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    Climate Action for Agriculture: Strengthening the Engagement of Agriculture Sectors to Implement the Climate Change Elements of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific 2018
    Climate change poses a systemic risk to the achievement of food security in Asia and the Pacific. In acknowledgement of this risk, member countries in the region have highlighted the agriculture and land sectors as key priorities for action under the Paris Agreement (SDG 13) and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. Strategic engagement by Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fishery Ministries in these international frameworks will enhance the capacity to finance and scale up measures to strengthen the climate resilience of food and agriculture systems. This paper provides a review of current knowledge on climate change risks to food security in the region and the opportunities and challenges for the agriculture and land sectors to play a more ambitious role in implementing the Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework. It discusses the potential benefits of strong, sector-based action in support of achievement of the SDG targets related to food security, as well as the potential contributions from strategic partnerships involving the private sector, civil society, South-South and triangular cooperation and development partners. The paper cites novel adaptation strategies, such as geographic indications - GI and Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems - GIAHS, that can help farmers increase resilience and provide a buffer against extreme climate events. Member countries are invited to provide guidance on how FAO can best support their efforts to address the needs and priorities of the agriculture sectors under the climate change-related elements of the 2030 Agenda and how FAO, through its Global Strategy and Regional Initiative on Climate Change, can best support member countries to plan and implement sector-specific action to address climate change risks to food security.
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    Accelerating Action on Food Security and Nutrition in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2018
    The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was launched in July 2017 with the aim of accelerating action on food security and nutrition to support the sustainable development of SIDS. Realizing the benefits of the GAP at the community level requires tailoring the Programme to the specific social, cultural and technological characteristics of individual countries in the various SIDS regions. Accordingly, a ‘Regional Framework for Accelerating Action on Food Security and Nutrition in Pacific SIDS’ (Pacific Framework) is under development and FAO will deliver its contribution to the Pacific Framework through the Inter-Regional Initiative (IRI) on SIDS. The IRI includes a cross-regional component to promote south-south cooperation, partnerships and experience sharing, as well as components designed to address the specificities and requirements of the three SIDS regions. This paper further presents the approach to developing the Pacific components of the GAP and IRI, and outlines initial FAO activities under the IRI up to December 2018. Ministers are invited to provide guidance on preferred priority actions as proposed under the Pacific Framework and the Inter-Regional Initiative as mechanisms through which FAO will deliver its contribution to the implementation of the GAP in the Pacific SIDS region. At the 11 November 2017 Informal Dialogue Meeting between the FAO Director-General and the leaders of the Pacific Islands region, at FAO headquarters, Pacific Leaders called for an expanded partnership between FAO and the Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries. In this regard, Members are also invited to provide guidance to the Secretariat on how mainstreaming / integrating the GAP into key Pacific regional fora can be accelerated and what priority actions are to be taken by FAO towards enhancing collaboration and partnerships with traditional and new partners for improving food security and nutrition in the Pacific SIDS region.

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