Nutrition and Climate Change – The 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)

Nutrition and Climate Change – The 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)
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The 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) is taking place from 6 to 18 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. More than 45,000 people representing Parties, UN and regional organizations, businesses, civil society, the scientific community, indigenous and local communities registered to the Conference to jointly enhance and accelerate the implementation of climate action and follow up on our collective commitments and pledges.

This year, like never before, food systems are part of the agenda of COP27. UN-Nutrition, the United Nations coordinating mechanism for nutrition, will actively engage – as in the past few years – to increase awareness about the interlinkages between diets, food systems and climate change, and to highlight the importance of addressing nutritional and environmental challenges through joint policy options to generate co-benefits for people and the planet. UN agencies play an important role in supporting international, national and sub-national policymakers in creating evidence-based policies and programmes that provide co-benefits for nutrition and the environment. In particular, at COP27, UN-Nutrition will advocate for integrating healthy diets from sustainable food systems and improved nutrition in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

Several events will address nutrition, including the ones listed below:


For the first time in the history of the UN Conference of Parties, COP27 will have a pavilion dedicated to food and agriculture. Organized by FAO, CGIAR and The Rockefeller Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Pavilion will host a rich program of events that will show how agrifood systems are part of the solution to the climate crisis, bringing together government and community leaders, farmers, academics and other experts who are taking decisions on innovative solutions to help countries take effective climate action.

Check out the Food and Agriculture Pavilion program here:

Small-scale farmers produce up to 80 per cent of the food in developing countries but receive less than 1.7 per cent of climate finance. Also this year, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will be at COP27 to amplify the voices of small-scale producers and promote their role in climate change responses and resilient food systems.

Check out the IFAD Pavilion program here:

Climate change is already affecting people’s health and will continue to do so at an accelerating rate unless urgent action is taken. The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and partners will host the Health Pavilion that will convene the global health community and its partners to ensure health and equity are placed at the center of the climate negotiations.

Check out the Health Pavilion program here:

Check out the list of COP27 official side events and exhibits at: