If we as a global community are going to meet our Paris commitments and realize a climate- and food-positive future, we must navigate potential obstacles and opportunities and weigh associated environmental, economic, social and cultural implications, together.
In early May 2017 the Global Alliance for the Future will bring together 250 experts and leaders from the local to the global to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need today and tomorrow, and to chart potential pathways to get there.
- Opening Plenary on climate science, policy, and impacts, including how our climate outlook impacts critical food systems issues such as equity, health, migration, political unrest, hunger.
- The launch of a major research study on Climate Change and Food Systems with recommendations on global and national climate responses to mitigate climate change in order to avoid catastrophic global temperatures, and to create an environment in which food systems can indeed be resilient and adapt.
- Plenaries on frameworks for change from Philanthropy, Business, Government, Civil Society, and Academia, showcasing solutions and climate-positive pathways to change.
- Breakout sessions on how to harness the power of True Cost Accounting, Health and Well-being, Agrobiodiversity, Animal Agriculture, Beacons of Hope, and Food and Climate Movements toward a more climate friendly future of food.
- An emphasis on dialogue, interaction, solutions, and realizing positive change.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Payal Parekh, 350.org
- Janos Pasztor, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
- Rajasvini Bhansali, International Development Exchange (IDEX)
- Charlotte Streck, Climate Focus
- Duncan Pollard, Nestlé
- Olivia Yambi, IPES-Food
- Chris Elliot, Climate Land Use Alliance (CLUA)
- Raj Patel, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
- Alice Ruhweza, Vital Signs, Conservation International
- Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood, UNEP
- Francisca Acevedo, Comisión nacional para el conocimiento y uso de la biodiversidad (CONABIO)
- Michael Hamm, Michigan State University
- Phrang Roy, Indigenous Partnership for Agro-biodiversity and Food Sovereignty
- Nori Ignacio, Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives For Community Empowerment (SEARICE)
- Iain Wright, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- Cecilia Rocha, Ryerson University
- Peter Bakker, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
- Haripriya Gundimeda, ITT Bombay
- Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, FAO
- Ronnie Vernooy, Bioversity
- Barbara Herren, Biovision Foundation
- Shefali Sharma, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
- Pat Mooney, ETC Group / IPES
- Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South
- Million Belay Ali, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
- Jessica Fanzo, Johns Hopkins University
- Keith Tuffley, The B Team
- Pavan Sukhdev, GIST Advisory, TEEBAgriFood UNEP
- Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists