Written by: Genna Tesdall (YPARD Director) & Pramisha Thapaliya (YOUNGO)
On April 13th and 15th, the COP27 Presidency of Egypt and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) hosted a unique Consultation on Agriculture and Food Security at the 27th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) at the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa in Cairo. Initiatives launched by the host government of the COP have become tradition, and the Egyptian government is making a unique mark by including a diversity of stakeholders in consultative processes, in an effort to co-design the proposed COP27 food and agriculture initiative.
YPARD had the honor of contributing to the consultations as a youth and young professionals stakeholder, and owes a huge thanks to the new think and do tank ClimEat for suggesting and funding YPARD’s travel as an appropriate representative. Genna Tesdall, the Director of YPARD, attended the in-person consultations. The inclusion of YPARD allowed the organization, as a member of the YOUNGO (the youth constituency of the UNFCCC processes) Agriculture Working Group, to draw in YOUNGO to the consultations; this opportunity, as the members of the YPARD Policy Working Group and YOUNGO can attest, represents a landmark opportunity for youth to substantially contribute to the co-design, and hopefully co-implementation, of the proposed COP27 food and agriculture initiative. A consultative process was held with the YPARD Policy Working Group, YPARD Steering Committee, and the YOUNGO Food and Agriculture Working Group to gather inputs for both oral and written interventions. The written intervention can be found at the end of this article.
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