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Aquatic food as a climate solution

Briefing event for climate negotiators during SB60

Event Details:

Monday, June 10, 2024
1:15pm - 2:45pm CEST (4:15am - 5:45am PDT)


Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Aquatic, or "blue", foods are a game-changing climate solution to supply low-carbon, high-quality nutrition. They hold enormous potential for increasing food security and economic growth in developing countries, while providing critical adaptation and mitigation solutions to climate change. Recognizing this, the 2023 UNFCCC Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue selected “fisheries and food security” as one of the two topics for deep-dive discussions. The Dialogue emphasized the need to integrate aquatic food climate solutions into both national and multilateral climate policies and actions. The Dialogue outcomes were subsequently welcomed in the COP28 decision on the Global Stocktake. The COP28 UAE Presidency also launched a political Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action that refers explicitly to sustainable aquatic food and has so far received endorsements from 159 countries.

To leverage this momentum, this side event aims to inform climate negotiators about the progressive developments on aquatic foods in the climate agenda. It will raise awareness of climate change impacts, risks, and vulnerability as well as adaptation and mitigation solutions in the aquatic food sector. The event will also discuss the development of sectoral guidelines on how to integrate aquatic foods in updating Nationally Determined Contributions, seeking feedback from the participants. The discussions will touch upon practical entry points to further incorporate aquatic foods under the UNFCCC. By bringing together climate negotiators and stakeholders from the aquatic food sector, this event creates a unique platform for knowledge exchange, dialogue, and collaboration.

The event is expected to result in increased awareness of aquatic foods among climate negotiators, building on the recent momentum of the Ocean Dialogue, COP28 decisions, and the UAE Declaration.

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This event is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), WorldFish, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Aquatic Blue Food Coalition, and the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions.

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