into climate action plans, promotes sustainable practices, reduces emissions, and enhances resilience to climate change. This interactive side event brought together experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to explore innovative approaches and best practices in building climate-resilient food systems. 

The event was a collaboration of various stakeholders, including farmers, the private sector, civil society, and international organizations, to implement sustainable food system initiatives effectively. By embracing sustainable agricultural practices, conserving biodiversity, respecting indigenous knowledge, promoting healthier diets, empowering communities, and fostering global cooperation, we can create resilient food systems capable of withstanding the challenges posed by a warming planet.


09/12 Roundtable: NDC for Food Systems – what next after COP 28


The Roundtable Dialogue addressed how the newly launched NDC Guidance for Agriculture and Food Systems can bolster these endeavors and contribute to the strong and ambitious actions required at national level to achieve a 1.5 degree Celsius target. The event will bring together high-level representatives from member states, UN Entities, science and donor organisations.

09/12 Scaling up inclusive climate action through private sector engagement in agriculture and land-use 


Recognizing the critical need for transformation in agriculture and food systems to achieve the 1.5°C target and to strengthen resilience to climate change, the event will address some of the barriers hindering progress, by zooming in challenges such as insufficient private sector engagement, climate finance gaps and the need for inclusive decision-making. Government action is crucial, as it can create an enabling environment for engaging the private sector, incentivizing private investment, and ensuring inclusive decision-making that prioritizes marginalized groups.

 Bringing together government, civil society, indigenous communities, private sector and donor representatives, this event showcased country-level approaches, discussed mitigate barriers and risks, explored the needed regulatory measures, and underscored the importance of private sector engagement and inclusive decision-making in climate action to move towards more effective, equitable, and sustainable climate solutions.


10/12 Coordinating National Responses on Climate and Nature - NDCs and NBSAPs Alignment By WWF 

 This high level event explored approaches for both NDC and NBSAP enhancement; and Parties can consolidate and coordinate these efforts. The experiences in biodiverse rich countries can provide a blueprint for how to implement these actions and NDC partnership countries from the diverse regions will join to illustrate this in practice.

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