UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, reconfirmed commitment to prioritize farmers’ issues
WFO met with the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, on the occasion of the Abu Dhabi Ascent Meeting on 4 May, 2014.
The Abu Dhabi Ascent Meeting was a high-level meeting called by the United Nations Secretary-General in preparation for the Climate Summit that will be held in New York on 23 September 2014, with the objective to catalyze ambitious actions on the ground to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen climate resilience. The Abu Dhabi Ascent Meeting included Ministers, Government representatives, and leaders from the private sectors and civil society. WFO, represented by the Executive Director, was fully engaged in the discussion, in particular on the action area of Agriculture.
A separate meeting with the UN Secretary-General was also held to discuss the plans for the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture focusing on how to build the membership base and ensure that the Alliance grows, and on the proposal of specific actions that might be announced during the Climate Summit in New York on 23 September
2014. This meeting was a valuable opportunity for WFO to mainstream farmer’s issues with a perspective to strengthen farmers’ position in the global policy dialogue on Climate Change and not only. Actually the UN Secretary-General, who has focused his attention on Food and Energy, during this meeting reiterated the critical importance of involving farmers in main international fora, directly or indirectly related to agriculture. Moreover, the United Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon reconfirmed his commitment to prioritize farmers’ issues in the future UN development agenda and in particular in the Climate Summit in September, 2014.